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Solar & Alternative Energy

Ralph Romero: Bankability of Novel Energy Technologies

A plenary talk from SPIE Optics + Photonics 2017.

24 August 2017, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201708.08

Ralph Romero, Black & Veatch (USA)New technologies are helping energy system owners improve performance and service to their customers while creating a sustainable energy future, says Ralph Romero of Black & Veatch in this plenary talk. But many of these new tools and processes are unproven and costly, which may hinder their large scale deployment.

Romero addresses the topic of new technology bankability and how owners, technology providers, and financial institutions assess their risk exposure before embarking on significant projects. He focused on lessons learned from the rapid growth of the photovoltaic industry and discussed areas where technology risk should be further reduced.

Ralph Romero is a solar PV specialist with over 25 years' experience in the design and manufacturing of solar photovoltaics. He is a recognized expert in the commercial development of crystalline and thin‐film photovoltaic technology.

Romero leads the independent assessment of novel technologies practice at Black & Veatch Management Consulting. He advises domestic and international manufacturers, developers and financial institutions in the areas of technology, manufacturing, product and process design, among others.

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