2019 Wood Mackenzie Brisbane Coal Forum

  • Seoul, Korea
Renewables cost revolution: Can wind and solar displace fossil fuels in Asia Pacific?

In the past decade, the Asia Pacific region has still relied mainly on conventional power technologies to meet new power demand, with over 80% of new power output coming from coal, gas, nuclear and hydro. Meanwhile, Renewable energy is also ramping up due to the technology advancements and declining costs. The region’s wind and solar installed base produced an estimated 790 Terawatt-hours of electricity in 2019, enough to displace coal-fired power plants that would emit 700 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. Will renewables displace conventional fuels in Asia’s growth markets in the 2020s? Is offshore wind power a key driver for regional renewables growth? What are the challenges ahead for the solar industry?

To help you better understand the trends that are shaping Asia Pacific’s power and renewables markets in the 2020s, Wood Mackenzie is delighted to invite you to our upcoming briefing in Korea on 24 April 2020.


  • 24 April 2020

    • Registration

    • Battle for the future: Update on power technology costs and market opportunities across Asia Pacific

      - Latest outlooks for wind, solar, gas and coal generation costs and technology competition

      - Updated outlook for market penetration of solar, wind and storage in Asia Pacific to 2050

      - The barriers still ahead: Curtailment, competition, subsidy cuts and grid integration


      • Alex is responsible for overall power and renewables research strategy in Asia. He supports solar, wind, storage and power analysts to develop insightful and high-impact analysis and reports, building team capabilities and research product strategy. Alex also engages with clients and industry leaders at key events and meetings. Alex has over 10 years’ experience in the energy industry in China and Asia, including roles at McKinsey, GE and IHS Markit. His work experience includes provincial-level modelling of China’s power, coal and gas markets, policy analysis, power and fuel price forecasting, power project feasibility studies, and product strategy for power equipment. Education: MA, Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

    • Digging into declining solar costs -what lies ahead? (To be confirmed)

      - Impact of the coronavirus on module and panel pricing

      - Tariffs and trade wars: how geopolitics are changing global solar markets

      - What lies ahead? Solar technology roadmap in the 2020s and impact on the supply chain


      • Dr. Xiaojing Sun is a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie specialized in global solar PV supply chain and technology development. Her coverage areas include the expansion of the solar manufacturing capacity across the globe, the commercialization of new technologies, the evolution of solar system cost in different markets, and the interaction between technology, market, and policy. With the greater Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables team, Xiaojing is committed to unpacking market conditions for clients and discovering new opportunities. Before joining Wood Mackenzie, Xiaojing was the chief technology officer at The Greenlink Group, a data-driven clean energy consulting firm, leading the development of energy modeling platform and clean energy consulting projects. Her work directly contributed to over 30 American cities passing and implementing 100% clean energy programs. Before Greenlink, Xiaojing was a research manager at Stanford University Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. In this position, she led a team to exam the development path of the Chinese solar PV industry and the sources of their competitive advantage. Education PhD, Energy and Climate Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology MSc, Environmental Management, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment BSc, Environmental Engineering, Nankai University

    • Coffee break

    • The changing drivers of offshore wind development in Asia Pacific

      - Review of trends in global outlook for onshore and offshore wind markets - Latest outlooks for offshore wind projects and policies in Asia Pacific - Competitiveness assessment of offshore wind: cost and technology outlook


      • Robert has over 10 years of analyst experience, having worked in research functions in New Zealand, Thailand, China, and Singapore. He has expertise in market intelligence, strategy planning, analysis, and forecasting in the wind power sector in Asia Pacific. He is responsible for regional Asia Pacific reports, offshore wind, emerging markets, and has completed numerous projects for supply chain companies, private equity, and IPP/utilities with a focus on Asia Pacific markets. His opinions have been quoted by leading newspapers and trade publications – Bloomberg, Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review, The Economic Times, Recharge, Windpower Monthly, etc. He has spent over 35 years in Asia Pacific living in Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Thailand, and China, where he has spent the last eight years working at MAKE, a leading Danish wind consultancy before merging with Wood Mackenzie. Robert works out of our office in Singapore. Education Robert has a master’s degree in public policy from Tsinghua University specializing in renewable energy.

    • How is solar industry responding to increasing market risks across the globe?

      - Review of trends in global outlook for onshore and offshore wind markets

      - Latest outlooks for offshore wind projects and policies in Asia Pacific

      - Competitiveness assessment of offshore wind: cost and technology outlook


      • Rishab is a solar analyst at Wood Mackenzie focusing on downstream PV markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Rishab has been researching the entire solar value chain for more than three years. His primary focus is in helping clients navigate the solar policy and competitive landscape in Asia. He does so by producing solar outlook backed up by project tracker. His broader work encompasses modeling the levelized cost of electricity, and communicating the competitive positioning of the companies. He also maintains data on M&A activity and asset ownership landscape for related insights. ​ Before joining Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, Rishab worked as a solar market analyst at GTM Research & MAKE Consulting. At MAKE, he helped the company kick start it’s solar research product offerings. ​ He also has experience working with cleantech start-ups in the UK and India. He is based out of Singapore Office. Education MSC Sustainable Energy Futures, Imperial College London

    • Networking


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