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Published on September 27th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

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Cleantech Revolution Comes To European Capital Of Culture, & Nissan Jumps On The #CleanTechTour

September 27th, 2016 by  


In case you didn’t catch word, I’ve been nearly invisible here on CleanTechnica for the past few weeks because our 2nd daughter (Julia) was just born on September 9 and I’ve been playing mommy + daddy to our 2-year-old daughter Lily for a few weeks, while also trying to help mommy + the newborn as much as I can. But we have a conference fast approaching, so I’m again raising my head above the editing + content curation side of CleanTechnica.


Wrocław (where I live) is the home of our next Cleantech Revolution Tour conference (register for free here). It is also one of two current “European Capitals of Culture” — which is not to say it’s Europe’s #1 cultural capital, but it has a lot to offer and is a great city to visit. (You can read more about the European Capital of Culture program here.)

The biggest draw for conference attendees, though, is certainly the conference itself. Since I last wrote about it, we have signed up several more exciting and expert presenters. Additionally, Nissan has joined as a sponsor of the conference, and Radio RAM, GRAMwZIELONE, and Idea Place have jumped on as supporters. These four partners join initial sponsors and partners Europejski Instytut Miedzi (aka European Copper Institute)GridHub, Important Media, TechBerlinLeonardo Energy, and CleanTechnica (of course).

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Nissan will be bringing not only LEAF electric cars for test drives, but also e-NV200 electric vans. I’ve never driven the latter, so I’m personally excited about that opportunity!

Aside from all of the topics and speakers I announced in my previous article about the conference, we have several new ones to highlight. You can check out the conference website for more details, but here’s a summary of topics we’ve added:

  • EV Sales, Batteries, Charging, & Regulations In China
  • How to Increase EV Sales by Offering Ready-Made Business Solutions
  • The Rise of EVs in Ukraine
  • How Your City Can Be More EV Friendly
  • Predicting Technology Transitions (especially as this relates to electric transport)
  • How to Beat the Big Guys & Install Solar PV at Your Home or Business in Poland
  • How Utilities Can Support Electric Vehicle Growth in Poland

Remember, to make the conference as accessible as possible, we have made registration free! Join us in Wrocław for some cleantech inspiration and fun!

Here are short bios of some of the newly committed speakers:

Arsenii Abduraimov

Arsenii Abduraimov

Arsenii started the green transport revolution in Ukraine. As a technical engineer and experienced businessman, he has always been engaged in the car market and has worked in the EV industry since 2008. He initiated widespread awareness of electric transport in Ukraine (bioauto.com.ua) and endeavoured to change legislation and attitude towards green transport and charging networks. Since 2015, Arsenii is a Chairman of the Board of Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine (ev-ua.org), and in the same year, became a certified engineer-technologist for the assembly of EVs. Through mind and matter, Arsenii started Ukraine on its way to clean, fresh air.

Hanna Yanchuk

Hanna Yanchuk

Hanna is the Deputy Head of the Board for Development Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine. The association unites supporters and users of electric cars to promote electric vehicles, setting up the infrastructure of charging stations, development and adoption of legal frameworks for the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly transport, saving scientific and industrial potential and attract it to creation new jobs in Ukraine. Our purposes are developing of EV’s market in Ukraine and representation of Ukraine in the world “green” market.

Marcin Mizgalski

Marcin Mizgalski

Marcin Mizgalski is a pioneer and challenger. He challenged the Polish system and started his own PV power plant in his garden, leaving non-believers in awe. As a former marketing director at major Polish enterprises including the Warsaw Stock Exchange and Telekomunikacja Polska, a founder and creator of numerous businesses and portals, Marcin now enjoys his adventure with renewable energy at both personal and professional levels. He is a passionate blogger, market influencer, and most importantly, environment lover. Let’s find out if he has buried the hatchet with the powerful energy utilities!

Michał Jarczyński

Michał Jarczyński

Michał Jarczyński, head of the Energy unit of IPM (Poznań), is focused on developing financial & organizational e-mobility solutions for the municipal sector. Michał Jarczyński is a graduate of Poznań University of Technology’s Faculty of Machines and Transportation (1992) and completed postgraduate studies in finance at Poznań University of Economics (2000). He has managed numerous manufacturing and consulting companies. Michał also won an award from the Minister of Industry in a competition for “most interesting initiatives in business development” (1993).

Since 1998, Michał has worked for Arctic Paper Kostrzyn SA (beginning as a Financial Director and in 2002 becoming the President of the Board of Directors). From April 2009 until 2013, he was the CEO of the international group of companies that is the parent of that company – Arctic Paper. During 2005–2006, Michał supervised the development of a combined cycle power plant in Kostrzyn on the Odra River. Within Arctic Paper, he supervised 4 CHPs (i.e. combined cycle power plants in Poland, a hydroelectric power station and a biomass cogeneration plant in Sweden, as well as a fossil fuel power plant in Germany). Since 2013, Michał has been President of the Board of Directors at ENEA Operator. Since October 2013, he has also been a Member of the Board of the Polish Association of Power Transmission and Distribution.

Michal Ramczykowski

Michał Ramczykowski

Michał Ramczykowski graduated from Wroclaw University of Economics in 1997 in the Department of Management and Marketing. Since November 1998, he has been working at the Polish Copper Promotion Centre (PCPC). His focus has been on managing electrical & energy projects with a special interest in coordinating market development projects on the Polish market. Michał coordinated the IEE Project on “Energy Efficient Electric Motor Systems in New Member Countries” (Motor Challenge). In 2008, he was nominated as the Managing Director of the PCPC. He continued to manage Energy & Electricity Projects in Poland and CEE with a special focus on energy policy and Leonardo ENERGY projects as well as building construction, health & environment, communications, and PR. He completed an MBA course in 2011 and earned a diploma in Business Mediation in 2013. After reorganization of the Copper Alliance network in Europe and the company changing its name to Europejski Instytut Miedzi (European Copper Institute Poland), Michał has continued as the company’s Managing Director.

Roland Irle

Roland Irle

Enjoying a lifelong interest in cars and technology with over 20 years of auto-industry experience, Roland is now convinced that the best cars for the future will be EVs. In partnership with Jose Pontes and Viktor Irle, he cofounded EV Volumes to create the premier source of EV industry sales data and broader EV consultancy.

Roman Tabaka

Roman Tabaka

Roman Tabaka is a pioneer of new technologies in Poland. As an electronics expert and constructor, he started a local radio station, Elka, in Leszno in 1993. In the year 2000, he built the first wireless internet network in Poland, called PRONET, which provides service to more than 3000 clients in Leszno and the surrounding area.Roman’s vast experience, ambition, and perseverance seemingly guarantee the success of the projects he gets involved in. For more than 5 years now, Roman has been the president of T&T Proenergy, which tests the efficiency of photovoltaic installations and is one of the very first companies in Poland to do so. The company’s installation in Leszno has been used by banks in Poland to assess risk and income in the bank loan procedure. Today, T&T Proenergy supplies the most efficient state-of-the-art PV solutions to generate electricity from solar energy

Sebastian Koziołek

Sebastian Koziołek

Sebastian Koziołek, PhD, works at the University of Technology in Wrocław at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering as Chair of Design and Research of Machines. Sebastian Koziołek is a mobile scientist involved in the research of predicting the development of technology and innovation engineering as well as their application in solving complex mechanical engineering problems and developing new products and services. Sebastian completed his engineering course of studies at Nottingham Trent University in 2002 as part of the Socrates–Erasmus program. Winner of the European program Leonardo da Vinci, where he designed an installation for mixing components in pharmaceutical production in SkidTek in Ireland.

In 2010, Sebastian completed a three-month science internship as a visiting professor at George Mason University in the USA. He is a three-time scholarship winner in the best young scientists program of the University of Wrocław as part of the Młoda Kadra project. Sebastian also participated in the prestigious program of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education called “TOP 500 Innovators,” in which he did another internship on commercialization of scientific findings at Stanford University in Silicon Valley. In 2014 and 2015, together with the University of Technology in Milano and Sydney University, Sebastian developed and researched a method for predicting developments in technology. He is currently doing research in predicting developments in technology, innovative design, renewable energy, creativity, and management; cooperating with many universities and companies around the world.

That’s a pretty stellar lineup of new speakers, no? I’m super excited about the fascinating presentations we’ve lined up, and I’m not saying that to toot my own horn — Jacek Fior has actually been the one leading the event organization and planning, so the credit really goes to him. The people I’ve brought in have largely come through previous connections and good luck.

You can find out more about the conference and the other presenters and topics in my first article about the Wrocław conference, and you can get more context via articles about our previous conferences. Of course, you can also visit the Cleantech Revolution Tour website: http://cleantechtour.com


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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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