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Intersolar has been actively involved in the Middle East region since 2013 with various events, such as the Intersolar Summit Middle East that took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the successful exhibition and conference in Dubai since 2015 and the journey with Middle East Energy continues.

With a 45-year legacy Middle East Energy has well established itself as the region’s most reputable and comprehensive energy event in the MENA region, where globalbuyers and sellers connect to discover products and showcase solutions to deliver cleaner energy and supply sustainable power.

Event Overview

Supported by Intersolar, this high-level Conference focuses on photovoltaics, PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies. Since its foundation, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the global solar industry.


Conference Agenda

11:30 - 12:00

Opening Session

Speaker: Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH


12:00 - 13:30

Green Hydrogen: What Does it Take to Industrialise?

What is the current status of the implementation? Which actions are required to get green hydrogen to an industrial scale? Industry leaders will discuss the economic efficiency of green hydrogen and its significance for the global economy. They share their visions and increasingly the concrete steps towards materialisation, and how political support will enable the market.

Speaker: Cornelius Matthes, CEO/SVP, Kuwekeza Holdings / Dii Desert Energy


13:30 - 14:00

Networking Break


14:00 - 15:30

Green Hydrogen: Infrastructure

A hydrogen economy at scale will complement the renewable sector to build a resilient energy system. Is an entire rebuild required, or can existing assets contribute to an accelerated transition? What infrastructure exists and what will be further required? Expect real-world answers and a look at upcoming investments.

Speakers:

  • Ashwani Dudeja, President & Director (Green Hydrogen and Ammonia), ACME Group
  • Rafael Schmidt, Head of Business Development, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH
  • Dr. Andrea Lovato, Executive Vice President of Business Development. Head of Renewable & Hydrogen Development, ACWA Power
  • Shaji John, Head of Sales & Business Development, South Asia, Middle East & Africa, Ohmium

15:30 - 16:00

Networking Break


16:00 - 17:30

Renewable Hybrid Solutions

The ever-growing share of intermittent renewable power generation feeding electricity into the grid has created stability challenges for the utilities. This leads to further requirements for grid integration and operation. Combining different sources of renewable energy and energy storage is part of the solution.


17.45 - 18.00

Closing Remarks and End of Conference


10:30 - 12:15

MENA Solar Market Outlook

Middle East energy transitions are picking up speed. Driven by well-designed auctions, favorable financing conditions and declining technology costs, renewables are being brought into the mainstream. The Middle East is set to become a market leader in renewable energy. Up to 90GW of renewable energy capacity, mainly solar and wind power, is planned across the MENA region over the next 10- 20 years Renewable energy will account for 34% of total power sector investments across the MENA region over the next five years.

Speakers:

  • Parag Bhamre, Partner, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar
  • Curro Nicolau Castellanos, Chairman, Goenergy Group
  • Diaa Edd, Director -Strategic Business MENA, Sungrow Middle East DMCC

12:15 - 12:30

Networking Break


12:30 - 14:00

Utility-Scale Solar: New Technologies to Optimize Design, Reduce Cost and Improve Yield

Are you ready for a roundup of technology innovations - including modules, inverters, mounting/trackers, and system design on utility-scale solar projects? Watch out for the latest Impact of technology changes on yield and cost and utility-scale plant design optimization & performance.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH
  • Eran Meller, Co-founder and Chairman, Ecoppia
  • Hans Juergen Sauter, Vice President MENA, nextracker
  • Waqas Hussain, Business Development Manager, Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen GmbH

14:00 - 14:15

Networking Break


14:15 - 15:45

Utility-Scale Solar: Total Control - How Big Data Improves O&M and Asset Management 

Big data and artificial intelligence are big buzzwords also in solar power plant O&M and Asset Management. The promises: superior and predictive analytics of system losses and reliability enabling improved system design and maintenance, saving on labor and cost. But what's real, and what's fiction?

Speakers:

  • Leandro Bento, Chief Technical Officer, Yellow Door Energy
  • Dariusch Khanzadeh, Global Head Sales, BD & Partnering Solar PV, Siemens Energy
  • Daniel Barandalla, Solar Advisory Lead EMEALA, UL Renewables

15:45 - 16:00

Networking Break


16:00 - 17:30

Utility Scale Solar & Storage and Grid Integration

Utilities are investing heavily in utility-scale energy-storage solutions, putting big batteries next to power plants and transmission lines and in substations to reduce costs and improve reliability. Renewables, combined with storage are becoming a key part of the modern grid and are indispensable for the prevention of bi-directional flows. Let's talk about how solar & storage will add the most value.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Fuchs, Vice President MBA, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar
  • Klemens Wegehaupt, Solution Manager, Siemens AG
  • Dr. Peter Fath, CEO & Founder, RCT Solutions GmbH

10:30 - 12:00

Solar Energy: Supply Chain Challenges and Solutions + Module Design for Harsh Environment

The global solar market grew considerably in 2022 despite COVID-19 and material supply shortages. But is the industry ready for the next level? Are the supply chains resilient enough for the current boom? How is the situation when it comes to special product and component designs for the harsh environment? Get a solid market update.

Speakers: 

  • Josef J. Gmeiner, CEO, Rinovasol Group
  • Jalel Hamila, Global Strategic Account Sales MEA-APAC, China, JA Solar International Ltd.

12:00 - 12:30

Networking Break


12:30 - 14:00

Energy Storage Market & Technology Outlook

Energy storage has emerged over the past decade as an important element of future energy systems. But what are currently the major drivers and key trends in the increasingly mature energy storage market? Which technologies are showing the most promising prospects for the future? Get your up-date on latest market and technology developments.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Fuchs, Vice President MBA, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar
  • Eren Engür, Senior Business Development Manager, Azelio
  • Dr. Rashi Gupta, Managing Director, Vision Mechatronics Pvt Limited

14:00 - 14:15

Networking Break


14:15 - 15:45

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV): Beautiful, Multifunctional, and Compelling - The Long-Awaited Rise of Solar as Building Material Is in Sight

Hailed as the perfect solution for solar in the building environment for many years, only a very limited number of building-integrated systems have been installed for various reasons. With the first cities, states, and countries having passed laws for mandatory solar inclusion for new houses and leading global module manufacturers launching their BIPV products, it looks like the time has come for this to change.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Nabih Cherradi, Chief Technology Officer, Desert Technologies
  • Mohammed Saady Al Dweik, Technical Services Manager, Jinko Solar

15:45 - 16:00

Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Committee Members for 2023

Dr. Nabih Cherradi
Partner, Chief Technology Officer
Desert Technology, UAE

Denisa Fainis
Associate
Three Eight Six, UAE

Daniel Fuchs
Vice President
EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar, Germany

Cornelius Matthes
Chief Executive Officer
Dii Desert Energy, UAE

Michael Schmela
Executive Advisor & Director of Market Intelligence
Solar Power Europe

David Wedepohl
Managing Director International Affairs
German Solar Association, Germany

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