7-9 March 2022
Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

7 - 9 March 2022 | Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

Intersolar Conference

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.

Intersolar Conference Agenda

10:30 – 11:00

Opening Ceremony & Welcome Notes

10:30 – 10:40

Welcome by the Organizer

Dr. Florian Wessendorf

Managing Director, Solar Promotion International GmbH, Germany

10:40 – 11:00

Keynote Speech

H.E Yousif Al Ali

Assistant Undersecretary, Electricity, Water and Future Energy Sector of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE 

11:30 – 01:00

Green Hydrogen: A Ride Through Vision, Strategy and Policy Making

What are the political and regulatory framework conditions? How are governments managing the transformation from the natural gas to the hydrogen economy? What role does hydrogen play in the decarbonization of the energy industry? Use cases. How can oil & gas use hydrogen as an opportunity, e.g. for repurposing infrastructure? Which role can international cooperations, e.g. with Europe, play to boost the development of green hydrogen in the region.EU and Japan could work as good case studies on green hydrogen.

11:30 – 11:35

Welcome by the Moderator

Cornelius Matthes

Chief Executive Officer, Dii Desert Energy, UAE

11:30 – 01:00

Green Hydrogen: A Ride Through Vision, Strategy and Policy Making

Claude Mourey

Director, Hydrogen and New Energies - Middle East, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, U.S. 

Dan Feldman

Partner and Global Co-Lead, Energy Innovation, Shearman & Sterling LLP, U.K. 

Uwe Zwiefelhofer

Managing Director, Head Middle East and North Africa, Linde Engineering Middle East Llc, UAE 

Dr. Andrea Lovato

Executive Vice President Business Development, Head of Renewable & Hydrogen Development, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia

01:30 – 03:00

Green Hydrogen: Tech Up-Date-Producing, Transporting, Distributing, Using

What does it take to make green hydrogen the sustainable fuel of the future from a certification and technical point? What projects are running currently? Where should the generation capacities for green hydrogen be and what is the estimate of price and market for the future? Which role does waste to hydrogen play? How can green molecules be produced and shipped to local and world markets? We assess implemented projects, real cases, pilot projects and separate the hype from the reality.

01:30 – 01:35

Welcome by the Moderator

Dr. Florian Wessendorf

Managing Director, Solar Promotion GmbH 

01:35 – 01:55

Key Enabler Green Hydrogen: From Water Electrolysis and Green Ammonia Production to Ammonia Cracking

Erika Niino-Esser

Business Developer/ Technical Specialist, Thyssen Krupp, Germany 

01:55 – 02:15

Hydrogen – The Tangible Value-added Chain

Grigorios Iatropoulos

Tendering Manager, MEA Region, MAN Energy Solutions Middle East LLC, UAE


02:15 – 02:35

The Hydrogen Economy - Debunking the Myths

Frank Wouters

Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, UAE

02:35 – 02:55

Hydrogen Transport via LOHC – The Safe and Efficient Alternative to Ammonia

Rafael Schmidt

Head of Business Development, Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH, Germany 

2:55 – 03:00

Q&A Round

03:15 – 04:45

Solar Investment Opportunities in the Middle East

With ambitious renewable energy targets, increased market liberalization, and enormous solar potential, the solar PV sector in the Middle East is set to boom over the next five years. However, several challenges are hindering investment and growth in the regional market. SolarPower Europe's latest investment opportunities report explores the reasons behind why some of these markets are so “hot” in the eyes of investors and what can be done to unleash their potential.

In this session, the authors of our new report will explore the business environments in Egypt, Jordan, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, before doing a deep dive on their respective energy contexts, including the key stakeholders, and regulatory frameworks for investing in the solar PV sector. At the end they will draw out several key recommendations designed to harness the enormous solar PV potential in these markets.

Benjamin Clarke

Business Analyst, International Cooperation, SolarPower Europe, Belgium.

Antonie Poussard

·         Managing Partner, Finergreen, UAE

Roger Taylor

·         Business Development Director, EXXERGY GmbH 

10:30 – 12:00

Renewable Energy: Redefining the Energy Transition

Is 2022 the inflection point for the energy transition? The trends to be discussed: oil and gas prices, energy demand, falling renewable energy prices, deflationary power prices and discussions on stranded assets. How will investment flows change given the situation? How can renewable energy take the lead in the energy transition? Is it time for a new paradigm? Get your policy and regulatory up-date and find suitable business models and applications in the region.

10:30 – 10:35

Welcome by the Moderator

Gesche Maass

Conference Manager, Solar Promotion GmbH

10:35 – 10:55

PV Market Outlook and Trends

Lara Hayim

Solar Associate, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Switzerland 

10:55 – 11:15

Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen: The Energy Revolution

Clive Turton

Chief Investment Officer, ACWA Power, Saudi Arabia.

11:15 – 11:35

Decarbonisation and the Role of PV

Dariusch Khanzadeh

Department of Strategic Tasks -Business and Planning, Siemens Energy, UAE

11:35 – 11:55

The Solar Automation Revolution

Eran Meller

Co-founder and Chairman, Ecoppia, Israel

11:55 – 12:00

Q&A Round

01:00 – 02:30

Renewable Energy: Project Assessments and Best Case Studies in MENA

MENA is a market estimated to be worth more than $20 billion until 20204, according to the MESIA (Middle East Solar Industry Association). MENA's solar sector is poised to witness further growth and continue on its upward trajectory. The regions utility-scale projects are among the most competitive worldwide. Distributed solar projects are gaining momentum. We are going beyond technical aspects and evaluating the latest technologies. Find out the drivers and enablers.

01:00 – 01:05

Welcome by the Moderator

Hamzeh Buqaei

ِAmbassador, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar, UAE  

01:05 – 01:25

Energy Transition in the Middle East: Large-Scale Market Opportunities & Outlook 2022

Parag Bhamre

Partner, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar, UAE 

01:25 – 01:45

The Five Ingredients of a Successful Solar Project Start

Hans Juergen

EVP Middle East, ZIMMERMANN PV-Steel Group, Germany

01:45 – 02:05

Challenges and Opportunities for Utility Scale PV in MENA

Daniel Barandalla

Solar Advisory Lead EMEALA, UL Renewables, Spain 

02:05 – 02:25

PV 2.0 - Future Local Production

Josef J. Gmeiner

Chief Executive Officer, Rinavasol Group, Germany 

02:25 – 02:35

Future Outlook: The GCC Clean Energy Markets & Technology Choice for PV Power Plants

Khaled Sharbatly

Group Chief Investment Officer, Desert Technologies, Saudi Arabia 

03:00 – 04:45

Renewable Energy: Supply Chain and Special Climate Conditions

Get a solid market up-date. In focus: post Covid-19 recovery, pricing landscape - forecasting - future procurements, tech update focus on desert environment, supply chain developments, digitalization and carbon reporting.

03:00 – 03:05

Welcome by the Moderator

Dr. Florian Wessendorf

Managing Director, Solar Promotion GmbH 

03:05 – 03:25

Globalization vs Localization of PV Power Plants - The Impact of COVID-19

Hamzeh Buqaei

ِAmbassador, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar, UAE  

03:25 – 04:45

New PV Technologies to Drive the Next Generation of Solar Industry

Mohammed Saady

Technical Services Manager, Jinko Solar, Saudi Arabia 

03:45 – 04:05

PV Modules Supply Chain QA/QC

Joseph Nader

Division Manager Solar Energy - UAE, TÜV Rheinland, Germany 

04:05 – 04:25

PV Inverters, Field Failures and Uncertain Cashflows: Why Bankability Matters

Sishir Garemella

Head - International Business Development, PV Evolution Labs, U.S. 

04:25 – 04:45

All-in-one Product for Fast, Reliable Photovoltaic Cable Connection: 80% Time Saving without any Special Tool Required

Frank Rosenkranz

Regional Product Manager Solar EMEA & APAC, TE Connectivity, Germany

10:30 – 12:00

Energy Storage: Utilities Scale - Game Changing Market and Technology Trends

Energy storage technologies have evolved rapidly in recent years - and with good reason, given the exponential growth in utility-scale plant capacity. Learn about business models, applications, tenders and more. Consider how the market is shifting and adapting as power generation, distribution, and storage technologies open up new possibilities.

10:30 – 10:35

Welcome by the Moderator

Parag Bhamre

Partner, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar, UAE 

10:35 – 10:50

BESS Storage Challenges and Opportunities

Diaa Edd

Director –Stratigic Business MENA, Sungrow Middle East DMCC, UAE

10:50 – 11:05

Renewable Made Reliable: Unique Solution to Long-duration Energy Storage

Eren Engur

Senior Business Development Manager, Azelio, Sweden 

11:05 – 11:20

Long-duration Stationary Energy Storage for Reliable Power Supply with Renewable Energies

Olaf Rogge

Head of Business Solutions & IT Monomers, BASF, Germany

11:20 – 12:35

Technology Trends and Innovation for Modern Electric Grid and Battery Storage

Simay Akar

CCO and Co-Founder, Innoses, Turkey 

11:35 – 01:50

Solar + Storage for Electrification of Non-interconnected Areas

Marc Guirguirian

Energy Storage Business Development Director for EMEA, Socomec Group, France

11:50 – 12:00

Q&A Round

01:00 – 02:30

Energy Storage: Behind the Meter - Drivers, Enablers and Investment Opportunities

What are the drivers, enablers and alternatives to battery storage deployment behind the meter? Is the energy storage market creating enough investment opportunities and energy storage solutions pace the way towards smart cities? What are promising business models, applications and pilot projects. How can Energy as a Service (EaaS) be utilized?

01:00 – 01:05

Welcome by the Moderator

Dr. Habih Cherradi

Chief Technology Officer, Desert Technologies, UAE

01:05 – 01:25

Exploiting Synergies of PV and Energy Storage in the Middle East

Christian Scholz

Senior Project Manager Renewable Energies, Energy Economics & Environment, FICHTNER GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 

01:25 – 01:45

Energy Storage for Your Business: Enablers and Opportunities

Youssef Ammar

Hybrid Solutions Expert, Yellow Door Energy, UAE

01:45 – 02:05

Ev Charging Station and Micro-Grid Energy Storage

Waseem Ashraf Qureshi


02:05 – 02:25


Daniel Zywietz

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Enerwhere, UAE

02:25 – 02:30

Q&A Round