Renewables Conference

The two-day free to attend event will run alongside the MEE conference and  provide concentrated insights into the transformative dynamics of renewable energies around the world. Among other aspects, the event will emphasize how various technologies can produce synergies and, in turn, create an integrated energy system. The conference is specifically designed for visitors who want a comprehensive overview of the global energy transition and its potential benefits for their company, all condensed into just two days.

Co-delivered by

11:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE

11:15 AM

What is driving the market in the 2020s?
Cornelius Matthes, CEO / SVP, Kuwekeza Holdings / Dii Desert Energy

11:30 AM

Keynote Speech
Daniel Zywietz, CEO, Enerwhere Sustainable Energy DMCC

11:45 AM

Keynote Speech
Hisham Sumayli, KACARE Technology Localization Director, King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy

Session 1: The Middle East and the Emission-Free Technology Mix


Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE


Middle East Market Opportunities in the Context of a Global PV Market Growth 
Silvia Macri, Senior Analyst, IHS Markit, Italy


The Emission-Free Technology Mix and UAE Achievements


Sand Storm Erosion and Cleaning Abrasion of PV Modules in Arid Climates
Joseph Nader, Division Manager, TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH, Germany


Emission-free Technologies Powering New Mega Cities in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia




Panel Discusssion: Identifying Market Leaders and Trends by Segments


Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE


Panel Discussion

Benjamin Attia, Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, U.S.
Nick Carter, Convener for EU-GCC Clean Energy Network, Senior Advisor to PwC, PWC Middle East, United Kingdom
Omar Sadder, Regional Development Manager,
Yellow Door Energy, United Arab Emirates
Cornelius Matthes, CEO / SVP, Kuwekeza Holdings / Dii Desert Energy




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Session 3: Energy Storage Game-Changers: Markets, Technologies, and Business Models


Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE


Energy Storage: The Holy Grail of All Emerging Energy Technologies
Markus Hoehner, CEO, International Battery & Energy Storage Alliance - IBESA, Germany


Are Supply Chain and Partnerships more Important than the Battery Technology Itself?


Energy Transformation: Clean Energy Portfolio in Dubai
Taher Diab, Senior Director, Strategy & Planning / Secretary General of Emirates Energy Award, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, United Arab Emirates


Battery Storage: Is the Middle East Ready Yet? Briefing forLCOS/LCOE for Utility Scale Battery Storage Use Cases
Fadi Maalouf, CTO, Dii Desert Energy



Session 4: Innovation Ahead: EVs, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, and Smart Grid Solutions


Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE


The Electric Vehicle Ecosystem as A Part of Future Cities
Karim Mousa, Regional Business Development Manager - FutureGrids MENA, Siemens Middle East


Integration of Significant Renewables in the Grid - Implications for Fossil Assets in the Energy Transition
Doug Waters, Director of Energy Services - Global, Uniper Energy Services, United Kingdom


Smart Grids: Key Enabler for the Energy Transition
Dr. Mustapha Taoumi, Clean Energy Technology Key Expert, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, Morocco


The ASC Technology: The First Medium to Small Size CSP with Storage for 24/7 Operation
Prof. Dr. Ayman Al-Maaitah, Managing Director, Wahaj Solar, United Arab Emirates


Disruptive Technologies, Bifacial Modules and its Potential in the UAE
Daniel Barandalla, Senior Solar Project Manager, UL Renewables, Spain



Session 5: Saudi Arabia: Ambitious Plans for a Renewable-Focused Future


Welcome and Introduction
Hisham Wyne, Chief Content Creator, HWM, UAE


Maximizing the Green Investment Potential in KSA
Turki Al Sheri, CEO, ENGIE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Saudi Arabia Energy Transition: Investment Opportunities towards Sustainable Future
Abdulrahman Alsayari, Business Development Analyst (Energy Sector), Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority (SAGIA), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Innovative PV Technology for Increasingly Competitive Projects
Dareen Ayyad, Business Development Manager Middle East, Jinko Solar, Saudi Arabia


Entering the Club of Solar Leaders in the Middle East: KSAMarket Assessment & Future Perspectives
Bhamre Parag, Partner, EuPD Research & Joint Forces for Solar




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Renewables Theatre
Thursday 5th March
11:30 - 12:30

A focus on private sector opportunities in Africa’s solar energy markets 

The solar market is expected to deliver a variety of major projects over the next 10 years in Africa alone. 

This panel will comprise leading stakeholders, responsible for growing, developing and facilitating the rapid expansion of the solar sector across Africa.

Opportunities range from large-scale grid-connected projects to off-grid solar home systems, through to hybrid systems (including diesel and storage) to solar water pumping, solar stoves or solar water heaters.

The session will provide attendees with the following:

  • An overview of the African market (trends, analysis & forecasts
  • Case studies on 2-3 markets of particular current interest
  • Procurement and development strategies understood
  • Advice and need to know information for those who wish to enter the market


Moderator: Iwan Walters, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland & Board Member, Clean Energy Business Council
John Frederick van Zuylen, Founder, AFSIA
Charles Johannes Liebenberg, Chief Financial Officer, AMEA Power
Macky Sullivan, Senior Associate (Corporate, Finance & Investments), King & Spalding
Alessandro Ortu, Head of Project Development, Phanes Group

14:00 - 15:00

Tools and Testing Procedures for PV System Performance   

Whether testing at initial system start-up, performing regular inspections, troubleshooting, or verifying system performance, having the right tools and understanding of test procedures for PV systems is critical to maximize system runtime and keep warranties intact. In this course with a focus on safety, as a system owner, operator, or maintenance technician, you will gain a basic understanding of how to identify and use the common tools of the trade and the troubleshooting strategies used to diagnose some of the problems that you are most likely to encounter on a PV system. In addition, we will describe some basic concepts of system performance that are critical when doing any kind of testing on PV systems. This course is an excellent starting point for understanding the role of operations and maintenance procedures in keeping PV systems functioning safely and optimally over the course of their entire lifespan.  


Kristopher Sutton, Director of Business Development Middle East and Africa, Solar Energy International


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