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

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

Technical Hub

Be part of our Technical Hub and gain valuable knowledge on key topics that have been dominating the headlines within the energy community. Technical sessions will feature an array of engaging and interactive sessions led by world-class technical experts sharing industry best practises and how to choose the right technology for your power systems. 

Bringing the latest developments across key sectors including Renewables & Clean Energy, Transmission & Distrubition, Backup Generators & Critical Power, and Energy Management, the Technical Hub focuses on quality content, context, and in-depth discussion accompanied with vast opportunities to network in a group of peers.

2022 Sessions Agenda

Theme: Decarbonisation, renewables and clean energy

Fireside chat: The energy landscape transformation: retooling systems for a new era

  • Challenges and developments in energy generation: what can we expect in the coming decade?
  • The bid to increase the share of renewable energy: is 65% by 2030 realistic?
  • Changes associated with increased renewable energy share: volatility, decentralisation, energy storage
  • Balanced energy and backup power as critical tools to ensure stable power supply and frequency in the grid

Michael Wagner

Director BD, Rolls Royce Solutions (Germany)

Michael Sheppard

CEO, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)

11:00 - 11:30

Hybrid solutions: Achieving carbon neutrality with hybrid ecosystems

  • Hitting operational targets whilst reducing climate impact: the true benefit of hybrid solutions
  • Future-proofing hybrid ecosystems with battery energy storage systems and intelligent power management
  • Green uptime: can hybrid solutions help achieve carbon neutrality?
  • Case study: the data centre industry and climate neutrality by 2030

Liam Round

Critical Power and Renewable Energy Segments, DEIF (UK)

11:30 - 12:00

Renewable power sources for EV charging and e-mobility: opportunities and outlook

  • Retrofitting EV charging infrastructure: challenges and solutions
  • Smart street lighting solutions: is this the green answer for increasing energy costs?
  • Creating a EV public payment chargeback plan

Heliodor Macko

Chief Executive Officer, SEAK (Slovakia)

12:00 - 12:30

Designing and executing successful renewable energy projects: what does it take?

  • Critical success factors to manage project risks before, during and after the construction of large scale renewable energy projects
  • Barriers: how to manage challenges that arise during project execution
  • Maintenance: setting up effective post-handover maintenance systems for major renewable energy projects
  • Case study of the Ras Ghareb Wind Energy project in Egypt

Hans Bruins

Construction Director, Engie (Egypt)

12:30 - 13:00

Blockchain based P2P trading platform: a solution for trading rooftop solar energy

  • Blockchain and peer-to-peer (P2P) power trading as a route to navigate threats to centralised control operations and energy markets
  • Optimising the use of ever increasing volumes of energy data in Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, batteries, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and embedded networks
  • Building a trustworthy energy transaction management network without a central authority. Can it work?

Suddhasatta Kundu

Senior Manager – Technical Advisory, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) (India)

13:00 - 13:30

Theme: Transmission and Distribution

Digitalisation of remote assets in a new era

  • Challenges with multi-vendor system components
  • Key requirements for management of remote devices
  • Accurate data management across remote site equipment such as generators, solar controllers and inverters

James Kime

Product Manager User Ready IoT, HMS (Sweden)

Davor Tonic

Business Development Manager, HMS (Sweden)

14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 15:30

High-temperature superconducting (HTS) cable lines - Innovative Solutions for complicated transmission and distribution projects

Andrey Kashcheev PhD

Head of Directorate of Strategic Development and Advanced Research R&D Centre, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (Russia)

Delivering balanced supply: best practises in retaining grid stability whilst providing secure supply

  • Safety of supply for the final users in commercial & industrial developments: the most critical aspect of Energy Management Systems suppliers
  • Case study: Willinga Park renewable project delivered by ComAp Renewable Center of Excellence in Australia
  • Best practices and future outlook

Florent Simon

Business Development Manager, ComAp

15:30 - 16:00

Innovative cables & systems solutions

  • Expansion and considerations for localisation and green initiatives
  • Spotlight on welded aluminium Sheath for HV & EHV cables

Mohamad El Chmouri

VP - Technical & QC Departments, Riyadh Cables Group (KSA)

16:00 - 16:30

Theme: Critical and backup power

Supporting industries to power the future: Hybrid power solutions

  • Hybrid back-up power solutions
  • Solar diesel hybrid systems vs solar-battery hybrid systems vs diesel systems: pros and cons
  • Managing the variability of PV systems
  • Case study: Dubai’s DIFC and Abu Dhabi’s Zaya Nurai Island

Daniel Zywietz

CEO, Enerwhere

11:00 - 11:30

Fireside chat: Evolving towards greener power generation

  • Can prime power generators using green hydrogen and targeting zero emissions replace traditional generators?
  • Exploring the feasibility of hydrogen powered generators replacing diesel gensets with no CO2, HC, NOx, or fine particles emissions
  • The challenges of running generators exclusively on hydrogen and gas
  • Reviewing the lifespan of generators using gas and green hydrogen over diesel generators — how do their design and predictive maintenance contribute to their own life cycle?
  • The usage of automated power management system and technology: 4G and cloud monitoring allow full control and data transparency

Stephane Jardin

Chief Commercial Officer, EODev

Richard Flynn

Director for Product Planning and Development, Moteurs Baudouin

Arun Stanly

Head of Business Development, MENA, Frost & Sullivan

11:30 - 12:00

Outside of the box: solar power as a backup and hybrid power solution

  • Basic solar vs hybrid systems
  • The expansion of bifacial panels on trackers: an important design factor to maximise energy gain
  • The advancements in floating solar panels and agrovoltaics

Nick Lusson

Business Development Executive, Jubaili Bros Solar East Africa

12:00 - 12:30

Theme: Energy Management

Smart machines: the future of power systems

  • Designing for reliability: the key elements of a future-proofed, long-term critical power system
  • Intelligent testing of backup power: integrating effective manual or semi automatic testing tools
  • Retrofit and upgrades: software and hardware modifications and upgrades

Fayssal El Kotob

Assistant Manager - Technical Solutions Department, Jubaili Bros (UAE)

13:30 - 14:00

Critical power design for reliability: Control and power management systems

  • Types of cyber-attacks on smart grids: how to identify, analyse and categorise major and minor threats
  • Evaluating network vulnerabilities and the overall cybersecurity state of your smart grid
  • A snapshot of the latest advances and countermeasures to vulnerabilities in smart grid cyber-security

Liam Round

Critical Power and Renewable Energy Segments, DEIF (UK)

14:00 - 14:30

Critical power infrastructure digitalisation and safety: the cybersecurity perspective

  • Threat detection, resilience and cyber security - protecting assets in a the age of AI, Industry 4.0 and IoT
  • Building cybersecurity into connected products
  • A snapshot of the latest advances and counter measures to vulnerabilities in critical power infrastructure and related connected systems

Anees Muliyattil

Product Line Leader - Critical Power & Digital Infrastructure, Eaton (UAE)

14:30 - 14:50

Protection virtualization technology: the utilities revolution

  • Challenges in traditional substation automation architectures
  • Introduction to substation centralised protection concept
  • Real time performance requirements for protection virtualization and virtual machines
  • Advantages and examples of centralised/virtualised protection and control

Marco Nunes

Global Product Marketing Manager, Digital Substation Products, ABB Electrification, ABB (Switzerland)

14:40 - 15:10

Clean energy transition and the role of the power grid

  • Reviewing the accelerated pace of integration of energy storage systems (ESS) in MENA: what policies and regulations are required to integrate ESS into the MENA power markets?
  • Scaling and systemic integration of variable renewable energy (VRE) systems into the power grid
  • Battery storage: is this the way forward for MENA?

Michael Sheppard

CEO, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)

15:10 - 15:30

CEBC Venture Capital Event

Currently, MENA is witnessing a strong momentum in its venture capital industry, especially within thee-commerce, real estate, and fintech sphere. Despite the surge in the number of climate tech startupsolutions, their number is still limited, and this is partly because the climate tech startup ecosystem in theMENA region is not yet sufficiently developed to provide a supportive and enabling environment to startups.However, this is where private funding becomes particularly vital to the expansion of the startup environment.This session explores how to channel private funding into climate tech startup solutions, and provide themwith sufficient financial backing to allow these startups to introduce innovative solutions that tackle climatechange-related issues, which can then be implemented on a local and regional level.

Opening remarks

Dr. Nasser Saidi

Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council

11:00 – 11:10

Presentation and White Paper Launch: VC & PE Investments in MENA Climate Tech

Ahmed Elbermbali

Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council

11:10 – 11:30

Panel Discussion: VC & PE Investments in MENA Climate Tech: Challenges and Recommendations


Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Advisor, Clean Energy Business Council


Zied Beb Hamad

Executive Director, AFKAR Ventures


Sudarshan Pareek

Vice President, CE - Ventures

Katarina Hasbani

Partner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory, AESG

Daniel Zywietz

CEO, Enerwhere (UAE)

11:30 – 12:30

Round table discussion

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Market insights on power grid equipment

Market uptake of flexible AC transmission systems in the Middle East

  • Impact of potential renewable energy roll out on power grid in Middle East
  • Technologies enabling renewable integration
  • Case-studies from other regions (Australia, North America, Europe)
  • Historical & future landscape of FACTS Market in Middle East

Qutub Baig

 Senior Analyst, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)

14:30 - 15:00

Market trends of transformers and switchgear

  • Key trends in Middle East’s T&D equipment markets
  • Impacts of renewable energy on the T&D equipment market in the region
  • Electrification in transport sector and power grid (examples from Europe)

Saqib Saeed

Chief Research Officer, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)

15:00 - 15:30

Fireside Chat with PTR's Analysts


Hasan Zaheer

Chief Commercial Officer, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)


Qutub Baig

 Senior Analyst, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)


Saqib Saeed

Chief Research Officer, PTR (Power Technology Research) (Germany)

15:30 - 16:00