Abu Dhabi Smart Lighting Summit gathers over 300 delegates

More than 300 industry experts attended the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. The event is being held under the patronage of Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality.

The day started with the presentation from Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert at Abu Dhabi City Municipality talking about DMA’s Lighting Handbook. The Handbook provides comprehensive information on the design elements, lighting control standards, signage design specifications, ADQCC LED fixture certification scheme and ESMA Lighting Standards. Followed by Martin’s presentation, Christian Schraft, President – Europe, Havells Sylvania, the Diamond Sponsor of the event talked about trends in the lighting industry.

Over 20 sessions are being presented by local and international speakers from world over specializing in the areas of lighting design, sustainable lighting applications and lighting technologies.

A thought provoking session “The Promise and Potential of Connected Lighting” was initiated by Alfonso D’Andretta, Head of Lighting Systems and Services, Philips Middle East and Turkey. During his session, Alfonso talked about Connected Lighting. Imagine a world where every light point is part of an intelligent system that not only provides high-quality, reliable illumination but that also serves as a pathway for data and services.

Lighting technologies are changing at a fast pace and we all need to understand what these new developments are how to make best utilization of such advancements. Yves Borlez, Research & Technology Director of Schreder Group had an interesting perspective on Integrating Intelligence into LED Street Lighting Products as part of his presentation.

How do we define Energy? Is it just electrons moving through wires? Lighting systems use energy from the moment a raw material is mined and beyond the day the fixture is trashed. Zachary Suchara, Director of Design at Luma Lighting Design stunned the audience when he explained the long-term energy impacts of lighting and lighting control systems on the built and natural environment. Processing of raw aluminum in the US uses 300 trillion BTU’s of fuel every year. That is enough energy to power to power 31.5 million stove top burners. With the advent of LED is the energy we are saving by using LED outweighing the energy we are using to create LED fixtures?

Other industry experts that presented at the Summit included Helmut Regvart, GM & Head of Design – Lighting Design Austria, Technical Delivery Manager – Utilities at Mouchel Middle East, Simone Collon, Associate – Lighting Practice Leader Europe at Arup, Waleed Fakousa, Associate, CD+M Lighting Design Group, Roger Narboni, Lighting Designer, Concepto Studio, Nigel Parry of OrangeTek, Mark Rodman, Vice President – Asia Pacific, Echelon Corp and many others.

Today will be another interesting day with presentations and case studies from Gerald Strickland from Middle East Lighting Association, Elizabeth Thomas, Senior Vice President, Institution of Lighting Professionals, Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer at KEO, Yvon Muller, Artistic Director at Ymagine Light. The day will end with roundtable discussions focusing on four topics Developments in LED Standards – (LM-84, TM-28 etc), Specifications and Conformity Schemes in the Middle East, Lighting Design Practices and Solar & Other Renewable Lighting Technologies.

The delegates also witnessed the latest in lighting technologies and solutions being displayed at the Summit by major sponsors such as Sylvania, Philips, Ligman, Schreder, Leotek, Luxvision, Amko Solar, Technilum, Kenall, OrangeTek, Hubell Lighting, iGuzzini and Inaba.

About Expotrade: Expotrade Global is a conference and event organizer headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with a regional office in Dubai. We work with government authorities from various cities to host events in the fields of construction, infrastructure, banking, landscape, IT, lighting & energy, and sustainability.

Middle East Smart Lighting Summit to open next week in Abu Dhabi

Under the patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will take place on 24th & 25th November at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

The emphasis is continually being put world-wide on Energy consumption and with over 20% of the world’s electricity being consumed by lighting alone, a 1% saving would contribute hugely towards this initiative. The objective of the Middle East Smart Lighting Summit is to educate stakeholders on best practices involved in sustainable lighting design and installations. Over 300 delegates from the public and private sector will come together next week at Dusit Thani to share ideas and discuss strategies around sustainable lighting.

“We are proud to be hosting the Summit in Abu Dhabi for the 3rd year in a row under the continued patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality. With the various organizations being represented at the summit from countries worldwide including UK, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Ireland, USA, Germany, Taiwan, France, Poland, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Qatar and UAE, it is overwhelming and reassuring to see the global collaboration of such industry leaders coming together at this event which reinforces the importance and commitment the industry has towards Sustainable Lighting. The two-day program offers a range of topics and viewpoints focused around Sustainable lighting design and quality installations, Energy efficient street lighting, public realm and outdoor lighting applications, Lighting standards, certification and regulations updates, Trends in LED’s, smart lighting controls and solar lighting, Upcoming lighting projects and strategies by local municipalities and developers, International lighting project showcases – the success stories and lessons learnt and New smart lighting technologies and innovative product design” commented Brad Hariharan, Project Director, Expotrade, the organizer of the Summit.

An exciting line-up of international and local speakers have been confirmed for the event, including Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert at Abu Dhabi City Municipality , Zachary Suchara, Director of Design at Luma Lighting Design, Helmut Regvart, GM & Head of Design – Lighting Design Austria, Elizabeth Thomas, Senior Vice President, Institution of Lighting Professionals, David Dunn, Technical Delivery Manager – Utilities, Mouchel Middle East, Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer at KEO, Yvon Muller, Artistic Director, Ymagine Light along with other industry leaders.

Simone Collon, Associate – Lighting Practice Leader Europe from Arup will present at the Lighting Summit on “Smart Meaningful Lighting Concepts”. Simone over the years has worked on various award winning international projects with UN Studio, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Asymptote, Zaha Hadid, MVRDV, BIG and other well-known architects. Besides that Simone has worked with large global clients from different sectors such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Bentley.

An innovative session by Roger Narboni, Lighting Designer, Concepto Studio on “New Trends in Lighting Master Planning and Urban Nightscapes” will be a key topic not to be missed. In 1987 Roger launched a new discipline called “Light Urbanism” and has since released more than 120 lighting master plans and numerous landscape, urban and architectural lighting projects globally such as the Cathedrals of Paris and Reims, Garonne river landscape in Toulouse, Nightscape of Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Dujiangyan rivers nightscape and many others.

The delegates will witness the latest in lighting technologies and solutions being showcased by major sponsors worldwide including Sylvania, Philips, Ligman, Schreder, Leotek, Luxvision, Amko Solar, Technilum, Kenall, OrangeTek, Hubell Lighting, iGuzzini and Inaba.

DMA’s launch of the Lighting Handbook is the first step in a range of additions and revisions to DMA documents through 2014 and 2015 with regards to public realm lighting, which will include revised DMA Lighting Specifications. The Book will provide comprehensive information on the design elements, lighting control standards, signage design specifications, ADQCC LED fixture certification scheme and ESMA Lighting Standards. A CD version of the Lighting Handbook will be distributed at the event to all the delegates.

Kahramaa President to open Solar Qatar Summit next week in Doha

H.E. Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, President of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation – Kahramaa will open the Solar Qatar Summit in Doha on 17th November at The Ritz Carlton in Doha.

Qatar is turning to renewables with some revolutionary initiatives already underway, and a strong commitment by Qatar’s visionary leaders to sustainable development. Research and development is essential in combating the harsh elements impacting the performance of solar technologies and through the deployment of innovation and effective government policy Qatar will be able to harness its solar energy potential.

Saleh Hamad Al-Marri, Head of Renewable Energy Technologies Section, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation – Kahramaa will brief the audience on Kahramaa’s plans to implement solar energy projects in Qatar.

Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) has partnered with various international companies to manufacture High Efficiency & State-of-the-Art Solar PV Technologies in Qatar. Salim Abbassi, CEO of QSE will talk about their manufacturing facility which will produce two types of high efficiency crystalline modules: 1) Metal Wrap Through (MWT), which uses back contact, and 2) Hetrojunction (HIT) technology. In addition, QSE will produce Bifacial modules which has the ability to produce additional energy from the back side of the module using reflected sun rays on the backside of the module.

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) an initiative of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D) is a primary incubator to promote technological advancement and to support research and development in the nation. QSTP focuses on four themes according to the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) announced in 2012 which includes developments in the areas of Energy, Environment, Health Sciences and ICT. Green Gulf has been involved in developing the Solar Test Facility at QSTP. Omran Al Kuwari, CEO, GreenGulf will present their First Year findings from the Solar Test Facility at the Solar Qatar Summit next week.

With the gradual depletion of Oil & Gas reserves, it has become a growing realization that renewable energy is the only viable alternative. The technological advancements that have been made into renewable energy has led to reduce costs and an increase in demand which is playing a vital role in ensuring Qatar’s continued commitment and investments into solar energy to help reduce carbon-footprint and extend the lifetime of natural resources. The Solar Qatar Summit will provide an ideal platform bringing together high profile keynotes, international and regional case studies, interactive discussions as well as an exclusive exhibitor lounge contributing to the developments and initiatives taking place in the solar energy industry.” commented by Brad Hariharan, Project Director at Expotrade, the organizer’s of the Summit.

Over 300 delegates have confirmed to attend the event next week being held on 17-18 November at Ritz Carlton in Doha. An expert line up of international and local speakers have been confirmed for the event, to name a few – Prof. Eicke R. Weber from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE Germany, Bradley Jason Horn, from Qatar Petroleum, Eng. Abdulla Hassan Al-Meshadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties, Frank Wouters, Renewable Energy Thought Leader, Former Deputy Director-General – International Renewable Energy Agency, Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, Professor, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Dr. Mohamed Darwish, Principal Investigator – Solar Desalination, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Dr. Amer Aladhadh, Economic Development Advisor, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar.

The delegates will also have the opportunity to witness the latest in solar technology being showcased by GT Advanced Technologies, Monsson Group, Skypower Global, Green Gulf, Project Navigator, Altius Fotovoltaic, Yazaki, Eurosol, Si Tec, Mimizu, Solarity and many others at the Summit.

Solar Qatar Summit is organized by global conference company Expotrade. With offices in Melbourne, Australia and Dubai, UAE, Expotrade has delivered some of the most well attended B2B industry conferences and events in industries including Solar energy, lighting, smart cities, infrastructure & IT.