Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Power Qatar Summit 2015 begins tomorrow

Doha, Qatar, October 25, 2015: The two- day Power Qatar Summit, which is to be held under the patronage of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) will be opened tomorrow here at Ritz-Carlton Doha.

The event focused on power generation and transmission in the State of Qatar will witness the presence of a number of visitors, exhibitors and delegates among others to discuss and exchange ideas concerning region’s energy future. Organized by global conference producers, Expotrade, the summit will explore the growing focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean technology and offer a comprehensive overview on the future of energy development in the region,

The 2015 conference agenda offers delegates an overview of Qatar’s sustainable energy plans and future strategies in the arena. The summit is considered as a recognized event, which brings together key policy makers, energy leaders and professionals.

Deliberating on the prospects of renewable energy, the Day 1 of the conference agenda will feature topics pertaining to KAHRAMAA’s prospective and ongoing projects related with the solar energy; Smart Energy Solutions, renewable energy resources: current status, future prospects and QNRF’s action plan regarding clean energy technologies.

Apart from a panel discussion on reviewing the challenges facing solar industry growth and the role of solar energy in sustainable city development, the first day of the summit will also cover sessions on 400 -kV Interconnection Super Grid; Enabling the Smart Grid through Efficient Utilities Solutions; Effective Energy Management: Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy 2030 and Energy Storage Opportunities for Transportation and Grid Applications in the GCC Region.

Day 2 agenda includes sessions on FIFA World Cup 2022 powered by innovations; grid-connected photovoltaic systems; improving energy efficiency in buildings through regulation; understanding the potential of renewable energy for MENA; and the panel discussion will also focus on attaining sustainability through a combination of conventional and renewable energy sources.

Building on the success of the Solar Qatar Summit, the latest edition of the Power Qatar Summit is designed to cover all aspects of power and energy and address the new opportunities and developments available in the region. Over two days, the summit will host a robust panel of experts and speakers who will discuss new developments arising in the sector. Last year’s Solar Qatar summit was a resounding success and this year promises to be no different.

The summit has the support of leading companies such as Engie, Siemens, Bronzeye, KPMG, Ooredoo, Rawafid Systems, Oracle Utilities, Eversheds, NEP, Innovation Renewable Energy, and the exhibitor lounge will feature solutions from over 20 companies.

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Qatar’s Energy Future in Discussion at the Power Qatar Summit 2015

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, October 20, 2015: Qatar government’s various initiatives to accelerate and bolster its energy strategy in order to achieve a sustainable energy future has gained global recognition. It is against this backdrop that global conference producers, Expotrade have organized the Power Qatar Summit, incorporating the successful Solar Qatar Summit.

Held under the patronage of Kahramaa, the two-day summit brings together senior policy makers from the government, sector specialists, scientists, technologists and researchers to collaborate and engage in a discussion on the region’s energy demand and growth and explore opportunities to redefine its future energy model.

Talking about the energy market in the GCC region, Mr. Sharad Somani, Executive Director & ASPAC Head for Power & Utilities, KPMG Corporate Finance, who is also speaking at the summit, said, “GCC is on the cusp of energy revolution. Renewable energy led by solar will not only change the energy mix but also provide the much needed energy diversification and security in a sustainable manner.”

The attractive financing market coupled with strong regional growth prospects offer the best opportunity for utilities, developers and investors to evolve win-win solutions. The Power Qatar Summit is a great forum that brings the industry leaders to exchange ideas and help structure project partnerships to leverage the opportunities offered.

Given that, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has planned to complete the nationwide rollout of smart meters and smart grid by 2016, the summit features multiple sessions by regional and international industry leaders on the future and challenges of deploying smart grid technology in Qatar. Mr. Wail Gadour, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle Utilities will share insight on Enabling the Smart Grid through Efficient Utilities Solutions, while Dr. Abdelkader Bousselham, Senior Scientist-Grid Integration, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, will present a session on The Path towards Smart Grid: Microgrids and Demand Response for Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation and Renewable Integration.

Furthermore, Mr. Hashim AL-Zahrani, Head of ICC, GCC Interconnection Authority, during his session will lay emphasis on the first 400-kV super grid commissioned by GCCIA, that links the power network of the six Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia on one unified grid. Titled 400-kV Interconnection Super Grid – Enabling Power Trading and Electrical Exchange across GCC Countries, his session will outline the benefits of sharing energy resources between the GCCIA member states.

Over two days, more than 300 attendees will expand their business network and engage in discussions focusing on the various aspects of energy in the State of Qatar. The summit will be held on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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Renewable Energy at the Forefront of Discussion at the Power Qatar Summit 2015

Keynote session in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote session in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, October 11, 2015: Later this month on 26–27 October, the state of Qatar known for its abundant natural energy resources will witness the region’s leading power generation, transmission and distribution event, the Power Qatar Summit. Held under the patronage of Kahramaa, the Summit brings together senior decision makers within the government, regional and global thought leaders from the public and private sectors to collaborate and discuss the future developments in the energy sector for the region.

The two-day summit will provide invaluable networking opportunities to over 350 delegates, including project advisors, developers and planners, energy suppliers, utilities and network operators, analysts and system integrators, designers, architects and engineers, consultants and sustainability experts.

The state of Qatar boasts one of the highest per capita electricity consumption in the world and the highest in the Gulf region. Given this, Mohamed Nagib Omara, Technical Advisor to the President, Kahramaa will take the audience through a 20-minute presentation on an overview of Qatar’s progress over the last decade in power generation, with a focus on the future electricity networks and generation mix.

Over the course of two days, the summit will cover topics pertinent to the state of Qatar. Replete with renewable energy resources, Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) is able to adequately address the power requirements arising in the region. Qatar’s unrivalled solar potential is a strong indicator that it is poised to become a world leader in renewable energy production as well. The extensive measures undertaken by Kahramaa to transform Qatar into a regional solar hub will be discussed at length by Saleh Hamad Al Marri, Head of Renewable Energies Technologies, Kahramaa under the topic ‘Kahramaa’s Prospective Projects for Solar Energy’.

Solar energy makes a vital contribution to reducing carbon emissions significantly. In a panel discussion, eminent speakers Dr. Haitham Abu-Rub, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Eng. Hamid Jawad, Operations Director, Rawafid Systems and Mohamed Nagib Omara, Technical Advisor to the President, Kahramaa, will further discuss the role of solar energy in a sustainable city development and the challenges faced by this industry. The panelists will collectively seek out solutions and evaluate new opportunities to address the challenges hindering the growth and adoption of solar energy in the region.

Mr. Brad Hariharan, Regional Director, Expotrade Middle East, said, “Over the last few years, there has been a significant and rapid change in the entire energy outlook of this region. In the Middle East, there is a renewed push for renewable energy; Qatar is one of the world’s foremost market for renewable energy. The country’s overall energy demand has been on an upswing and is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years.”

Renewable energy, clean energy technologies and the various energy efficiency initiatives, amongst other topics will be discussed at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October 2015 at The Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

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Abu Dhabi Municipality’s Sustainable Lighting Strategy At The Forefront Of The 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting And Energy Summit 2015

Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 3, 2015: In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi has been at the forefront in using sustainable lighting solutions. Apart from witnessing a sharp increase in power saving, it has also played an indispensable role in increasing the beauty quotient to the city. As part of the city’s lighting strategy, the Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) recently implemented its sustainable lighting project that offers multi-pronged benefits, including a drastic reduction in overall costs by 40% – 80% over 20 years, curbing carbon dioxide emission by 75% and reducing power consumption by at least 60%.

The ADM lighting strategy is spearheaded by Mr. Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, who will be in the spotlight at the 4th Annual Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015 elaborating upon Abu Dhabi Municipality’s existing and future lighting strategy.

  1. What has been the impact of the street lighting strategy undertaken by Abu Dhabi Municipality?

Dramatic in various ways! On the ground since we have implemented the strategy via statutory policy documents, all projects have been designed, approved and installed in line with the strategy’s criteria. So we have growing examples of installations being felt and experienced by the public and recorded by the municipalities and the results have exceeded expectations. Further afield we have also seen how our strategy has been adopted or adapted by many other countries in the region and this is a testament to the work undertaken by Abu Dhabi.

  1. Having attained regional and global recognition for its achievements in the field of smart and sustainable lighting, what is the future of intelligent lighting for the city of Abu Dhabi?

Well for me smart or intelligent lighting is a term best used to describe the process of correct design and specification of lighting. Get that wrong and no amount of controls or added layers can make any difference. The recognition we have received has been purely on the lighting decisions we have made for correct design, specification and application. But get this right and then added layers of benefit can indeed be achieved to meet the needs of a client. We will introduce lighting management and dimming in the future as part of the approved steps for the lighting strategy, but this will be done to meet our needs for control, asset management, maintenance and investment in coordination with our various internal departments and other stakeholders.

  1. With governments across the globe investing in smart cities infrastructure, do you think that has boosted the adoption of smart city lighting projects?

What are smart city lighting projects exactly? Find me two people in the industry that can define this phrase in the same way technically with regards to lighting and perhaps I can answer. Currently there is too much spin and confusion arising from trendy generic terms such as this and I prefer to cut through the hype and define things from a client’s perspective: What do we want, what don’t we need, is it failsafe and robust, what are the true benefits to us financially and socially, how much does it cost, when can we achieve payback? If anything doesn’t address these key issues it can’t be a very smart decision can it?

  1. Keeping Abu Dhabi Municipality as a benchmark, what measures do you think other governments need to undertake to create demand in the lighting sector?

Depends for what part of the lighting sector one wants to create demand. If governments (and/or their appointed consultants) don’t consider the qualitative, human health and long-term performance issues with lighting, than purely cost-based tendering will stimulate only those within the industry producing products to compete on output and cost alone. Of which there are plenty, and there will always be someone new with something cheaper to offer.

Many appear to have gone down this road and I am alarmed at the increasing number of press reports over awful retrofitting, with complaints regarding glare, colour and distribution issues. Governments need to balance the economic against social, environmental and performance aspects to create demand in the industry only for those companies ready and able to meet these needs with their products or consultant services. If there one key aspect of the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Lighting Strategy to benchmark it is this key message rather than focusing on the decision to implement LEDs, controls or lower lighting levels alone.

  1. What will be the focus of your session at the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit?

This year brings some significant changes and additions to Abu Dhabi’s lighting standards which are leading toward the issue of revised and expanded Lighting Specifications for the Emirate. I will present the key aspects of these changes at the event. We will be pushing true sustainability and quality even further than before and demanding improved lighting design requirements for every single aspect. More assistance and standardization for this will be provided in the standards too, where it has proven to be required. There will be some dramatic changes and new requirements being announced, I can tell you now!

The Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015, in its fourth year now, has evolved into a unique collaborative knowledge-sharing platform and has set the benchmark in the lighting industry across the Middle East. Mr. Martin Valentine, Lighting expert, Abu Dhabi Municipality, will be a keynote speaker at this year’s edition of the Middle East Smart Lighting and Energy Summit 2015 that will be held on 23-24 November 2015 at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi.

To know more, visit http://lightingsummit.com/ for event details.

Super Grid Revolutionizing GCC Energy Markets

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Keynote speech in progress at Solar Qatar Summit 2014

Doha, Qatar, June 24, 2015: For a while now, countries have been addressing the implications of global warming and have taken grave measures to transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon economy. According to a report by a leading industry body, 57% of the world’s electricity will come from renewable energy by 2050 and the energy demands will be met from eight different sources, that include, coal, oil, gas, nuclear, hydro, biomass, wind and solar.

Rapid developments have resulted in the availability of new technologies in generation, transmission and distribution of power. Additionally, the rising demand and high dependence on reliable electricity supply has resulted in the need for network configuration that supports the increase of high voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, thereby guaranteeing smart, reliable and flexible power transmission.

There has been an exponential increase in the implementation of HVDC technology worldwide. One of the first HVDC lines to be set up was in 1986 across the English Channel, the IFA 2000 undersea connection that links up the national grids of France and UK. In the Middle East, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) has commissioned the first ever 400-kV super grid that connects the power network of six Gulf countries, namely, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia. In a bid to combat the risk of blackouts on each national grid and share energy resources, GCCIA linked the electrical power network of all its member states.

With the HVDC main station located in Saudi Arabia, the interconnection grid covers 900 kms of high voltage overhead lines, a 37km submarine cable to Bahrain and seven 400kV substations making it the world’s biggest back-to-back HVDC converter station in the world with a capacity of 1800MW. Interestingly, the HVDC station also has a unique feature that enables the exchange of power to meet rising demand without excess generation.

GCCIA promotes reliable, competitive and sustainable electrical transmission services and the successful implementation of the GCC smart grid project has brought to the foray suggestions focusing on the interconnection of GCCIA to other regional and global grids. Implementing a large interconnection across different continents will play a pivotal role in enhancing the capabilities of the HVDC network and mitigating the power outage issues.

Enabling real-time decision-making, greater control and remote monitoring, the switch to smart grid technology also facilitates the growth and use of renewable power generation sources. Apart from establishing a high voltage direct current (HVDC) network that has the capability to transport and harness large amounts of electricity over long distances, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahrama) has forayed into multiple other ventures simultaneously to strengthen its transmission system, including the installation of solar (PV) systems in the distribution grid and introduction of smart meters.

The implementation of new technology in generation, transmission and distribution of power and improving interconnectivity in the region with HVDC will be highlighted at the Power Qatar Summit 2015, incorporating the highly successful Solar Qatar Summit, on 26-27 October, 2015 at Ritz Carlton, Doha, Qatar.

For more event details, please log on to http://www.powerqatar.com/

About Expotrade 

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Bringing Energy Efficiency in Sustainable High-Rise Development into Focus at Smart Skyscrapers Summit Dubai

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Presentation in progress at Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 25, 2015 – The global march towards sustainable urban development is virtually all-pervasive. With more and more governments climbing on the sustainability bandwagon, energy efficiency has become the buzzword like never before, especially when viewed against the context of urban skyscraper development. Energy efficient high-rises and green buildings have become the principal requirement of urban planners, architects, builders and government regulators the world over, more so in the Middle East countries, with their plans for large-scale sustainable development. The critical importance of energy efficiency will be highlighted during sessions at the 2015 edition of the Smart Skyscrapers Summit, to be held on May 11-12, 2015 at Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai, UAE. The summit is held under the patronage of the Dubai Municipality and is produced by global conference organizers, Expotrade.

Energy use in the Middle East is high, with the climate being a major factor. Ventilation, cooling and heating, vertical transportation and lighting are the major contributors towards energy consumption in tall buildings. No wonder it is then, that energy consumption in buildings accounts for a major percentage in global energy consumption and energy-related carbon-dioxide emissions. Compounding matters further are increasing energy costs and stringent energy emission regulations. Thus, the Middle East and Dubai in particular, with their large number of tall buildings, are prime locations for smart skyscraper solutions aimed at enhancing energy efficiency and promoting green buildings. These solutions and the technology that powers them will be discussed during the session on ‘Building Energy Efficient Skyscrapers for the Middle East Region’ at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit in May this year.

The universe of technology and solutions aimed at specifically improving energy efficiency levels is vast, and can be broken down into solutions for specific areas. For example, solutions revolving around glass facades are among the major drivers of energy efficiency in terms of high rise development. High performance glass facades, rainscreen systems and solar thermal array systems are some elements that can enhance energy efficiency of facades. Dynamic glass solutions incorporating dynamic glazing are other options being developed by solutions providers, with many more interesting technologies being researched to form the mainstay of future energy efficient solutions. Find out all there is to know about this exciting new area of development during the session on ‘Energy Efficiency with Glass Facades,’ to be presented by Gabor Andrasi, Sales and Marketing Director – Africa & Middle East, Guardian, at the Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2015.

For more details on the summit, visit www.smartskyscrapers.com

About Expotrade

Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com

Qatar to discuss key smart city initiatives at Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 14, 2015: Arab Future Cities Summit Qatar 2015, the Middle East’s premier smart city event, is back with a bigger and better fourth edition, featuring an exciting array of local and international speakers with more thought-provoking presentations, roundtable sessions, case studies and panel discussions. The summit will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha, Qatar during April 13 -14, 2015.

The summit will feature topics ranging from the need for smart cities, urban resilience strategies and government initiatives, to sustainable infrastructure, automation, resource management, energy, telecommunications and smart automation. The event will offer insights into the world of opportunities in the Middle East region with special focus on Qatar and its key initiatives such as Lusail City, projects taken up by Qatar Rail, ICT Qatar and ASHGAL. It will host over 350 senior level decision makers from across the GCC including government officials, architects, engineers, designers, urban planners, sustainability experts, technical experts and solution providers.

The summit will feature sessions by a host of distinguished local and international speakers from both the public and private sector. Speakers presenting during the summit include Eng. Ahmed Salman Al-Sulaiti, Chief Technology Officer, Qatar National Broadband Network Company ; Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor, City Council of Amsterdam, Dr. Mohammed Atif Omar, Head, iSmart; Professor Dr. Rudolf Giffinger, Head of the Centre for Regional Science, Vienna University of Technology and Professor Ali A. Alraouf, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, Head of CB, Training, Research and Development–QNMP Doha, Qatar.

The World Economic Forum has ranked Qatar as the most competitive economy in the MENA region and it holds the 13th position globally based on a high-quality institutional framework, stable macroeconomic conditions, and an efficient goods market. Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world and is the country with the lowest unemployment.

The Qatar National Vision 2030 aims at transforming the small, gas-rich state of Qatar into an advanced country by 2030 through sustainable economic development, fuelled mainly through public and private sector initiatives.

An expected spend of $150 billion over the next decade as part of the country’s National Vision 2030 will underpin growth in the market including $40 billion on railways, a $15.5 billion airport, $20 billion investment into roads, the new $7.4 billion port and $4 billion on stadiums.

If the state-of-the-art stadiums and the impressive city of Lusail are anything to go by, Qatar’s plans of hosting a green World Cup in 2022, will be riding on the shoulders of the robust infrastructure it plans to develop. With the scale of development stretching across macro and micro initiatives, the region is poised to be a hub of social and economic development.

The importance of Qatar’s vision of sustainable economic development cannot be underlined enough. With building cities for the future being at the heart of the move towards global sustainability, there is growing focus on balancing the limited availability of natural resources and growing consumption with the overwhelmingly rapid urbanization making its presence felt across the world. Add the spirit of competition between cities and the need for harmonious urbanization and sustainable development becomes all the more acute. With everyone vying for the same resources, there is renewed focus on developing smart or technology-centric cities that are, at the same time, intelligent or people centric as well.

Any plans for the development of smart cities bring to the forefront the need for a comprehensive plan for the management of a gamut of resources, spanning the range from energy, water and waste to infrastructure, policy and administration. But what is of the essence is the fact that it is people who form the crux of any sustainable development. Rather than being mere participants, people need to be empowered in order to achieve goals such as group coordination and collective decision-making which are cornerstones of any great city of the future. In fact, participation and consultation within the scope of intellectual and social capital are increasingly becoming as important to the concept of a successful city as the more obvious environmental, technical and financial capital elements.

The last ingredient in the mix is cultural capital, the element of leisure and enjoyment that can be the differentiating factor in the race to be at the top of the smart cities list. Countries such as Qatar have already taken cognizance of the worth of these factors, and are, therefore, ideal hosts for a summit such as the Arab Future Cities Summit 2015.

For more information, visit www.arabfuturecities.com

About Expotrade – Expotrade is a global conference and event organiser with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia and a regional office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronized in the calendar.

For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com