22nd SolarPACES Conference Opens in Abu Dhabi
The 22nd Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES) Conference, co-hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the UAE Ministry of Energy, opened today in Abu Dhabi.
The delegates were welcomed by His Excellency Ahmed Mohamed AlKaabi, Assistant Undersecretary for Petroleum, Gas and Mineral Wealth, UAE Ministry of Energy. Dr. Lamya N. Fawwaz, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs, Masdar Institute, addressed the gathering. In the opening session, the keynote address was given by Fahad Al Hammadi, Director of Climate Change, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. More than 400 stakeholders from the academia, industry and government have gathered for the event that runs from 11-14 October 2016 at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
Dr. Manuel Blanco, Chairman of SolarPACES, and Dr. Luis Crespo, President of the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association (ESTELA), also welcomed the delegates. Dr Crespo later headed the plenary session on ‘Concentrated solar power (CSP) Market Trends’. Masdar Institute faculty and students are scheduled to present 17 abstracts. A total of 500 abstracts have already been submitted, while about 180 abstracts are scheduled to be presented as oral presentations and about 200 as posters.
The event highlights the UAE’s role in ensuring that the most innovative solar technologies with the desired economic and environmental impact are being developed. It further emphasizes Masdar Institute’s collaborative research activities, especially the Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy) and the Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) which continue to contribute to the development of solar technologies that respond to the region’s challenges.
11 October 2016