Like in many markets worldwide solar energy is also gaining grounds in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region countries: solar thermal energy and solar power are replacing more and more the conventional energy sources (oil, natural gas). Many countries from this region as Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia are working at present on subsidy programs for the solar industry while other countries, for example Morocco, have already issued a few subsidy programs.
At the same time promising and trendsetting projects are developing as the parabolic trough solar power plant “Shams Solar Power Station” in Abu Dhabi. Soon enough electricity with a capacity of 100 Megawatt will be produced here using solar thermal energy. The “Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solarpark” project, still in planning stage in Dubai, shall prospectively include solar thermal energy and photovoltaics, thus even achieving a capacity of 1.000 Megawatt. In view of the high oil prices, further development seems mapped out: “Oil prices reaching over $80 a barrel are already considered competitive”, said Vahid Fotuhi, Co-Founder and President of Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA), though the world market prices have long been far above $100 a barrel and continue to rise. These are the best conditions for the growth of the solar industry, especially since the sunlight received by the MENA countries is ideal. It is imperative to use up to 360 days of sun a year! For more information visit Global PV Markets: MENA Region
You can learn all you need to know about the hottest solar technology, its applications and international growth markets at Intersolar Europe, the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry, from June 13-15, 2012. The PV ENERGY WORLD Special Exhibit provides comprehensive information on future power grids and the most recent storage technologies. In addition, the special exhibit PV and E-Mobility showcases systems technology for the mobility of tomorrow: from electric vehicles to PV carports and mobile electricity storage systems, no question is left unanswered – and these are just two of many topics that look toward the future of photovoltaics, PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies. All this is presented to you by 2,200 exhibitors in an exhibition space spanning 170,000 square meters.
The Intersolar Europe Conference takes place in parallel to Intersolar Europe from June 11-14, 2012, taking up the thread of the exhibition topics and consolidating them. A total of 400 speakers and about 2,500 attendees are expected to take part in the conference and its Side Events. One of the topics is also developing the solar industry in the Middle East and North Africa: an entire lecture session about the markets, technologies and projects in the region will be held on June 13, 2012.
You’ll also learn about the issues of solar air conditioning, PV power plants, storage technology, grid integration, PV production technologies, and much more at the conference. The events offer essential, up-to-date information on the latest technologies and the future of international markets, and provide the opportunity to meet the players from industry, research and politics that are driving the development of the global solar industry. Come and be a part of it! We would be delighted to see you there!