Power Qatar Summit to focus on renewables
October 11 2015 11:47 PM

Doha will play host to the Power Qatar Summit on October 26 and 27, a release yesterday said.
Held under the patronage of Kahramaa, the summit will bring 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 more than 350 delegates, including project advisers, developers and planners, energy suppliers, utilities and network operators, analysts and system integrators, designers, architects and engineers, consultants and sustainability experts.
Qatar has one of the highest per capita electricity consumption in the world and the highest in the Gulf region. Given this, Mohamed Nagib Omara, technical adviser 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 Corp (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 (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, Electrical and Computer Engineering Programme, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Hamid Jawad, operations director, Rawafid Systems and Mohamed Nagib Omara, technical adviser 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 panellists will collectively seek out solutions and evaluate new opportunities to address the challenges hindering the growth and adoption of solar energy in the region.
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 October 26 and 27 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha.

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