Forum Day One: Wednesday, 24 May 2017

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, welcome refreshments and networking

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Opening remarks from IQPC and introduction to forum Chair

Aman Sethi, Conference Producer, IQPC Middle East

Aman Sethi

Conference Producer
IQPC Middle East


Siddiq Farid

Vice President, Investment (Energy Storage Services)
Adenium Energy Capital

MENA region renewable energy sector outlook and opportunities

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Overview of renewable energy sector in the Middle East region and need for integrating energy storage solutions

Faisal Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Supreme Council of Energy
  • Addressing the current scenario on renewable energy in the Middle East for long-term success
  • Discussing the vision, mission and national objectives of the GCC for renewable and clean energy
  • Highlighting the challenges in renewable energy and the need for energy storage for development of renewables and alternative energy sources


Faisal Rashid

Director, Demand Side Management
Supreme Council of Energy

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Sustainable energy storage for renewable power systems

Dr. Chaouki Ghenai, assistant professor, University of Sharjah
  • Addressing the need and scope of energy storage in renewable energy projects
  • Assessing key energy storage technologies, their resource intensities and operational parameters
  • Identifying the main challenges associated with integrating energy storage in existing and upcoming facilities


Dr. Chaouki Ghenai

assistant professor
University of Sharjah

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Understanding PVH Energy Storage capabilities in solar and storage

Christian Blom, Business Development Director, PV Hardware Solutions SL
· Analyzing real time data on price advantage of renewable projects over traditional plants
· Addressing the differences in models and frameworks in different markets and the Middle East
· Assessing current projects and advancements PVH is involved in.

Christian Blom

Business Development Director
PV Hardware Solutions SL

Sponsored by: PVH Energy Storage

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Networking break and refreshments

Batteries: The answer to Photovoltaic (PV) energy storage

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM The influence of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) for stable energy supply to grids

Ilias Belharouak, Research Director, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute
  • Discussing potential of batteries to stabilise grids whilst storing energy
  • Understanding various types of batteries used to store energy from PVs
  • Addressing battery life expectancy, and how it can be maintained for maximum efficiency


Ilias Belharouak

Research Director
Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM CASE STUDY: Illustrating the need, key drivers, challenges and solutions in implementation of energy storage

Louis Shaffer, Distributed Energy Segment Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region, Eaton
  • Addressing need and drivers for storage of renewable energy in batteries
  • Evaluating battery energy storage solutions and implementation challenges
  • Discussing the way forward and need for collaborations for implementation


Louis Shaffer

Distributed Energy Segment Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Region

Sponsored by: Eaton

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM A Case Study on Energy Storage Solutions: Practical experiences in the desert regions of India

Sidharth Balakrishna, Professor and Advisor, Delhi University
  • Analyzing the need for effective storage solutions and proposed battery storage solutions in solar energy
  • Addressing challenges faced in project implementation and solutions available to move forward
  • Assessing the need for collaborations between project implementation agencies and storage solution providers


Sidharth Balakrishna

Professor and Advisor
Delhi University

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Panel Discussion: Addressing opportunities and challenges for integrating energy storage solutions in existing and upcoming projects

Abderrahim Jamrani, Technical Director, MASEN Raed Sherif, Solar Energy Consultant, Kuwait Oil Company Hashim Al-Zahrani, ICC Head, GCC Interconnection Authority Sidharth Balakrishna, Professor and Advisor, Delhi University
This panel brings together experts from the oil and gas, utility, and energy development industry to address obstacles related to storage of energy in existing and upcoming projects. Panellists will address
  • Key challenges the industries face without energy storage systems and the long term benefits in implementing it now
  • Key drivers to integrate energy storage systems including cost versus long term benefits
  • Solutions and technologies available in the market today to store renewable energy

Abderrahim Jamrani

Technical Director

Raed Sherif

Solar Energy Consultant
Kuwait Oil Company

Hashim Al-Zahrani

ICC Head
GCC Interconnection Authority

Sidharth Balakrishna

Professor and Advisor
Delhi University

Analysing different and upcoming technologies for energy storage

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Networking lunch break

Siddiq Farid

Vice President, Investment (Energy Storage Services)
Adenium Energy Capital

3:00 PM - 3:00 PM End of forum day one