Forum Day One: Wednesday, 24 May 2017

8:00 AM - 8:40 AM Registration, welcome refreshments and networking

8:40 AM - 8:45 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

9:00 AM - 9:30 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

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Energy storage: Changing the landscape of renewable projects in the Middle East region

Nessreen Rady, Director, New and Renewable Energy Department, Egyptian Electricity Holding Co.
  • Addressing the need and scope of large-scale energy storage in renewable energy projects
  • Assessing key energy storage technologies and its relevance to the Middle East region
  • Identifying the main challenges associated with integrating energy storage in existing and upcoming facilities Dr. Nessreen Rady, Director, New and Renewable Energy


Nessreen Rady

Director, New and Renewable Energy Department
Egyptian Electricity Holding Co.
This panel brings together experts from the oil and gas, utility, and energy development industries 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

Brian Wood

Planning and Economics Director
Oman Power and Water Procurement Co.

Raed Sherif

Solar Energy Consultant
Kuwait Oil Company

Hashim Al-Zahrani

ICC Head
GCC Interconnection Authority

Bruce Smith

Acting Planning and Forecasting Director
Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Company (ADWEC)

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM Networking break and refreshments

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM CASE STUDY: Energy storage systems to compensate the demand peak and innovative solutions for Variable Renewable Energy Sources (VRES) in Egypt

Mohammed Selim, Managing Director for Performance Development, Egyptian Electricity Holding Co.
  • Analysing storage systems for electric power customers
  • Mapping the typical daily load curve in Egypt to that of other countries
  • Addressing current and future challenges to power plants due to VRES
  • Establishing innovative solutions for small and grid scale storage


Mohammed Selim

Managing Director for Performance Development
Egyptian Electricity Holding Co.

Batteries: The answer to Photovoltaic (PV) energy storage

11:45 AM - 12:15 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

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM Exploring the different battery storage technologies for the Middle East region

  • Hear about the different types of batteries available for energy storage and the benefits of usage
  • Analysing differences in batteries and their functionality for sustainability
  • Understanding maintenance and deployment procedures of batteries

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM CASE STUDY: Illustrating the need, key drivers, challenges and solutions in implementation of energy storage

Sidharth Balakrishna, Professor and Advisor, Delhi University
  • 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


Sidharth Balakrishna

Professor and Advisor
Delhi University

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Networking lunch break

Analysing different and upcoming technologies for energy storage

2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Technology presentation

This session will bring together different players in the value chain from technology developers to integrators and solution providers. This 15-minute showcase by select providers will provide insight on forthcoming technologies and their benefits.

Technology showcase 1
Presentation on battery energy storage solutions

Technology showcase 2
Presentation on molten salts for CSP plants

Technology showcase 3
Presentation on flywheel technology and its market potential

Technology showcase 4
Presentation on hydropump energy storage technology and its implications

Technology showcase 5
Presentation on compressed air energy storage technology

Technology showcase 6
Presentation on emerging energy storage technology

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM Closing remarks from the forum Chair

4:00 PM - 4:00 PM End of forum day one