MEA Renewable Energy Summit:
Unlocking wind and solar power for a sustainable future

Renewable energy is emerging as a critical component in the MEA region’s sustainable energy transition. The renewable landscape in the Middle East and Africa is rapidly evolving, with investment increasing and several countries in the region becoming global front runners in renewable energy development.

Over the course of the MEA Renewable Summit, experts from UL and industry-leading renewable energy organizations in the MEA region will explore how developers can tap into the potential of renewable energy and how stakeholders can mitigate risk as they work towards their sustainable energy targets.
Event speakers

Turki Al Sheri


Turki is responsible for ENGIE’s vast business that covers renewables, conventional power, green hydrogen, gas storage, smart city applications, and downstream LNG. Currently ENGIE in Saudi Arabia has over $8 billion in investments and over 2000 employees. ENGIE is a major contributor to the Kingdom’s vision through foreign direct investments, local job creation, and knowledge transfer and has strong ambitions to double its investments and employment in the next 3 to 5 years. Turki has over 17 years of experience as a visionary leader in power systems and renewables. He has strong expertise in energy strategy and policy, integrated resource supply planning, market regulations, cogeneration, efficiency enhancements, and power system analysis. Prior to joining ENGIE, he the Head of the Renewable Energy Project Development Office leading the country’s renewable program, a role he assumed after nearly a decade at Saudi Aramco as the Head of Power Investments. He holds am electrical engineering from the University of South Florida.

Iwan Walters

Partner and Head of Clean Energy, MENA, Eversheds Sutherland

Iwan is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland's corporate team and Head of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Groups in MENA. He is based in the Dubai office. Iwan’s practice focuses on energy projects, but primarily clean energy projects such as biomass, solar, wind and tidal energy projects. He has extensive experience advising on clean energy projects globally and has advised on projects in MENA, Asia, South America and North America. Iwan has been very active advising clients on investments and developments of solar PV projects. His clients range from utilities, private equity and infrastructure funds to banks and developers. He has advised on a wide variety of transactions including corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, equity and debt fund raising, mergers and public takeovers. Prior to relocating to Dubai in April 2018, Iwan worked for Eversheds Sutherland for 12 years in the UK.

Christopher Cantelmi

Principal Investment Officer - Infrastructure & Natural Resources, IFC

Chris is a Principal Investment Officer for the IFC Infrastructure & Natural Resources department based in Dubai, where he is responsible for origination and execution of IFC's debt and equity investments in the power, water, energy and other essential infrastructure sectors throughout the MENA region. Amongst his other activities over the past six years, he successfully led IFC’s efforts to support the renewable energy programmes in Jordan and Egypt, while creating and structuring complementary low transaction cost, standardised limited recourse project financing programmes to support the many renewable developers participating. The IFC programmes have to date successfully financed 12x renewable projects in Jordan (c.650MW) and 14x in Egypt (c.1100MW), while the programmatic concept is being rolled out regionally. Chris has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in International Economics and Middle Eastern Studies from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at John Hopkins University. He also has a BS with high honours in Civil Engineering from UCLA.

Ivano Iannelli

CEO, Dubai Carbon

Ivano is widely acknowledged as the GCC foremost experts in the fields of Sustainability and Carbon Emission Management. He is currently the CEO of Dubai Carbon, a former United Nations senior official and a subject matter expert in environmental economics and low carbon strategies. Ivano has extensive experience in facilitating economically relevant low carbon pathways. For the past two decades, he has aggregated and managed GHG National inventories across the GCC, NDCs and State Action Plans, with a focus on Private Sector synergies. He is part of the UAE Negotiation team on carbon markets at the UNFCCC COP as well as part of the ICAO working group on new market-based measure for aviation, currently in support of the UAE’s input into CORSIA. Ivano is also working with the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Partnership for Market Readiness, and Carbon Initiative for Development to ensure a GCC localization is part of the vision going forward.

Hamid Syed

Vice President and General Manager, MEA, UL

Hamid graduated with a BE in Electrical Engineering in 1985 from The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and started his career with UL, Melville, NY, USA. During his assignment in the UK, he earned his MBA from the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. Since graduation, Hamid has held serval engineering positions at UL’s NY office until 1993 when he was relocated to The Netherlands to manage an MoU with KEMA and to expand UL’s footprints in Europe working with European customers and partners and has held several positions as the GM and Managing Director based in in the UK, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands until 2013. In January 2014, Hamid moved to Dubai, UAE as the VP and GM for UL MENA region. In this role, Hamid and his team are responsible for growing UL’s safety mission, working with key authorities in serval ME countries, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman and Jordan such the Civil Defense, SASO, JSMO, DEWA, ADWEA, SEC, MoH, SFDA, DCRP to ensure safe living and working environment for the residents of the countries.

Jose Javier Ripa

Head of Business Development for UL Renewables, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, UL

Jose Javier is an industrial engineer specialized in mechanics with over twelve years of experience in the wind and solar industry. He leads engineering teams across testing, consulting, certification and inspection fields. For ten years, Jose Javier has combined his work with UL with his work as a professor of wind energy at the Public University of Navarra, training hundreds of engineers in the specialty of wind energy. He is recognized as an expert in the sector and is a reference for numerous articles published in specialized magazines. He is also a member of various committees and has been featured as a speaker at international events, webinars and key conferences such as WindEurope, AWEA, DEWEK, AEE, Mexico Windpower, Colombia Windpower and EOLIS.

Perihan Gurbas

Renewables Lead, Middle East and North Africa, UL

With over ten years' experience in various aspects of renewable energy including consulting, project development, business development and project execution, Perihan leads the renewable energy business across wind, solar and storage in the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked with several developers, lenders and multilateral institutions in a wide range of international markets. Before joining UL, Perihan held positions with developers including EDF Energy, where she developed over 3GW of large-scale projects across Turkey. In 2016, she moved to the UAE as a key account manager for large and strategic clients. Perihan has been involved in delivering over 2GW of renewable energy projects in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, both as a technical expert and project manager. Perihan is a meteorological engineer and holds a Master's Degree from Istanbul Technical University.

Daniel Barandella

Solar Advisory Lead, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, UL

Daniel has over 15 years' experience in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry as a renewable energy consultant and project manager. He has experience in PV module audit inspections, the provision of training solutions for different stakeholders in the solar industry, and owner's engineer and lender's tasks, including technical due diligence review and independent engineering services, for solar PV projects worldwide. Daniel has been acting as a project manager in key merger and acquisitions transactions for UL key clients, overseeing global portfolios of operating and development solar PV assets. He has worked on solar PV projects in primary global markets, including Europe, the United States, Latin America, South Africa and Australia. Before joining UL, Daniel focused on the development of DNV GL commercial activities in Latin America. He holds an MSc in Renewable Energy, Electricity Generation from the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain and an MSc in Solar Energy Engineering from Högskolan Dalarna in Sweden.

Peter Johnson

Senior Project Engineer for Renewables, UL

Peter leads UL’s solar resource and energy assessment team in North America and oversees a team of engineers and meteorologists that perform high-quality analyses to support the development and financing of PV projects. His solar resource experience includes meteorological design and management of on-site data collection weather stations. He has led the advancement of analytical methods that consider measurements along with satellite modeled datasets to improve long-term irradiance accuracy for energy modeling. Peter has contributed to the development of innovative approaches for PV energy modeling, especially for pre-construction Independent Engineering projects. He has advised on how PV technology selections and design details can be optimized to maximize efficiency, generation, temporal coincidence, and risk mitigation. This work has also included the area of hybrid wind-solar projects. Peter holds an M.A. degree in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Cristian Algar

Director, Advisory Services, EMEA and LATAM, UL

Cristian has more than eleven years' experience within the renewable energy sector, including wind, solar, biomass, and cogeneration projects. As a Director of the Advisory Services within the EMEA and LATAM regions, he is currently managing a team of 70+ covering expertise on Energy, Due Diligence and Asset Advisory Services in the wind and solar PV sector. Prior to that, he led the Due Diligence Team in the same region, managing independent engineering projects for both wind and solar in support of project finance for new project development and acquisition. Prior to joining UL, Cristian was a developer for Abantia, a Spanish EPC company that has developed solar projects in Spain, Italy, Central and South America with full responsibilities in project development and technical services. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in Industrial/Mechanical Engineering from the Superior Technical Engineering School of Barcelona and also a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology of Chicago.

Mohammed Alghamdi

Renewable Lab Supervisor, Gulf Renewables Lab

Mohammed is a testing specialist for PV, solar energy and electrical devices. He started his career as a project engineer at Gulf Renewable Laboratory (GRL). Since then, he has completed a comprehensive training program at UL in China for testing PV modules in accordance to PV standards IEC 61215:2016 and IEC 61730:2016. Mohammed has played an instrumental role in several GRL projects in the construction stage. He also leads the technical team in both the GAC and SAC accreditation process. He has worked on projects with key clients, including KACARE, SoftBank and Jinko Solar. Mohammed holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Multimedia University in Malaysia. He also holds Certified ReGrid Manager, Wind Energy and Photovoltaic System Installer certifications.

Colleen O'Brien

Principal Engineer, UL

Colleen has worked in the photovoltaics industry since 1996 in roles that span product development, reliability testing, certification, manufacturing, and quality control of cells, modules and mounting systems, as well as commercial and utility-scale system design, inspection, commissioning and operations. She has in-depth experience directing the wind tunnel testing and reliability testing of fixed-tilt and tracking mounting systems, and conducting risk assessments as an independent engineer. She currently serves as UL’s technical lead in the development, maintenance and application of industry standards relating to PV modules and mounting systems. She has a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of California.

Santiago Lopez

Global Director of Asset Management Services, UL

Santiago has more than 18 years' experience in the renewable energy sector. He began his career working for OEMs and developers. Prior to joining UL, he worked for international companies in product design and development (Lafarge and ThyssenKrupp), where he started with concepts and developed them until releasing the final product to the market. Santiago then turned his career toward management roles due to his experience leading domestic and international projects. He directed the internationalization development and implementation of several companies into new countries and markets, especially in Latin America. He has extensive experience managing multidisciplinary teams, and he has led the development of new areas/services within UL for the last two years, especially in the area of wind turbines structural integrity. Santiago holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical/Structural Engineering from the University of Oviedo, a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wales, a Master of Science in Product Innovation and Development from the University of Brighton, and an Executive MBA from ESIC Business and Marketing School.

Dr. Christopher Ziesler

Director, Advisory Services, North America, UL

Christopher has over 20 years' experience in the renewable power sector. As Director Advisory Services North America, he provides strategic direction to UL’s wind and solar energy consultancy. He focuses particularly on energy assessments, project development and performance services. Before joining UL, Christopher held senior-level positions for wind and renewable energy developers and operators: Powergen Renewables, Shell WindEnergy, and Wind Capital Group. His extensive experience includes management of technical due diligence programs for several wind projects valued over several hundred million dollars, management of commercial operations for hundreds of megawatts of wind assets, management of wind resource and energy assessment programs, the creation of due diligence reports used for financing by large developers, and offshore wind energy analysis. He is frequently called upon to speak as an industry expert and holds a Bachelor’s in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Aston University.

Dr. Peter Lilienthal

Global Microgrid Lead, UL

Dr. Peter Lilienthal is the global microgrid lead for UL. Since 1993, he has been the developer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) HOMER® hybrid power optimization software, which has been used by over 250,000 energy practitioners in 193 countries. NREL has licensed HOMER Energy to be the sole worldwide commercialization licensee to distribute and enhance the HOMER model. Dr. Lilienthal was the Senior Economist with International Programs at NREL from 1990 – 2007. He was one of the creators of NREL’s Village Power Program. He has a Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. He has been active in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1978. This has included designing and teaching courses at the university level, project development of independent power projects, and consulting to industry and regulators. His expertise is in the economic and financial analysis of renewable and micro-grid projects.

Chinedu Igbokwe

CEO, Stellaris Power Solutions

Chinedu is an experienced executive with over 15 years' experience in the renewable energy space. He has developed engineering, operations, legal and commercial skills, gained with global companies such as NEC Energy Solutions, Yaskawa Electric, and UL Inc. Most recently, Chinedu founded Stellaris Power Solutions, which has successfully provided engineering services for the AMEA 50MW solar project in Togo. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Master's degree in management from Northwestern University.

Adrian Wain

Environmental Sustainability Manager, UL

Adrian leads UL’s Carbon Management practice. In this role, he applies a decade of experience working with many of the world’s largest companies to measure and manage their carbon footprint. He blends technical depth developed between 2015 and 2019 with UL and strategic vision gained between 2011 and 2014 with Accenture. Combined, these enable him to take a precision approach to decarbonization. His main focus, and personal mission, is helping global brands understand emissions hotspots in their supply chain so that they can target their carbon reduction activities for maximum impact.

Joseph Padbury

Business Development Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa Renewables, UL

Joseph has over ten years’ experience working in the renewable energy field on projects in the United Kingdom, Armenia, Romania, Sweden, Latvia, and many countries within Sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Namibia and South Africa. Joseph was fortunate to work closely with many international IPP’s providing development support services, feasibility studies, and oversight project management on a portfolio of wind projects in excess of 2,000MW across parts of Africa and Europe. Key to the role was identifying project risk and risk mitigation solutions. Joseph has been providing technical advisory services to local and international developers and investors entering the nascent renewable energy market in Southern Africa, which involved project managing site feasibility studies, energy resource campaigns, electrical and civils investigations and technical design of over 10,000 MW of renewable energy projects. Joseph has a deep understanding of the renewables market in Africa, as well a good technical project experience in both wind and solar pv technologies throughout the lifecycle of a project.

Aaron Leopold

CEO, Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA)

Aaron is the CEO of the Africa Minigrid Developers Association (AMDA), which is dedicated to radically scaling the sector to end energy poverty. AMDA provides expertise and evidence to policy-makers and investors, and publishes the most comprehensive dataset on minigrid costs, performance and trends and analysis in the world. Aaron was previously Practical Action’s Global Energy Representative, where he championed energy access globally. Aaron also served as a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Green Climate Fund and was a co-founder of the Power for All partnership. In April of 2021, he will be joining EnerGrow, Africa’s premier company dedicated to growing energy demand, as CEO.

Fadhila El Discha

Consultant, Renewable Energy Solutions, South Pole

Fadhila is an experienced renewable energy market consultant for APAC and Oceania regions. She has supported multinational companies in running PPA tenders as well as provided advice on corporate renewable energy sourcing in the region. She has produced green energy procurement strategies, roadmaps and cost modelling for various RE100 and Science Based Target corporates. She is also experienced in renewable energy policy and renewable energy project financing. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and holds a master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology from Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands.

Tatia Lemondzhava

Energy Specialist, World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program

Tatia is an Energy Specialist with the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), where she co-leads the ESMAP Global Facility on Mini Grids (GFMG). As part of this work, Tatia manages a range of Technical Assistance activities and grant allocations in support of the preparation and implementation of World Bank lending projects with mini grid components. In addition, she is part of several teams directly implementing large-scale lending projects focused on delivering electricity access through mini grids and off-grid methods. These include the US$350 Million Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP), and the pipeline US$500 Million Access to Distributed Electricity and Lighting in Ethiopia (ADELE) project. Prior to joining ESMAP, Tatia spent 6 years in the World Bank’s Africa Energy Unit, where she contributed to the rollout of large-scale energy projects in the sub-Saharan region, including several regional integration projects as part of the West African Power Pool (WAPP), such as the Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) Interconnector and the NorthCore Interconnector.

Rik Wuts

Off-Grid Utility Solutions, Powerhive

Rik has been active as a senior executive and entrepreneur in emerging markets for over 14 years. He has extensive experience developing and financing innovative products and projects. As one of the founders of Powerhive, he has been instrumental in creating the mini-grid sector and driving development of a sustainable, high-growth long term asset class that will enable economic development of rural communities across emerging markets. Powerhive designs, builds and operates resilient energy infrastructure for off-grid communities in emerging markets. The company focuses on low-cost distributed solar microgrids to enable governments to reach both their rural electrification and carbon reduction goals and operates one of the largest mini-grid projects in Africa. In addition, Powerhive develops off-grid power solutions for the telecom, C&I and utility sectors, providing top quality LFP battery systems for off-grid renewable energy with up to 100% penetration.

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Energy Strategist, Clean Energy Business Council

Prior to the CEBC, Dr. Raed was the Vice President for Business Development for the ME region at First Solar, where he was responsible for establishing and overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the region, market setup, origination and strategy development for partnerships and project execution. Upon moving back to the ME in 2009, Raed joined the core team that built the Economic Development Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he was responsible for creating the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program. During his four year stint at KAUST, he also created a demonstration and testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies, advised several Saudi governmental and industrial entities and mentored startup companies. Prior to that, he was part of successful Startups in O&G industry in California, and previously spent nine years in various roles at Siemens AG in Germany and the US. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan, all in Electrical Engineering.

Marcelle Combrink

Solar Division Manager, Jubaili Bros Solar

Marcelle is the Division Manager for Jubaili Bros Solar, and is focused on group-based requirements and global expansion in the renewable sector. He is also the Head of Solar for the UAE office, responsible for managing the regional team, predominantly focused on solar equipment distribution and diesel-hybrid solutions. Marcelle has more than 15 years of international experience in agricultural, commercial, industrial and utility-scale distribution of solar products. He was a member of the senior team that introduced and presented solar as a new avenue for Jubaili Bros Group in 2017.

Daniel Calderon

Co-founder and CEO, Alcazar Energy

Daniel is the co-founder and CEO of Alcazar Energy, which is the current owner and operator of the largest private renewable energy portfolio in the Middle East, with offices in the UAE, Egypt and Jordan. Daniel has developed several GW of renewable energy projects, including the first and second utility-scale wind farms in the Middle East, two of the first solar PV plants in the UAE and well as in Jordan, the first solar CSP plant in the Middle East, the world's first CSP tower project with salt storage and the world's largest offshore wind farm as of 2014. Prior to founding Alcazar Energy, Daniel worked at Masdar as the Head of Origination & Investment Management, developing and operating projects in the renewable energy sector. He also worked at General Electric for ten years in various M&A and principal investment roles in Asia, Europe, North and South America. Daniel holds degrees in Industrial Engineering & Finance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MBA from London Business School.

Vishal Rander

Director of Project and Infrastructure Finance, Deloitte

Vishal is a Director who leads the Project & Infrastructure Finance service for Deloitte in the Middle East. He has been based in the GCC since 2011 and has over 16 years of professional experience focusing on PPP and project finance advisory for both government and private sector developers. Vishal works with clients to develop sustainable project structures which are capable of being financed and supports throughout the entire bid and procurement life cycle, providing valuable insights from procurer and bidder perspectives. Vishal has executed transactions in UK, Europe and the Middle East across sectors such as power, water, waste, telecoms, education and health. He is a recognised project finance modeler and one of the first professionals certified in the FAST global modelling standard. He holds a first class degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Operational Research.

Pierre-Antoine Berthold

CEO Africa, Akuo Energy

Pierre-Antoine holds an Executive MBA from TRIUM jointly issued by NYU Stern, London School of Economics and HEC Paris. Before joining Akuo, he had an entrepreneurial background in Europe and Africa and for more than 15 years notably headed as CEO for the conglomerate KDG, a European industrial group employing 600 people, diversified in the sectors of precision injection molding, metal processing and manufacturing of photovoltaic panels. In 2016, he participated in the creation of Akuo Afrique, the subsidiary of the French energy company dedicated to the deployment of its IPP activities on the African continent, which he has since managed.

Program agenda: March 9, 2021 12.00 p.m. (GST) Message from Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager of MEA at UL, and Perihan Gurbas, renewables lead at UL

12.15 p.m. (GST) Panel discussion: The Middle East and Africa’s Utility-Scale Project Tenders

In this panel discussion, renewable energy experts will explore the tendering process of utility-scale wind and solar projects in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). They will also look at the evolution of the sector and how market changes will shape future pricing trends.
  • Learn what the primary considerations and challenges are in the bidding process and when finalizing bid numbers
  • Gain an understanding of how cooperation with external advisers is critical to the development and success of tender documentation
  • Learn how stakeholders can identify and mitigate risks when calculating costs and timelines

Moderator: Hamid Syed, vice president and general manager of MEA at UL
Chakradhar Byreddy, director of renewables for Asia Pacific, UL
Turki Al Sheri, CEO of KSA at Engie
Daniel Calderon, co-founder and CEO at Alcazar Energy
Pierre-Antoine Berthold, CEO Africa at Akuo Energy

1.15 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Join the discussion: MEA’s Project Tenders

1.45 p.m. (GST) Panel discussion: Wind and Solar Project Due Diligence Process: An In-Depth Look at Risks That Can Make or Break a Project’s Financing

The difference between a renewable energy project that is completed successfully and one that stalls is often whether the stakeholders believe the project is feasible and financeable. In this panel discussion, experts in the fields of renewable energy, due diligence and project financing will provide insights into the role of the due diligence process when investigating the viability of projects.
  • Discover the importance of the due diligence process and how it is vital to securing project financing
  • Gain an understanding of what the main considerations for investing in renewable energy projects are
  • Gain insights into the technical, legal and financial challenges for MEA projects

Moderator: Cristian Algar, director for advisory services for EMEA and LATAM at UL
Perihan Gurbas, renewables lead at UL
Christopher Cantelmi, principal investment officer - Infrastructure & Natural Resources, IFC
Iwan Walters, partner and head of clean energy MENA at Eversheds Sutherland
Vishal Rander, director of project and infrastructure finance, Deloitte

2.45 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: The Due Diligence Process

3.15 p.m. (GST) Presentation: Development of MEA Solar PV Projects

In this session, a UL solar advisory expert will introduce new technology concepts that impact the development of MEA solar PV projects and will provide insights into how selecting the correct equipment specification can help site projects to enhance profitability.
  • Discover the importance of having a solar measurement campaign
  • Gain insights into technology trends, such as bifacial technology, and their impact on cost and energy yields
  • Identify risks in the development of utility-scale solar PV project in the MEA region and learn how to mitigate them

Daniel Barandalla, solar advisory lead for EMENALA at UL

4.00 p.m. Live Q&A – Ask the expert: Solar Energy

4.30 p.m. (GST) Panel discussion: Sustainability and Renewable Energy

In this panel discussions, experts in renewable energy and sustainability will explore the different approaches companies are taking to execute their net-zero emissions strategies. We will take a broad view of how best practices in the use of renewable energy internationally and will then focus on how this can be translated into more regional and local operations.
  • Learn more about corporate and supply chain power purchase agreements (PPAs)
  • Learn about the potential barriers and enablers to scalability and success
  • Discover the role of renewables in Power-to-X and how the ecosystem will continue to evolve

Moderator: Adrian Wain, environmental sustainability manager at UL
Ivano Iannelli, CEO at Dubai Carbon
Dr. Raed Bkayrat, senior energy strategist at Clean Energy Business Council
Fadhila El Discha, renewable energy solutions consultant at South Pole
Marcelle Combrink, solar division manager at Jubaili Bros Solar

5.30 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Join the discussion: Sustainability and Renewable Energy
Program agenda: March 10, 2021 12.00 p.m. (GST) Message from Joseph Padbury, business development manager for Sub-Saharan Africa Renewables at UL

12.15 p.m. (GST) Presentation: Transforming Data into Actionable Intelligence in Your Operational Wind and Solar Projects

A UL engineering expert in the field of renewable energy will explore some of the challenges that renewable generation plants face, such as assets producing less power than expected, and the possible reasons for underperformance. We will discuss the customized solutions UL can provide to owners, operations and maintenance directors, asset managers and technicians to help them manage their assets through monitoring, control, advanced analytics and insights to help ensure the highest plant performance levels.
  • Gain insights into the key performance indicators (KPIs) in the operation of wind and solar plants
  • Learn how to feed pre-constructive models with operational data
  • Learn how UL’s RAMP (Renewables Asset Monitoring Platform) software can help you manage your renewables assets and bring the power of real-time monitoring, production KPIs, analytics, power forecasting and reporting to renewable project owners in the MEA region

Santiago Lopez, Global director of asset management services at UL

1.00 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: Asset Management

1.30 p.m. (GST) Presentation: Wind and Solar Hybrid Systems Feasibility Studies

UL renewable energy experts will outline UL’s experience-based approach to integrating utility-scale wind and solar projects with a shared project area in this session. We will explore the numerous advantages of siting wind and solar technology on the same land parcel and how these factors create an incentive for developing hybrid projects.
  • Learn how to strategically site wind and solar technologies to maximize generation from both projects
  • Learn how to mitigate the negative impacts of hybrid systems and maximize combined production
  • Gain insights into best practices for system design and energy modeling optimization

Christopher Ziesler, director of renewables advisory services at UL
Peter Johnson, senior project engineer for renewables at UL

2.15 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: Hybrid Systems Feasibility Studies

2.45 p.m. (GST) Panel discussion: The Role of Hybrid Systems

In this panel discussion led by HOMER Energy by UL, experts in the fields of renewable energy and minigrids will provide insights on what hybrid systems are, why we need them, their uses and applications, including stand-alone minigrids in those situations where gird extensions would not be cost-effective.

  • Explore the regional challenges associated with creating and supporting remote minigrids and hybrid systems
  • Gain insights on best practice design choices, cost-effective operations and maintenance and managing remote access issues
  • Gain an understanding of the increasing complexity of hybrid systems and the requirement for new forms of project development, economic analysis and operational management

Moderator: Dr. Peter Lilienthal, Global microgrid lead at UL
Aaron Leopold, CEO at Africa Minigrid Developers Association
Chinedu Igbokwe, CEO at Stellaris Power Solutions
Tatia Lemondzhava, energy specialist at World Bank
Rik Wuts, off-grid utility solutions at Powerhive

3.45 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: Hybrid Systems

4.15 p.m. (GST) Presentation: Energy Storage – The Next Revolution for Renewable Energy

Energy storage technologies are emerging as one of the key solutions for the effective integration of solar and wind renewable energy into global power systems. In this session, a UL renewable energy expert will unlock the complexities of energy storage products and help you understand how energy storage systems will perform during anticipated usage.
  • Learn how energy storage technologies can be used for a variety of applications in the power sector, from front-the-meter (FTM) and behind-the-meter (BTM) applications to utility-scale projects
  • Gain insights into market projections for battery energy storage systems (BESS) and the impact of BESS on performance, degradation and safety
  • Gain a greater understanding of comprehensive modeling for hybrid plants

Jose Javier Ripa, head of business development for EU, MENA and LATAM renewables at UL

5.00 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: Energy Storage

5.30 p.m. (GST) Presentation: PV Module Specifications Upgrade for Extreme Environmental Conditions

Renewable energy experts will explore the impact of the region’s high temperatures and extreme environmental conditions on the rapidly expanding photovoltaic (PV) market. Gulf Renewable Labs (GRL) in partnership with UL will share an in-depth analysis of PV module specifications and their compatibility with the desert environment.
  • Learn how to select proper module technology, specifications and standards for high temperatures and desert conditions
  • Gain insights into study phases
  • Access recorded study data and its significance for the specification of PV modules

Colleen O’Brien, principal engineer at UL
Mohammed Alghamdi, renewable lab supervisor at GRL

6.15 p.m. (GST) Live Q&A – Ask the expert: PV Module Specifications Upgrade
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