Qatar plans smart energy distribution network
Doha, April 3, 2012
Qatar will build a smart national power grid to facilitate intelligent and reliable energy distribution as part of its World Cup 2022 strategy, said a senior official.
A concrete framework for sustainability that will support the solar cooling systems planned for World Cup stadia will be developed, said Engineer Saleh Hamad Al Murri, head of the renewable energy section at Kahramaa.
He was speaking at the 3rd Annual Qatar Alternative Energy Investors Summit which opened in Doha yesterday.
The two-day initiative was organised by leading French business information company naseba, in partnership with the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), a member of the Qatar Foundation.
It gathered international clean energy industry leaders to discuss progress in the Gulf region and outline effective investment vehicles for global renewable energy projects.
Panel discussions featured Christopher Cantelmi, head of energy and project finance at Mubadala GE Capital and Waleed Ali Ahmed Salman, vice-president of business development at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Both experts discussed the outlook for solar energy in the Middle East, before examining the effectiveness and suitability of various types of solar technology including concentrated solar power, photovoltaic and solar thermal.
Hermoine Macura, TV Anchor and founder of Straight Street Media is the summit’s chairperson. “This year’s summit has gathered international leaders focused on driving progress in the clean energy sector, both global and within the Middle East. Understanding the finance behind these projects is a key factor, especially for stakeholders in the Gulf looking to finance international clean energy development, ”said Macura. - TradeArabia News Service