More than 300 delegates and an expert line-up of international and local speakers, are invited to attend the Solar Qatar Summit in Doha, Qatar, next week.

The event, to be held on November 17 and 18, will be opened by Essa bin Hilal Al-Kuwari, president of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation – Kahramaa.

There have been some initiatives in the GCC, spearheaded by Qatar who’s turning to renewables with, and a strong commitment by Qatar’s leaders to sustainable development.

Saleh Hamad Al-Marri, head of renewable energy technologies section, Kahramaa, will brief the audience on their plans to implement solar energy projects in Qatar.

Qatar Solar Energy (QSE) has partnered with various international companies to manufacture high efficiency and state-of-the-art solar PV technologies in Qatar.

Salim Abbassi, CEO of QSE will talk about their manufacturing facility which will produce 2 types of high efficiency crystalline modules:

1) Metal Wrap Through (MWT), which uses back contact, and

2) Hetrojunction (HIT) technology.

In addition, QSE will produce Bifacial modules which has the ability to produce additional energy from the back side of the module using reflected sun rays on the backside of the module.

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), an initiative of Qatar Foundation Research and Development is a primary incubator to promote technological advancement and to support research and development in Qatar.

QSTP focuses on four themes according to the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) announced in 2012 which includes developments in the areas of energy, environment, health sciences and ICT.

Omran Al Kuwari, CEO, GreenGulf will present its findings from the Solar Test Facility at the summit.  Green Gulf has been involved in developing the Solar Test Facility at QSTP.

Brad Hariharan, Project Director at Expotrade, the summit organiser coomenting :

“With the gradual depletion of oil and gas reserves, it has become a growing realisation that renewable energy is the only viable alternative.  The technological advancements that have been made into renewable energy has led to reduce costs and an increase in demand which is playing a vital role in ensuring Qatar’s continued commitment and investments into solar energy to help reduce carbon-footprint and extend the lifetime of natural resources.  The Solar Qatar Summit will provide an ideal platform bringing together high profile keynotes, international and regional case studies, interactive discussions as well as an exclusive exhibitor lounge contributing to the developments and initiatives taking place in the solar energy industry”.

The expert speakers include: Prof Eicke R Weber from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany; Bradley Jason Horn from Qatar Petroleum; Abdulla Hassan Al-Meshadi, CEO of Msheireb Properties; Frank Wouters, renewable energy thought leader and former deputy director-general – International Renewable Energy Agency;  Dr Haitham Abu-Rub, professor, chair of electrical and computer engineering programme, Texas A&M University at Qatar; Dr Mohamed Darwish, principal investigator – solar desalination, Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Dr Amer Aladhadh, economic development advisor, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, Qatar.

The delegates will also have the opportunity to witness the latest in solar technology being showcased by GT Advanced Technologies, Monsson Group, Skypower Global, Green Gulf, Project Navigator, Altius Fotovoltaic, Yazaki, Eurosol, Si Tec, Mimizu, Solarity and many others at the summit.