CSP Today and PV Insider are delighted to announce the impressive delegate list so far confirmed at MENASOL 2012 (Abu Dhabi, May 16-17)
Representatives that have recently joined include leading companies such as GE, Petrogas, Solar Frontier, First Solar, E.ON, Roth and Rau, Qatar Petroleum, Siemens, SkyFiel, Total and ACS Cobra amongst many more. They will be descending on Abu Dhabi from countries including India, China, Spain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Germany and USA to name but a few. The event is surpassing expectations and proving that the Middle East and North Africa are becoming primary markets for solar, and an area that is attracting ever more interest from around the globe - the current delegate list is available at www.csptoday.com/menasol.
CSP Today is working in collaboration with official partners, UNESCO Cairo Regional Office, to bring representatives from ministries across the Middle East to join this market-leading meeting. Officials will be presenting progress reports from countries including Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine and Qatar, and will be engaging in a question and answer session with the audience during the first day.
As well as government officials, the world’s leading solar companies are also set to present their learnings from solar plants throughout the world, including Abengoa, Torresol Energy, First Solar, Sunpower, Total, Siemens and Masdar. Plenary sessions on day one will focus on working with subsidies, financing, integration with other energy sources and the potential of exporting energy to Europe. On day two the audience will split into two technology tracks, one focusing on CSP and the other PV, ensuring delegates walk away with MENA-specific technical know-how, project development experience, on the ground data and much more.
Not only this, but in an unprecedented feature, CSP Today, PV Insider and Masdar are pleased to announce that delegates at MENASOL 2012 will have the unique opportunity to visit the CSP plant Shams 1 & Masdar City’s 10MW PV Plant.
Shams 1 is being constructed in Madinat Zayed in the western region of Abu Dhabi. At 65 per cent completion, the plant is expected to go into commissioning towards the end of the year. With an operational capacity of 100MW, it will rank amongst the largest parabolic trough power stations in the world.
In addition, MENASOL delegates will be able to visit a PV plant in Masdar City. This plant, whose 87,777 polycrystalline and thin-ﬁlm modules occupy a 22-hectare site at the outer boundary of Masdar City, is the largest grid-connected solar plant in the Middle East. Places on these visits are limited, and awarded on a first come first served basis.
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