Online program available for Solar World Congress 2017

20. October 2017

The joint conference takes place in less than 2 weeks at the Jumeriah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi. There is still time to register. We hope you can join!


View the daily program of the conference here.

Welcome reception

A welcome reception for all registered participants will take place at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on Sunday 29 October at 17:00 - 19:00. We welcome all participants to join and enjoy a tour of Masdar City and light refreshments.

Registration is still open!

Technical tour to Shams-1 site

Located in western Abu Dhabi, Shams 1 is the largest renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East. It occupies 2.5 square kilometers and has a capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity.

The technical tour will take place on Sunday 29 October 2017. All conference participants and guests are invited and welcome to join. The technical tour is an extra cost (USD75) and may be purchased during registration. If you have already registered, please log in again and add the technical tour. 

View the schedule for this tour here.

Workshop: Connecting young professionals with the future of solar

By collaborating on a workforce preparation session during the joint conference, the Global Solar Council and Student Energy will provide a unique opportunity for connecting young people with the skills, experience, and networks they need to succeed in the solar workforce. This workshop is open for all registered participants of the SWC 2017 / SHC 2017. There is no extra charge to attend this workshop. 

View the workshop flyer here.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. He Tao, China National Solar Testing Center (China)
Solar thermal components: latest development in China

Mr. Jan Erik Nielsen, SolarKey Int. (Denmark)
Solar thermal standards and certification

Prof. Dr. Klaus Vajen, University Kassel (Germany)
SHC applications and innovations

Dr. Stephen D. White, CSIRO (Australia)
SHC and solar cooling

Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Masdar Institute (UAE)Trends in Concentrated Solar power with integrated thermal energy storage

Mr. Rabindra Kumar Satpathy, Emami Power (India)
Grid integration of PV systems and off-grid rural electrification in India

Dr. Maria Wall, University of Lund (Sweden)
Urban planning for solar energy

Dr. Andreas Sizmann, Bauhaus Luftfahrt (Germany)
Solar fuels for aviation

Prof. Eicke Weber, ISES Vice President
The future of PV, discussing markets and technology

Dr. David Renné, ISES President (USA)
Solar energy forecast

Mr. Geoff Stapleton, GSES (Australia)
Professional training experience in Pacific Islands

Mr. Mohammad A. El-Ramahi (UAE)
Energy-water nexus – Solar desalination

Plenary speakers

Welcome ceremony speakers include:

  • Dr. David Renné, International Solar Energy Society
  • Mr. Ken Guthrie, IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme
  • Dr. Steven Griffiths, Khalifa University of Science and Technology
  • H.E. Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Under Secretary of UAE Ministry of Energy, UAE
H.E. Mr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, Cabinet Member and Minister of Climate Change and Environment Mr. Adnan Amin
International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA
Plenary speakers and moderators:
  Ms. Nicole Iseppi
Terrawatt Initative
Mr. Mark Senten
Mr. Bertrand Fontaine
Ms. Bärbel Epp
Mr. Cédric Philibert
 International Energy Agency (IEA)
Mr. Adam Kohler
Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Saudi Arabia
Mr. Robin Welling
Dr. Alexander Ritschel
Masdar Institute
Dr. Rodrigo Palma
Universidad de Chile
Prof. Ali Sayigh
World Renewable Energy Network
Ms. Helvi Ileka
Namibia University of Science and Technology
Mr. Doug McClenahan
CanmetENERGY Research Centre
Ms. Jodie Roussell
Global Solar Council
Mr. Werner Weiss
Institute for Sustainable Technologies
Dr. Henning Wuester
Prof. Eicke Weber
International Solar Energy Society
Mr. Cornelius Matthes
IPP Building Energy
Mr. Rainer Hinrichs-Rahlwes 
European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF)
Dr. Harish Hande
Prof. Liu Yanfeng
Chinese Renewable Energy Society (CRES)
Mr. Hans-Josef Fell
Energy Watch Group
View speakers biographies on the SWC 2017 website.

We look forward to seeing you in Abu Dhabi! and


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