Newsletter: Issue November 2018

ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

fostering clean energy partnerships

News at a Glance

Our events until the end of the year.
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The Network at the GCC Power Cigre 2018, 11-13 November 2018, Kuwait

The Network has been invited to contribute in this important event which is  hosted by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Electricity and Water. Our Industrial Collaboration Coordinator, Dr Florian Klumpp, Fichtner Senior Expert will present a Tutorial on "Capacity credit" and will join the panel discussion on “Energy Storage: an Enabler for Renewables and Efficient Energy Demand Management”.  For more information please visit the event website. 

Smart Energy and Sustainable Local Energy Planning Tools and Methods Training Week, 25 – 29 November 2018, Kuwait

The EU – GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, partnering with the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT) and the Kuwait Environment Protection Society, are organising the Smart Energy and Sustainable Local Energy Planning Tools and Methods Training Week that will take place in Kuwait City from 25 to 29 November 2018. We welcome contributions from Network members in the agenda, as appropriate. Few slots are still available. You may contact the team on this. For more information visit our website. 

EU-GCC Workshop on Solar Energy Technologies, 2-3 December 2018, Kuwait

Under the patronage of the Minister of State for Housing and Chairman of the Public Authority for Housing Welfare H.E. Dr. Jenan Boushehri, the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network in partnership with the Kuwait Society of Engineers and in association with MESIA, is organising an EU-GCC Workshop on Solar Energy Technologies. The workshop entitled Renewables: A Key Driver for Clean Energy Transition will take place at the National Library of Kuwait in Kuwait City, on 2 and 3 December 2018. The two-day workshop will bring together policymakers, project developers, financial institution, technology leaders, industry advisories, financial experts, government representatives, and entrepreneurs to debate the key challenges and opportunities in solar energy segment in policies, engineering, technology advancement and business models. 

We welcome suggestions and contributions from Network members in the agenda, as appropriate. 

Few slots are still available. You may contact the team on this. For more information visit our website. 

Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit”, 11-12 December 2018, Muscat, Oman

We are pleased to be again a supporting organisation for the “Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit”, to be held on 11 - 12 December 2018, in Muscat / Oman. The event aims to bring together various stakeholders from ministries, research institutions and industry specialists to focus on sharing the current market trends, technological advancements and future challenges
Interested Network members can sign up using code “SETS-EUGCC” to avail registration fee discount.

For more information read here. 

Network Highlights (September-October 2018)

3rd EU-Arab World Summit 2018, October 29 & 30, Athens, Greece

The EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network was a Programming Partner of the  3rd EU-Arab World Summit 2018, "Shared Horizons" hosted in Athens on October 29 & 30, 2018.  The high level, organised under the auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos and the Patronage of the European Parliament the EU-Arab World Summit was supported by the Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic and the Hellenic Government and aimed to provide the necessary platform and tools for enhanced cooperation, the key to our prosperity and security.

Within the framework of this collaboration, the Network organised a top-line discussion session on Day 1 of the Summit on “Cooperation with the Arab States on Climate Change and Energy Transition”. The session was moderated by the Director of the Network, Mr Frank Wouters and engaged high-level officials and domain experts, namely:  Gerassimos Thomas, Deputy Director General for Energy, European Commission, Paul van Son, Chairman MENA & Turkey, RWE Innogy, and Andreas A. Papandreou, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Athens. Dinos Arcoumanis, Chair of Academic Board, Metropolitan College, fmr Ambassador of Greece for Energy Policy. For more information visit our website.

Executive Workshop - Energy Efficiency: A Key Driver for Clean Energy Transition, 28-29 October 2018, Muscat, Oman

GCC and EU experts met in Oman to share policies and best practices on energy efficiency

Energy efficiency policies, technologies and practices for the industrial and building sectors in the EU and in the GCC region were discussed during a two-day executive workshop held from 28-29 October in Muscat. The event organised by Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, gathered more than 180 experts representing policy makers, authorities, industry, building energy-users, engineers and technology providers as well as academicians and researchers.

During the event high level addresses were made by Raoul Restucci, Managing Director of PDO, Taina Sateri, Trade Counsellor in the European Union Delegation in the UAE, as well as from Dr. Hilal M. Almukhaini, Director, Energy Department, GCC Secretariat General and Dr Mustapha Taoumi, Energy Technology Expert, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network.    

The two-day executive workshop included high level sessions on strategies and markets for energy efficiency technologies; strategies, policies and regulations to promote energy efficiency technologies; business models and financing; energy efficiency in buildings and advanced cooling technologies; energy management within industry sector; smart cities, smart buildings and digital technologies; as well as dedicated sessions on EU-GCC cooperation opportunities and a PDO Majlis event on energy efficiency.

For more information, material and photos visit our website.

Highlights of the Network activities in WETEX / Dubai Solar Show October 23-25 2018, Dubai, UAE

The Dubai Solar Show, part of WETEX allowed the Network for three full days of successful networking, knowledge exchange, training and interesting discussions. The Network as a knowledge Partner at the Dubai Solar Show Seminar Week, supported 3 full days of seminars delivered within the framework of the Dubai Solar Show Seminar Week. The Seminar Week gathered world class international speakers, industry leaders and entrepreneurs such as ACWA, ENGIE, Abengoa, DEWA, DSCE, GE, EDF Renewables, ESTELA, Bee'ah, Six Construct/Besix, Enerwhere, EY, Strategy&, Enova, Signify, Fichtner, PwC, Masdar, Department of Energy Abu Dhabi, Taqnia KSA, CENER, Parsons, Schneider Electric, IRENA, Yellow Door Energy, Kawar Energy, Wilson & Sterling, ST Engineering, Innogy, Siemens, Air Liquide, HyET, Next Kraftwerke, Taka Solutions, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, Emirates Green Building Council, and many more.

H.E. Patrizio Fondi, EU Ambassador in the UAE opened the Sustainability Seminar Week of the Dubai Solar Show with an inspiring address.

The Network experts had a strong presence and contributed significantly in organising the Seminars week and delivering specific topics within the event.

Highlights included experts' contributions in the following sessions:
Climate Change Policy Measures to Accelerate Advancement of RE in MENA
• MENA’s Expanding Concentrated Solar Power Market and It’s Role in the Region's Clean Energy Strategy
• Storage Technology and Sector Coupling
• Capacity Credit - Contribution of Renewable Energies to Reliability in the Power System of the Future
• Digitally Empowering Cities to Survive, Adapt and Thrive
• Green Hydrogen Economy in the GCC: A Game Changer for the Region

The Network had a strong presence in the exhibition with a pavilion (Y14) hosting 5 of its members

hosted project: 

The Network members and team engaged in numerous meetings with partners, with WETEX delegates and visitors examining prospects for EU –GCC partnerships. We are delighted to have met our friends and to have made new ones and we look forward to next year WETEX/ DSS.

9th Dii Annual Conference “Desert Energy Leadership Summit”, 22 October 2018, Dubai,UAE

The Network was a Supporting Partner of the 9th Dii Annual Conference “Desert Energy Leadership Summit”  (DELS) held on 22nd October 2018 at the Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates. Focus of the DELS was on the way to go in the four key energy market components: a. green energy generation, b. transport of electricity / green molecules, c. the spectrum of stabilizing and optimizing storage means of cold/ heat/ hydro/ gravitation& electricity and d. the interaction with flexible industrial and residential demand. 

The Network had again an active presence at this year’s event. Frank Wouters, Director of EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network moderated the morning session including the Top Executives panel. Moreover, and within the context of the Interactive parallel Dii style Round Tables, the Network organised and contributed in two Round Tables. One focusing on Electrical Interconnections moderated by Nick Carter, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network – Convener and Deger Saygin, Director at SHURA Enerji Transition Center. The second roundtable dealing with Green Molecules (Renewables based hydrogen etc.) and was moderated by Prof. Ad van Wijk, Professor, TU Delft and Frank Wouters, Director, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network.  For more information please visit the event website.

Other featured events: 

The Network at the KAPSARC Meeting On 4 October 2018, Frank Wouters participated at the roundtable dialogue in Brussels called “Integrated Approaches to Decentralized Electricity Transitions” organised by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). The primary objective of this roundtable dialogue was to gain a better appreciation of the policy, legislative, regulatory and system dimensions of decentralized electricity transitions. The dialogue generated new knowledge and insights on this subject and laid the foundations for future deliberations. 

Where to meet us next

The Network is organising interesting sessions and activities in a number of events for the coming months and ofcourse we will have an active presence at the World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi, in January 14-17, 2019 partnering with the European Commission DG Energy for the EU Energy Day and other initiatives there. 

Soon more news and events to be announced in the EU and in the GCC, open to Network members and friends. Stay tuned!

Our homepage calendar is being updated and includes events and activities of the Network, of its members and of partners.

Featured Articles and Publications

"Bridging the gap between Information and Communication Technologies and citizens towards low carbon cities" 

The article "Bridging the gap between Information and Communication Technologies and citizens towards low carbon cities" written by Dr Haris Doukas and Alice Corovessi, was published at the 20th issue of the Envirocities e-magazine "Low Carbon Cities". Envirocities e-magazine is an initiative of the Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT). 

Read more here.

“Intelligent Energy Management Within the Smart Cities: An EU – GCC Cooperation Opportunity”

Dr. Haris Doukas from National Technical University of Athens in collaboration with Prof. Sgouris Sgouridis from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, developed a chapter entitled “Intelligent Energy Management Within the Smart Cities: An EU – GCC Cooperation Opportunity” which was published in Smart Cities in the Gulf - Current State, Opportunities, and Challenges.

More information available here.

Virtual Research Lab

Find your research partners - Share/submit your research ideas

The Network team has developed and launched the EU-GCC Clean Energy Virtual Research Lab. It is a virtual lab-space within the Network's website, where EU and GCC research institutes and laboratories, are able to share their ideas, resources, knowledge, information, and material. 

See the ideas already submitted in the fields of: 
Energy-based parallel currency, Advanced ICT platform φορ real-time monitoring and infrastructure efficiency, Smart energy cities, Sustainable Energy Action Plans etc.

You may send us your feedback via email to, noting as subject: Virtual Research Lab.

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