EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network: February 2021

ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

fostering clean energy partnerships

February 2021

The newsletter at a glance

  • Online Event: Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector
  • Webinar: Integration of Renewable Energies in the Building Sector. Challenges & Opportunities
  • Online Event: Recycling Solar PV Panels: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Webinar: Integration of Renewable Energies in the Industry Sector. Challenges & Opportunities
  • Online Workshop: Energy Poverty - A Multidimensional Global Phenomenon
  • Online Event: Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources
  • Virtual Workshop: Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings. Policies, regulations, finance mechanisms, and business models
  • Virtual Workshop: Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings. Design, concepts, and technologies
  • EU Corner: Highlights from the EU
  • EU GCC News: The Network at the 5th IEF EU Energy & Climate Day 
  • Publications & Reports
  • Highlights January 2020

Online Event
Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector
Tuesday 16 February 2021
13.00 CET / 16.00 GST

The BD4NRG – Big Data for Next-Generation Energy (H2020 funded project) and the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, with the support of WEC Greece and Build Back Better GR are organising the online event Digital transformation in the Energy Sector. The online event will take place on Tuesday 16 February 2021 at 13.00 CET/16.00 GST with a duration of 90 min. 

The rising decentralisation of the energy system is unveiling an enormous opportunity for energy stakeholders to leverage big data & Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to improve decision making. There are however some barriers hampering the exploitation of this potential. The online event aims to provide recent advancement and successful EU and GCC case studies of such digital transformations, in the context of energy grids, communities, and islands.

Register here for the Online Event

Webinar
Integration of Renewable Energies in the Building Sector.
Challenges & Opportunities
Wednesday 17 February 2021
11.00 CET / 14.00 GST

The EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), with the support of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), are organising two virtual workshops on the integration of renewable energy in the buildings and industry sectors. The aim of the webinars is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the integration of renewables energies in the main sectors of the region’s economies in the context of inclusive and sustainable energy transitions. In addition, it will discuss the challenges facing the region and what can be done to transform these challenges into different business and economic opportunities including the creation of SMEs.

The first webinar, dedicated to the building sector, will be held virtually on 17 February 2021 at 11.00 CET/14.00 GST and consists of two sessions. The first one is dedicated to strategies and policies while the second session will present various initiatives and case studies.

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Online Event
Recycling Solar PV Panels: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday 2 March 2021
12.00 CET / 15.00 GST

Τhe EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Gulf Cooperation Council Secretariat General (GCC SG) in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are organising an online entitled “Recycling solar PV panels; Challenges and Οpportunities” which will take place on Tuesday 2 March 2021 at 12:00 CET/15.00 GST.

The online workshop aims to achieve the following main objectives:

  • Build a common understanding of the recycling solutions for PV panels, opportunities for resource and economic efficiency as well as increasing the security of future raw material supply.
  • Exchange information on the initiatives that have been developed in the GCC and EU and inform about lessons learned and business models.
  • Discuss opportunities for strengthening EU-GCC collaboration between national and regional initiatives in supporting the concrete implementation of recycling solutions including capacity building, R&D, and Innovation as well as awareness-raising.
Register here for the Online Event

Webinar
Integration of Renewable Energies in the Industry Sector.
Challenges & Opportunities
Wednesday 3 March 2021
11.00 CET / 14.00 GST

Τhe EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), with the support of MESIA, are organising two virtual workshops on the integration of renewable energy in the industry and building sectors. The aim of the webinars is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the integration of renewables energies in the main sectors of the region’s economies in the context of an inclusive and sustainable energy transitions. In addition, it will discuss the challenges facing the region and what can be done to transform these challenges into different business and economic opportunities including the creation of SMEs.

The second webinar dedicated to the industry sector will be held virtually on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 11.00 CET/14.00 GST.

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Online Workshop
Energy Poverty - A Multidimensional Global Phenomenon
Tuesday 9 March 2021
14.00 CET / 17.00 GST

Τhe online workshop Energy Poverty – A multidimensional global phenomenon, organised by the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, the University of Bahrain, and INZEB, and with the support of the POWERPOOR project, aims to raise awareness in regards to energy poverty, to analyse the terms energy poverty and energy vulnerability, to discuss the different factors that result to the increase of energy poverty levels in different regions and present EU initiatives aiming to support households and the society in mitigation the social problem.

The online workshop will take place on Tuesday 9 March 2021 at 14.00 CET/17.00 GST. 

Register here for the Online Workshop

Online Event
Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources
Monday 22 March 2021
12.00 CET / 15.00 GST

The EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, in conjunction with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) are organising the online event "Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” taking place on Monday, 22 March 2021 at 12.00 CET/14.00 SAST/15.00 GST. The online event will discuss the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing. 

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Virtual Workshop
Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings. Policies, regulations, finance mechanisms, and business models
Thursday 1 April 2021
12.00 CET / 14.00 GST

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are organising a series of two virtual workshops on the net-zero energy buildings concepts. The aim of these workshops is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. It will also discuss the challenges that the use of energy in the building sector in the EU and the GCC regions are facing and what can be done to transform them into business and economic opportunities. These online events will bring together policymakers, technology leaders, regulators, government representatives, and experts to debate the key challenges and opportunities by examining; policies and regulations, technology advancement, and current business models that could enable the ZNE buildings concept to emerge.

The first virtual workshop, scheduled for Thursday 1 April 2021 at 12.00 CET/14.00 GST focuses on the policies, regulations, finance mechanisms, and business models. 

Register here for the Online Event

Virtual Workshop
Towards a Net Zero Energy in Buildings. Design, concepts, and technologies
Thursday 8 April 2021
12.00 CET / 14.00 GST

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are organising a series of two virtual workshops on the net-zero energy buildings concepts. The aim of these workshops is to exchange relevant best practices, information and lessons learned and advance regional initiatives on the ZNE buildings principles in the context of energy transitions and climate change mitigation. It will also discuss the challenges that the use of energy in the building sector in the EU and the GCC regions are facing and what can be done to transform them into business and economic opportunities. These online events will bring together policymakers, technology leaders, regulators, government representatives, and experts to debate the key challenges and opportunities by examining; policies and regulations, technology advancement, and current business models that could enable the ZNE buildings concept to emerge.

The second virtual workshop, scheduled for Thursday 8 April 2021 at 12.00 CET/14.00 GST focuses on the design, concepts, and technologies.. 

Register here for the Online Event

EU Corner: Highlights from the EU

Publication
Implementation of the network code on requirements for grid connection of generators

In May 2018, two years after the European Network Code Requirements for Generators (RfG NC) had been published, European Member States (MS) have been obliged to conclude the respective national implementations of their individual grid codes. Next to a set of binding grid connection requirements as so-called exhaustive requirements, fixed to all European member states, the RfG NC also introduced ranges on non-exhaustive requirements that had to be shaped by the member states in terms of their national implementations.. Download the report

Publication
Which, where, when, and how much flexibility and storage do we need to meet 2030 goals?

this study aims at estimating which, where, and how much storage and flexibility will be needed in the European power system to meet 2030 goals, in the context of the EUCO30 scenario used for the examination of the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package of 2016 -with the techno-economic assumptions used at the time1-, while considering the impact of grid constraints on flexibility needs. Although sector coupling can provide flexibility, the focus of this report is on the electricity system only. Consequently, flexible classical power plants, pumped hydro storage, battery storage and demand responses are the main sources of flexibility considered in this study. Download the report

EU GCC News

The Network at the 5th IEF EU Climate & Energy Day

The 5th IEF EU Energy and Climate Day is taking place on Thursday 25 February 2021. The topic of the event is "New Energy and Climate Solidarity. A sustainable and inclusive recovery to achieve energy access and climate goals". 

The Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum Joseph McMonigle and the Ambassador of the European Union to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman Patrick Simonnet, invite policy and market leaders of the European Commission and European Union Member States alongside Ministers and industry representatives from world regions to strengthen engagement on a sustainable and inclusive recovery to achieve energy security, affordable access, and climate goals. International policy and market developments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic create new opportunities for collaboration to achieve development and climate goals.

The Network will be present at this important event and will moderate one of the main event's sessions. 

Participation in the event is by personal invitation only. Read more

Publications & Reports

Report - Executive Summary
"The Synergy of Innovative Technologies and Carbon Market Developments in Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the GCC Region"

The executive summary of the virtual workshop The Synergy of Innovative Technologies and Carbon Market Developments in Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the GCC Region is now available. The workshop was organised by the EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), and ENGIE on the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week on Tuesday 19 January 2021. 

Download here the executive summary of the event. 

Highlights January 2021

'The Synergy of Innovative Technologies and Carbon Market Developments in Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the GCC Region 

The EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network partnered with the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), the Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE), the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC), and ENGIE for the organisation of the virtual workshop The Synergy of Innovative Technologies and Carbon Market Developments in Achieving Net Zero Carbon in the GCC Region on the occasion of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The recording of the virtual workshop. delivered on Tuesday 19 January 2021, is available here.

We'd love to hear your ideas and proposals for interesting activities that can drive and facilitate know-how transfer and best practices exchange between the two regions. 

 

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ΕU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Network Office: Khalifa University, 
Sas Al Nakheel Campus, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Network Key Experts Team:

Frank Wouters, Director

Dr Mustapha Taoumi, Energy Technology Expert

Dr Ioanna Makarouni, Communications Manager

Network Contact: contact@eugcc-cleanergy.net

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