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All eyes turn to Abu Dhabi as MENASOL 2012 approaches

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Scores of renewable energy industry insiders and government officals are poised to gather in Abu Dhabi 16-17 May to discuss future for solar in Middle East and North Africa at MENASOL 2012.
All eyes turn to Abu Dhabi as MENASOL 2012 approaches

The market-leading event is presented by CSP Today and PV Insider in collaboration with official partners, the UNESCO Cairo Regional Office.

As in recent years, officials from India, China, Spain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Germany and the US are expected to attend, as are representatives from such firms as GE, Petrogas, Solar Frontier, First Solar, E.ON, Roth and Rau, Qatar Petroleum, Siemens, SkyFiel, Total and ACS Cobra.

The current delegate list is available at CSP Today/Menasol.

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.

Among the entities expected to make presentations are 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.

In addition to these events, delegates at MENASOL 2012 will have the unique opportunity to visit the CSP plant Shams 1 & Masdar City’s 10 MW 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 100 MW, it will rank amongst the largest parabolic trough power stations in the world.

MENASOL delegates will also be afforded the opportunity 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.

For additional information:

Menasol 2012

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