Water scarcity, sustainable water management and power regulation key topics alongside inaugural Smart Grids GCC MasterClass 2012

United Arab Emirates: Monday, September 10 - 2012 @ 14:33

Taking place on 8 October, the dedicated forum runs alongside the Power + Water Middle East exhibition, which takes place until 10 October at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

A strong line-up of speakers has so far confirmed participation at the dedicated forum, including a leading figure in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) water and wastewater industry.

Fady Juez, Managing Director of Metito, a provider of water management solutions with more than 50 years of industrial experience in water technologies, will put a spotlight on sustainable water management solutions in a region that is one of the most water scarce in the world.

As water desalination continues to play a crucial role in the MENA region as a non-conventional solution for sustainable water supply, Juez said that it comes at a significant economic and environmental toll, adding that it costs US$ 0.7 to US$ 1 to desalinate a cubic metre of seawater.

To put that figure into perspective, the UAE, which ranks second worldwide in installed desalination capacity, has a total installed capacity in excess of 9 million cubic metres per day.

“We are in dire need as businesses and as individuals to further engage and interact to come up with intelligent, innovative and sustainable solutions to manage, maintain and sustain the world’s natural water resources through effective supply and demand management,” said Juez.

“The Power + Water Leaders’ Forum is an example of such business platforms where these important dialogues can take place.”

Other speakers taking part at the Power + Water Leaders’ Forum include Nick Carter, Director-General of the Regulation & Supervision Bureau; Ian Clarke, Managing Director of Mott MacDonald Middle East; Vahid Fotuhi, President of the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA); and Johan de Villiers, President of ABB Power Systems Gulf, who will debate the merits of sustainable energy.

A significant new addition to Power + Water Middle East this year at ADNEC is the Smart Grids Master Class 2012, presented by The Powerful Solutions (TPS), a UAE based technical advisory focused on the power and energy sectors.

Taking place on 9 October, the master class will present a thread bare analysis of smart grid information, what it will change and what will be the resistance points as organisations seek to improve the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity to regional end users.

Facilitated by some of the best experts and policy makers from USA, Europe and Asia, the dedicated programme will be led by Scott Minos, Senior Policy and Communication Specialist of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Ravinder Bhan, Principal Consultant of TPS said: “Smart Grids will play a major role in managing both power supply and demand more efficiently, and it has become an urgent regional priority to promise a sustainable electrical power supply for the economic, environmental, and societal needs in coming years.”

“The Smart Grids GCC MasterClass 2012 at this year’s Power + Water Middle East is a total shift from conferences where only canned pitch full presentations are made. It’s important to unveil the truth behind Smart Grids since the Middle East is at a stage where billions of dollars’ worth of investments are planned by the utilities. It’s of paramount importance that the right questions are answered before making systems which will be impossible to uninstall.”

Held in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA), with Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI) as a strategic partner, Power + Water Middle East is the region’s premier event for showcasing power and water related products and services.

Now in its 5th year, the three-day exhibition and forum brings together developers, manufacturers, buyers and service providers from a range of sectors in power and water to meet, discuss and invest in the current products and technologies in the related industries.

The exhibition has so far attracted more than 100 exhibitors from 25 countries wishing to network and offer solutions to regional power generation, water and nuclear energy industries.

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