Astana Expo 2017: Strong ME participation highlights clean energy innovations

June 14, 2017 1:03 pm


The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are participating in Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan with major pavilions and programmes on clean sustainable energy and green energy.

The Astana Expo 2017 is taking place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, under the theme ‘Future Energy’ from June 10 to September 10, 2017.

UAE pavilion highlights efforts in renewable energy

The theme of Astana Expo 2017, Future Energy, is in line with the UAE’s plans to invest in renewable energy. Renewable energy is a major component of the comprehensive strategy developed by the country’s leadership to diversify resources and build a sustainable economy.

The UAE pavilion has a capacity of 7,000 people and features interactive digital platforms to enhance guest interaction with the information presented by a virtual host for guided information and self-experiences.

The closing ceremony and the delivery of the Expo 2020 Dubai banner will be witnessed on September 10 at the Astana Expo 2017.

Saudi Arabia’s drive to develop sustainability

Saudi participation in Expo 2017 in Astana reflects the Kingdom’s drive to develop and use sustainable energy, said Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Khalid Al-Falih.

Al-Falih, who is also board chairman of KACARE, opened the Kingdom’s wing at the expo in the presence of Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and Saudi Ambassador in Astana Zafir Al-Inizi.

The Saudi pavilion at the Expo is being supervised by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), in cooperation with public and private energy companies.

The Kingdom’s future policy in using sustainable and renewable energy sources is in line with Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020, Al-Falih said.

Saudi participation in the event aims to exchange expertise and strengthen relations in the energy sector within an international framework, he added.

Saudi Arabia plans to produce 3.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, reaching 9.5 gigawatts by 2023.

Egypt to build a new capital

Egypt is actively participating in the Astana Expo 2017, represented by several companies.

Haytham Kamel Ibrahim, the Egyptian Ambassador in Astana told the press in April that Egypt is willing to adopt the experience of Kazakhstan in terms of a transfer of the capital city.

Ibrahim said: “The Minister of Housing Affairs, Utilities and Urban Development of Egypt visited Kazakhstan for the purpose of adopting Kazakhstan’s experience in building this beautiful city of Astana. Egypt has recently begun construction of a new capital. Construction has been continuing for more than two years.”

In 2015, the Egyptian government introduced a project for construction of a new administrative capital of the country designed for seven million residents located eastward of Cairo.

Turkey presents innovative solutions

Turkey has showcased a ‘super’ glass at its Astana Expo 2017 pavilion. It has also presented various models of windmills used in agriculture.

The Turkish wing features glass that grips both hot and cold temperatures. Visitors can test its properties by walking along the corridor between two pieces of the glass, and feel hot air emanating from the panes.

According to the organisers, this glass reduces light penetration by 40 per cent and heat by 50 per cent, with prospective uses in many areas including construction. The product also provides a high level of noise reduction.

The opening ceremony of Turkey’s pavilion was attended by Zhenis Kassymbek, Minister for Investment and Development of Kazakhstan and Taryk Sonmez, Deputy Minister of Economy of Turkey and the Commissioner of the National Section of Turkey.

Turkey is actively developing a regional energy strategy and wants to strengthen the energy corridors between the North and the South.

Expo 2017 highlights future energy

Rapil Zhoshybayev, Kazakhstan’s National EXPO 2017 Commissioner said that each country participating in the exhibition is trying to develop renewable energy sources and showcasing its achievements at the event.

China is presenting the history of China’s energy development with the help of interactive 3D techniques and show how the ‘artificial sun’ – a model of fusion reactor established by Chinese scientists. Meanwhile, Korea is displaying smart networks, fuel cell vehicles, and advanced energy-saving solutions.

The Netherlands wing offers 3D projection using projection, 3D technologies and sound effects to tell the history of state-of-the-art technologies and advanced innovations. And the UK has introduced graphene, a material of the future that could significantly change the methods of power generation and consumption.

Germany has displayed modern electric cars and smart homes that generate more energy than they consume. While Switzerland offers environmentally friendly homes using new technologies.

Romania pavilion has revealed plans to introduce the world’s fastest laser and Thailand is showcasing renewable energy technologies using agricultural waste.

More than 115 countries and 22 international organisations are participating in the event, which is forecast to receive more than five million visitors, at the rate of 50,000 visitors per day from 100 countries and ten international organisations.

Kazakhstan is the fourth Asian country to host such an event, following Japan, South Korea and China.

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By Hina Latif
Journalist
Hina Latif has over six years of media and publishing experience under her belt, spanning multiple magazines and a newspaper in the UAE. She studied creative writing at the University of Oxford and has a Master’s degree in Journalism.



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