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Powering the future in the Middle East, DNV GL’s team will discuss new ways to meet growing energy demands and help the region to make the transition from a hydrocarbon based economy to a greener model.
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Arnhem, The Netherlands 20th January 2014 DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts, will be participating at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi between the 20th – 22nd January 2014 (stand #7400). As the Middle East’s population centres are growing and natural resources become increasingly constrained, global energy stakeholders are meeting at the Summit to determine solutions that will help address the pressures on the local energy market.

With many of the power generation and network assets in the Middle East approaching their half-life and many of the utilities and other stakeholders wanting to transition from a hydrocarbon based economy to a greener model, the World Future Energy Summit brings together the industries brightest minds to investigate potential ways to boost energy efficiency and clean energy capabilities in the region.

David Walker, Chief Executive Officer of DNV GL – Energy comments: “As the overwhelming growth in the Middle East’s populations is expected to be concentrated in major urban city developments, an increasing focus is placed upon smart infrastructure and therefore the ‘smart city’ to optimise the management of knowledge, resources and communications for a safer, smarter and greener city.”

“The Middle East is leapfrogging and advancing technologically at a very brisk pace. Yet at the same time we are seeing that the region’s natural resources are becoming increasingly constrained and the optimal management of existing and new assets has become essential. The Middle East region has huge potential to become a leader in future smart energy systems and I am keen to meet with local businesses to discuss how we can tackle the regional energy demand challenges.”

DNV GL will use the event as a platform to launch its brand new vision paper “The fastest path to implement renewables: distributed storage” which tackles key issues such as the Middle East grids and operation systems’ ability to absorb large amounts of distributed generation from solar and wind and how to address network security supply issues. A full version of the paper can be downloaded here.

The Summit is the first energy event the company has attended under its new DNV GL brand. David Walker and his team will share best practice business knowledge and field expertise, providing analysis of current developments in the Middle Eastern energy market. They will also be advising on new approaches to generating future energy supplies that will help accelerate the region’s transition to a safer, smarter, greener energy future.

During the Summit DNV GL will also be engaging in the following activities:

  • Dr. Ali Nourai, Executive Consultant at DNV GL in Renewables and Energy Storage, will lead a panel discussion on energy storage: This session reviews the current state-of-play in energy storage technologies and discusses technology selection for different storage applications – Tuesday 21st January 2014, 15.30 – 16.30
  • David Walker, DNV GL - Energy will participate in a panel discussion on Energy Efficiency in the built environment: Together with other industry leaders, David Walker will be discussing what the barriers are to building in energy efficiency as standard and how long it will take to drive a change in consumer behaviour so that energy efficiency is second nature and not an afterthought. – Wednesday 22nd January, 11.30 – 12.15