28 October 2013
Raiffa room, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Risks and Opportunities of Energy Transformation in the Middle East and North African Region

Prof. Osman Galal, president of the World Wind Energy Association, and Prof. Abushady, Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) will visit IIASA on October 28, 2013. They will give two presentations as part of the Risks and Opportunities of Energy Transformation in the Middle East and North African Region guest lecture. 

Risks and Opportunities of Energy Transformation in the Middle East and North African Region

Time: Monday, 28th of October 2013, at 11.00
Place: Raiffa room

Off Grid - Wind /Solar Energy / Renewable Energy Storage Systems and Sustainable Development of MENA Deserts

Prof. Galal Osman President of the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA), president of the African Renewable Energy Association (AFRIREA), president of the World Wind Energy Institute (WWEI), director of the Renewable Energy Research Center at Mansoura University, Egypt

Off grid renewable energy in the Middle East and North African (MENA) countries has strong market, especially in such countries as Yemen and Djibouti.An estimated 20 million people in the region are without access to electricity, while at least 12 millions use traditional biomass for heating and cooking with attendant health and environmental problems. Renewable energy off-grid solutions, especially solar PV, are often seen as competitive and at the correct scale for remote desert and rural communities, for which grid access would be very costly. Current share of renewable energy in MENA is about 1% with strong variance across the region, as Tunisia has 14% of renewable energies in its primary energy supply and Israel and Morocco 5%.

Currently MENA countries have a number of policy targets and incentives promoting renewable energy generation. MENA region has 106 renewable energy projects in pipeline totaling over 7.5 GW. Around 85% of these projects are wind and solar totaling 4.7GW and 2.3GW. respectively. A large portion of the planned energy installations requires methods to address intermittency. Energy storage technology holds the promise to provide many benefits across the energy delivery value chain-from generation to transmission and distribution to end-users. It is considered as a key component for integration of high levels of renewable energy penetration and as an essential tool for smart, future electricity grids. Global market forecast for energy storage over the next 10 to 20 years could be upward of 300GW and $200-$600 billion in value. The storage market for renewable integration is expected to grow in MENA as the amount of intermittent renewable generation placed in the grid grows.


Present and Future Research in Nuclear Energy in Egypt

Prof. Yousry Abushady Member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA), Visiting Professor at Alexandria university, Staff member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Head of Safeguards Operation Section and Senior inspector (1984 - 2009), Nobel Prize winner with IAEA in 2005

The focus of presentation is on the project supported by the Academy of Science and Technology of the Government of Egypt to check capability of national industry to design and manufacture small nuclear power reactors. It also discusses feasibility of such technology to provide energy access in remote desert areas taken into reference its environmental impacts and water usage.


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