ECN in Abu Dhabi

Thursday January 16, 2014 08:56

The excitement is rising for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and International Water Summit (IWS) in Abu Dhabi next week.

Dutch Pavilion
ECN is taking part in the Dutch Pavilion, booth no. 4120, and is looking forward to discuss the latest technological advancements with business relations. Mrs. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), will also be present at the Dutch Pavilion and the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Energy Week.

Tech Talk
ECN’s solar energy icon Prof.dr. Wim Sinke will present the latest trends during his Tech Talk at the WFES exhibition floor entitled “Prepare(d) for impact: silicon-based photovoltaics from niche to terawatts”.

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2014
Time: 12.15 – 12.30 h
Location: WFES exhibition floor

The current trends that we perceive are diversification of technology and markets and the formation of the first substantial self-sustained markets. Some important challenges are to deploy solar energy on a large scale in a region with low conventional energy prices. And to build a globally competitive manufacturing industry in a region without a track record in this sector. Great opportunities are the excellent solar resource and the high ambition to build a strong solar energy sector.

Tech talk outline
Silicon photovoltaics has a history of more than half a century. It has shown impressive progress in  terms of cost and performance and has a very strong position in the global market. Nevertheless it still has great potential for further improvements. Recent technology developments and industry innovations in which ECN and its partners have played a major role will be reviewed and an outlook on the longer term will be presented. Key elements are use of new materials, integrated cell and module designs, product and enhanced sustainability.

Water-Energy Nexus: panel discussion with prominent players 
ECN’s COO Robert Kleiburg will be a speaker during the panel session about the Water-Energy Nexus, which is a side event of Gulf Intelligence, taking place at the Shell stand. This side event is a panel discussion with four prominent players in the field, entitled “Water resource: Leverage Water-Energy Nexus with Future Partnerships?”.

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2014
Time: 11:30 h
Location: Shell stand, WFES exhibition floor

Are you interested to team up with ECN in the United Arab Emirates, then please visit us in the Dutch Pavilion at the WFES/IWS, booth no. 4120, or contact Rebecca Groen, Business Development Manager, at mobile +31 6 83970775 or +31 88 515 4097, e-mail

The Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), 18-25 January 2014
Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is the largest gathering on sustainability in the Middle East, and a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation. In 2013, ADSW welcomed over 30,000 participants from 150 countries. This year, between 18th and 25th January 2014 - (ADSW Festival is on the 24th & 25th), ADSW will, once again, bring world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics together to discuss, debate, and ultimately address the energy and sustainability challenges of the future. Anchored by the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the 2014 programme will feature a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions, including: The International Water Summit; The Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; The Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; The International Renewable Energy Agency meeting; and Ecowaste. For more information please visit

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), 20-22 January 2014
The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s foremost event dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted renewable energy company, and staged at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the WFES Conference attracts world leaders, international policy makers, industry experts, investors from the public and private sector and media, who gather in Abu Dhabi to discuss practical and sustainable solutions to future energy challenges. For more information please visit

The International Water Summit (IWS), 20-22 January 2014
The International Water Summit (IWS) is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. IWS brings together world leaders, field experts, academia luminaries and business innovators to accelerate the development of new sustainable strategies and technologies. IWS continues to foster innovation, best practice and collaboration to offer tangible solutions to the pressing issue of water scarcity. For more information please visit

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