Accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy is a global challenge and a key political priority of the EU. To address this challenge, the EU's biggest transnational research and innovation programme "Horizon 2020" includes important funds and instruments earmarked for clean energy.
This session will present EU's priorities to accelerate clean energy innovation, the latest funding opportunities for the period from 2018 to 2020, and opportunities for international cooperation to enlarge the portfolio of available clean energy options, to bring down costs, and to work together with EU leading research organisations, companies and champions to advance the global competitiveness of renewables.
● Dominique Ristori, Director-General for Energy, European Commission
Keynote opening addresses by:
● EU leadership role in clean energy innovation*
● H.E. Dr. Matar Hamedi Al neyadi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Energy, UAE
Panel discussion 1: Setting the innovation agenda for the clean energy transition
moderator: Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
● Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Network
● Dolf Gielen, Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre
● Anjani Nandan Sharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, India (tbc)
● Pilar Solano, Head of Division, EIB- InnovFin Energy Demonstration Projects
● Florence Lambert, CEO, CEA
● Rui Beon, Co-Founder, BeON Energy
Break for "Official Opening of WFES"
The European Union is setting the new policy framework for the clean energy transition in line with its 2020 and 2030 targets, including research and innovation initiatives to support EU's ambition to become a global leader in renewables. Key research areas include breakthrough technologies, renewable energy solutions for consumers and prosumers and digitalisation of the energy system.
This session will present the latest results from EU's research and innovation activities, provide insights in the latest developments for innovative markets, and discuss international cooperation activities with the GCC.
● Frank Wouters, Director, EU-GCC Clean Energy Technology Network
● Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
● Steven Griffiths, Interim Executive Vice President for Research at Khalifa University of Science and Technology.
● Isabelle Kocher, CEO, ENGIE (tbc)
● Hilal M. Almukhaini, Director of Energy Department, GCC Secretariat General (tbc)
Panel discussion 1: Advances and innovation in renewable energy technologies
Moderator: Paula Abreu Marques, Head of Renewables and CCS, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Keynote: Diego Pavia, CEO, KIC innoenergy (tbc)
● Pjotr Tulej, Head of Renewables, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, European Commission
● Sonja Chirico Indrebø, Vice President Strategy & Innovation in New Energy Solutions, Statoil
● Tommaso Morbiato, Founder, CEO, Windcity
● Chokri Mousaoui, Founder, Eternal Sun Group
● Dr. Osamah Al-Sayegh, Executuve Director, Energy & Building Research Center (EBRC), Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
● Abdulaziz Alswailem, KACST, Vice President for Scientific Research Support (tbc)
Panel discussion 2: Advances and innovation in renewables system integration and digitalisation
Moderator: Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of New Energy Technologies, Innovation and Clean Coal, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission
Keynote: Joao Manso Neto, Member of Board, EDP, Portugal Integrid (tbc)
● Jef Poortmans, imec Scientific Director PV & Energy, EnergyVille Director R&D-strategy (tbc)
● Bruce Douglas, Deputy CEO, SolarPower Europe and Co-Chairman, Global Solar Council
● Peter Hermans, CTO, Stedin (tbc)
● Peeter Pikk, Board member, 220Energia OÜ
● Roberto Vigotti, Secretary General, RES4MED&Africa
● Representative from DEWA (tbc)