Middle East Energy 2022 kicks off at Dubai World Trade Centre
Staff Report, March 7, 2022
Alternative energy sources, digitalisation and sector intelligence in focus at event with over 500 exhibitors from 131 countries and a projected 18,000 attendees
The reginal and global energy and power sector have converged on Dubai as the Middle East Energy (MEE) exhibition opened at the Dubai World Trade Centre today, with over 500 exhibitors from 131 countries expecting over 18,000 attendees at the MENA region’s biggest event for the sector.
According to organisers Informa Markets, under the theme of ‘Guiding you through the energy transition’, the event provides a “platform for the global energy industry to discover new products and the latest energy innovations, do business with exhibitors from around the world and provide the opportunity to hear from experts on developing a diverse, digitised and sustainable future”.
Focusing on five key sectors - Transmission & Distribution, Smart Solutions; Renewable & Clean Energies; Backup Generators & Critical Power; and Energy Consumption & Management - the event provides a platform for understanding more about energy alternatives and solutions including digitalisation, solar, wind, and hydro energy solutions, among others, said Informa Markets.
The organiser added that MEE has witnessed an uptick in international participation, with a 40% growth in visitors from Saudi Arabia rounding out the top three international visitor destinations, including Nigeria and Egypt. Other countries represented include France, Germany, Italy, China, the United Kingdom and the US. From the Mena region, Algeria, Morocco, Kenya, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan are all represented. Policymakers, business leaders and industry experts from the energy industry are in attendance at the event, which will run until March 9, Wednesday.
Azzan Mohammed, exhibition director, Global Energy & Utilities Forum and Middle East Energy, said: “MEE has a fundamental role in supporting the global energy community adjust its sustainable strategies as we look to the future and reassess the way we use, produce and consume energy. We want to provide a platform whereby the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition can be discussed in detail and where solutions and new technology can be showcased to achieve this global goal.
“This year, we have seen a surge in demand from both buyers and exhibitors eager to meet in-person to learn more about the products changing the face of the energy landscape and hear insights from leaders within the field.”
Held under the patronage of Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, MEE is being hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, where five Ministry officials are confirmed to speak. They include Yousif Al Ali, assistant undersecretary for Electricity, Water and Future Energy Sector, Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE; Aisha Al Abdooli, acting assistant undersecretary for Green Development & Climate Change, Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, UAE; Iqbal Altayer, director - Technical Supervision (Power & Alternate Energy) Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait; Andrea Di Gregorio, executive director - Energy Efficiency & Renewables, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality; and Nawal Yousif Ibrahim Al-Hanaee, director of Future Energy Department, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE.
The speakers will all be participating in the Global Energy & Utilities Forum, which will provide a platform for industry experts to discuss thought leadership, collaboration and solutions for meeting the energy shift within the sector through a series of high-level strategic panels, technical sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops.
The focus of discussion will be on developing a roadmap to decarbonisation, an insight into the energy systems of the future, the green hydrogen opportunities in the Mena region, funding of the energy transition, the rise of sustainable finance, powering the African continent with renewable energy, grids of the future, energy efficiency focus and decarbonising industries.
Other conferences taking place during the event include the Intersolar Middle East Conference and the Technical Hub, where visitors can learn more about industry best practices across key pillars of the energy sector, including Digitalisation & Smart Grids, Renewables, Green Hydrogen, and Energy Storage, and photovoltaics, PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies.
Within the five product sectors, a range of companies are showcasing their latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies. EODev, the company responsible for developing and industrialising sustainable, reliable and affordable hydrogen-based energy solutions, is showcasing the EODev GEH2, a hydrogen fuel cell power generator designed to replace diesel or gas gensets in both mobile, prime and emergency standby applications. This cutting-edge generator is completely zero-emission, only producing water and heat as by-products.
Meanwhile, Cummins Generator Technologies is at Middle East Energy to discuss the world-renowned Stamford S-Range and AvK alternator ranges. They will showcase the versatile Stamford S-Range alternators, upgraded with the latest features and technology, including the recently launched extension of the Stamford S7 with new enhanced options, including water-cooling and extended ratings.
This year’s event sponsors include Perkins, Baudouin, Newage Stamford AVK and Riello UPS.