Benefit from an early bird discount by registering for the joint solar conferences in autumn in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, until 31 August. You need to register only once to attend both the SHC 2017 – International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry and the SWC 2017, the ISES Solar World Congress. The early bird offer will get you a 14 % discount on the standard ticket price charged from 1 October. Tickets at reduced prices are available for students and for members of both organisers – the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) – and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF). Day tickets are offered as well.
The four-day conference starting on Monday, 30 October, and ending on Thursday, 2 November, will offer joint plenary sessions followed by events running in parallel and devised by either IEA SHC or ISES, or jointly organised regarding certain subjects such as solar buildings. The planned topics of the plenary sessions are The Road to 100 % Renewable Energy, Regional Progress and Programmes in Renewable Energy and Increasing Quality of Life Through Renewable Energy.
Platform to strengthen ties between research and industry
Together, both conference organisers received around 550 papers; more than half of them dealt with solar heating and cooling systems, their component development or application scenarios. For example, the highly business-focused market segment of solar district heating will play a prominent role on the conference agenda, as research and industry participants from Task 55 – Towards the Integration of Large SHC Systems into DHC Networks – have submitted 17 proposals. Other important topics with a high number of submissions were Solar Architecture and Building Integration and Producing and Storing Renewable Electricity. The organisers’ aim has been to offer a broad range of SHC-related topics which will also attract stakeholders from industry, the public sector and civil society organisations.
“SHC 2017 will once again serve as a platform to build understanding, collaboration and strong cooperation between research and industry,” said Ken Guthrie, Chair of the IEA SHC Programme, which has planned a special industry session in collaboration with ESTIF. There will also be technical tours to some of the region’s key solar installations on the days after the conference.
The conferences have been organised by the large, globally operating solar energy organisations ISES and IEA SHC in partnership with Masdar Institute to deliver first-hand knowledge of developments in solar in the Middle East. “The UAE is uniquely positioned to host these key solar events in 2017. The country has an ambitious renewable energy target of having clean energy sources account for 24 % of its energy mix by 2021 and is advancing the deployment of solar energy in the region,” said Dr Steve Griffiths, Professor of Practice at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and one of the three conference chairs.
Additionally, two workshops are scheduled to take place together with the conferences: Solar Air Conditioning on Tuesday and SolSteam, which will focus on hybrid systems to generate steam based on solar and fossil fuels, on Wednesday. The conference website will have more details on these workshops soon.