Algeria’s bold new renewables agenda to fuel MENA collaborations

Algeria’s bold new renewables agenda to fuel MENA collaborations

Middle East Energy Dubai, the most reputable and comprehensive energy event in the MENA region, took place at Dubai World Trade Centre from March 7th to 9th. Algeria’s energy planners and innovators participated and found unique opportunities to showcase their work to transition towards renewable energy.

Algeria’s bold new agenda to reduce natural gas consumption and conserve oil and gas export revenues by turning to renewable energy fueled game-changing government-to-government and private sector collaborations across the MENA region, according to Azzan Mohammed, the Exhibition Director, Middle East Energy Dubai.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, Middle East Energy Dubai, is a reputable and comprehensive energy event in the MENA region.

The event attracted over 18,000 energy professionals for a three-day conference featuring five key product sections: Smart Solutions, Renewable and Clean Energy, Critical and Backup Power, Transmission and Distribution, and Energy Consumption and Management.

The return of the live and in-person Middle East Energy Dubai was timely for Algeria, which is pushing to reach 30% of power generation from renewables by 2030 and to generate 25GW power from green and blue hydrogen by 2050 – a turning point for a country whose oil and gas export success provides more than 90% of its foreign revenues and 60% of its national budget.

“The beginning of Algeria’s great renewables shift came in three thrusts: with regulatory reform, creation of the new energy transition ministry METRE, and the new renewable energy company SHAEMS. These developments have laid the foundations for rich collaborations at both national and private sector levels for Algeria’s energy leaders and entrepreneurs in terms of sustainable policies and technologies to deploy across its abundant renewable energy resources,” said Mohammed.

With Algeria’s utility leader Sonelgaz attending the show as a VIP buyer, evidencing the country’s renewed commitment to building a renewable energy ecosystem, the comprehensive product portfolio and knowledge-sharing platforms at Middle East Energy Dubai opened important perspectives on conservation strategies and the development of hydrogen sectors.

And with the event also hosting industry-shaping technical sessions at the Global Energy and Utilities Forum and InterSolar Middle East Conference, the coming together of global expertise offered new insights for innovators in small and medium enterprises who are now finding opportunities in Algeria’s evolving energy sector.

Mohammed added: “Our unique event platform provides Algeria’s energy professionals and innovators with the perfect venue to show how they are transforming their nation’s energy sector, while they gather useful information on next-generation solutions and best practices from MENA colleagues and technology leaders worldwide.”

MEE attendees found a wide range of policy and technology solutions – from utility-scale to small scale renewables and distributed energy resources – on display and under discussion. They also enjoyed access to high-level strategic panels, technical sessions, roundtable discussions and workshops.

Over 500 global exhibitors participated at the 47th edition of the energy showcase, with marquee brands including Lucy Electric, Cummins, Emirates Transformers, Ducab, Riyadh Cables Group and Bahra Cables Company promoting a range of solutions and technologies to accelerate the path to the energy transition.

As part of the forum, the focus of discussion was 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.

In addition to Global Energy and Utilities Forum, a series of technical sessions provided valuable knowledge on critical topics dominating the headlines within the energy community. World-class technical experts led sessions, sharing industry best practices across four core pillars of the energy sector, including digitalisation and smart grids, renewables, green hydrogen, and energy storage.

Rounding out the conferences at Middle East Energy Dubai was the InterSolar Middle East Conference, which this year focused on photovoltaics, PV production technologies and solar thermal technologies. Since its foundation, this yearly conference at Middle East Energy became the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the global solar industry.

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