NEWS FROM THE BIG 5 - DAY 2

A selection of images and statements from key speakers at the largest construction event in the Middle East today

IMAGE GALLERY - DAY 2

KEY STATEMENTS FROM THE GLOBAL SOLAR LEADERS SUMMIT AT THE BIG 5 SOLAR

The overview from Vivek Chaturvedi, Regional Business Director - Solar, DSM India, Middle East and Africa:

“It is important that we are cognizant of prevailing  planetary conditions as most of the standards that exist for solar today were implemented 20 years ago, and based on countries with more temperate climates, like the US and Germany. Growth in the next 30 years will come from this part of the world (and other regions with harsher climates), so there are a lot of considerations that have not been addressed. These standards need to be discussed by the power that be, and that’s where new technologies and materials are likely to play a role so that the solar industry is able to deliver the returns that investors expect from this region."

Dalia Hawila, Programme Officer, Policy Advice, IRENA said:

“The main success we have seen is the political commitment towards renewable energy, which gives investors confidence in the long term vision of what is happening in the market, and incentive to invest"

Faisal Rashid, Director, Demand Side Management, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy affirmed government stance on the topic:

“The cost of solar is very competitive and the price is dropping significantly, which is sending out a clear message. On the supply side in Dubai, 300MW is already commissioned with 800 MW to be commissioned by 2021 along with 700 MW CSP. Looking globally, in the last 5 years solar has registers down higher new capacity than all other forms of energy and has also added green jobs to the market.”

In his keynote session, Ali Mohammed Al Jassim, CEO, Etihad ESCO said:

“Today, we are leading the region in energy efficiency. We saved Dubai AED40mn in 2016/17 through retrofitting and our success story had an echo around the globe. We have a plan and target to retrofit 30,000 buildings - a target of 2,000 per year. No other city has put such a challenging target but we have a path, a goal, a plan. The target is 30% by 2030; it’s just a matter of time.
 “We are also talking about building labeling. Every building that has been retrofitted and achieved savings should be recognised. We are working on the operational plan and it will be made public in 2019/20.”

Speaking on Green Financing, Ivano Iannelli, CEO, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence forecast:

“By 2030, 25% of Dubai’s energy mix will come from renewable solutions, both from utility scale and distributed, such as solar rooftops, solar car parks and other installations."

Mohammed Atif, Area Manager, Energy, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy spoke on Solar PV Plus Energy Storage:

“If you have a longer term vision and belief that we can achieve a highly decarbonised system, or 100% decarbonised system, then Solar PV Plus storage is one of the key facilitators."

Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council, spoke on the digital side of solar energy:

“If we look at drones, they can be used at every stage of solar panel cycle. They can add value from time-saving topography research to the construction monitoring stage to operations where they are used to conduct inspections and collect data. Today, we are mostly in manual mode but everything is being converted to AI."

Pierre Samaties, CEO and Managing Partner, Innogy International Middle East looked forward:

“The future will be more decentralized, more digitalised and more decarbonised. I see us having many more micro grids, cities having their own energy systems and a lot of amazing things happening in the home.”

Minjian Hu, CEO, Hanergy Middle East concluded on the potential of urban solar:

“To put it into perspective, a tower the size and shape of Burj Khalifa carried by PV glass would have a daily electricity production of more than 1,700 kWh.”

Last but not least, the world's eyes are on us: Marius Kaiser, Director, Technical Department and Product Management, Canadian Solar EMEA:

“Expo 2020 presents a very good opportunity to spread awareness in the UAE and to the world, and within the Expo site there will be different kinds of technology in action that is linked to the renewables sector.”

Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 2018 is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, from 26 to 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

To know more visit: www.thebig5.ae 

 

 

 

About The Big 5

25 - 28 November 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry.

Since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the Middle East and African markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the region.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event is set to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation. 

For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle. Not only does it showcase products across six dedicated product sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, Construction Technology & Innovation, and the all new Offsite & Modular Construction.

It also runs alongside six specialised events enabling industry professionals to source products from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative building solutions to over 68,000 expected visitors, the seven co-located events provide more than 220 complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

In order to promote technological innovation in the construction sector, the event also features The Big 5’s Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, among others.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. Free online registration closes on 24 November 2019; 200 AED entrance fee will be charged to non-registered visitors.

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To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae


About dmg events

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dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit www.dmgevents.com.

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