تحت رعاية سمو الشيخ خالد بن محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبوظبي رئيس المجلس التنفيذي لإمارة أبوظبي

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH KHALED BIN MOHAMED BIN ZAYED AL NAHYAN CROWN PRINCE OF ABU DHABI AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ABU DHABI EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

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TECHNICAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Monday 16 September 2024

Tuesday 17 September 2024

Wednesday 18 September 2024

10:00 - 11:30
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SESSION 1: SMART GRIDS - ENHANCING RESILIENCE AND EFFICIENCY

CHAIRS:

Eng. Doreb Ebrahim , CEO , Enertech Middleast FZ LLC

Rui De Sousa , Principal, Industry & Value Advisor, Middle East & Africa South , SAP

Optimising approaches to grid balancing under varying output of large scale photovoltaic plants

Harry Apostoleris Researcher DEWA R&D, United Arab Emirates

Economically complying with grid codes for PV plants by enhancing inverter capability

Waqas Hussain Business Development Manager Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, United Arab Emirates

An AMI solution developed and operated by a DSO, to unlock the full potential of smart meters

Maher Aboujaoude Tech Lead of Innovative Analytics ENEDIS, France

Advancing grid stability and efficiency: an extensive examination of the Volt-VAR Management System (VVMS)

Canan Şişman Korkmaz R&D inavitas, Turkey

10:00 - 11:30
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SESSION 2: EXPLORING NEW ENERGY SYSTEMS

CHAIRS:

Dr. Corrado Sommariva , CEO , Sustainable Water and Power Consultants (SWPC)

Malik Benameur , Head of Energy & Smart Solutions , Dalkia Middle East, Saudi Arabia

Beyond surface: exploring KSA's geothermal opportunities and challenges

Mohamed A. AlEmam Manager, Business Development EDF, Saudi Arabia

PV recycling and solar waste management in Dubai

Krishiv Gandhi Researcher - Energy Systems DEWA, United Arab Emirates

Evaluating grid technologies for utility net-zero

Abhishek Kar Head- Strategy & Sustainability Siemens, United Arab Emirates

The H2 battery by water stuff - paving the way for a quantum leap in the hydrogen eco-system

Thomas Korn CEO water stuff & sun GmbH, Germany

11:30 - 13:10
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SESSION 3: ADVANCEMENTS IN POWER GENERATION R&D

CHAIRS:

Dr. Yacine Addad , Deputy Director, Emirates Nuclear Technology Center, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering , Khalifa University

Milton Dasgupta , Project Manager - Energy Business , Wartsila

Hybrid machine learning forecasting for grid-connected solar power plant

Ameera Almarzooqi Power Protection Engineer TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates

Deposits in steam turbines and GT’s compressors – unwanted expensive factor. Full restoration of steam and gas turbines efficiency by removing deposits with deep chemical foam cleaning

Wojciech Majka CEO, President of the Board Ecol Sp. z.o.o., Poland

Integrating multiple renewable energy sources with machine learning and deep learning for enhanced efficiency and profitability

Ayushya Verma Senior Software Developer K.M. Williams and Associates LLC, India

Path of construction of light water reactor based nuclear power plant in India – a case study

R S Prasad General Manager Engineers India LTD, India

Nuclear power plant lifetime extension: using R&D and digital twin to model reinforced concrete and evaluate mechanical phenomena

Miquel Huguet Aguilera Civil Engineering Project Manager Egis, France

11:30 - 13:10
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SESSION 4: ADVANCES IN DESALINATION AND WATER TREATMENT STRATEGIES

CHAIRS:

Nada Abubakr , Middle East Lead – Global Water Practice , Ricardo PLC

Dr. Mohamed A. Dawoud , Senior Water Advisor , Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

BFP filtration - a replacement for chlorination/dechlorination in RO pre-treatment

Martin Stahl Area Manager E+B Umwelttechnik GmbH, United Arab Emirates

Navigating the technology shift from thermal desalination to reverse osmosis to decarbonise the water sector while ensuring the security of supply in UAE

Asim Khan Water Production Planning Lead EWEC, United Arab Emirates

Decoupling of water production and electricity generation from GDP and population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries

Dr. Shayma AlBannay Grid Sustainability Section Manager ADDC, United Arab Emirates

14:00 - 15:40
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SESSION 5: BUILDING SUSTAINABLE SMART COMMUNITIES AND INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE

CHAIRS:

Randheer Singh , Founder & CEO , ForeSee Advisors

Lina Hijazi , Proposal Manager , Masdar

Transforming industrial cities into smart hubs: a case study of modon's smart industrial cities program

Mohammed Tantawi Head of Business Innovation Giza Systems, Saudi Arabia

Strategic vision for electric vehicle infrastructure in a fast-changing landscape

Maher Aboujaoude Tech Lead of Innovative Analytics ENEDIS, France

The road not taken? the role of behaviour in the energy transition

Dr. Malek Al-Chalabi Continuing Member University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Transformative innovations in sanitary waste management: the promise of sanitary waste recycling destruction technology (SWRDT)

Iram Maimuna CEO E Waste Social Pvt Ltd, India

Evaluating the role of grid interactive buildings for clean energy transition from energy trilemma perspective

Priyam Tewari Consultant Infosys, India

14:00 - 15:40
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SESSION 6: HYDROGEN PRODUCTION AND INFRASTRUCTURE: FROM INNOVATION TO IMPLEMENTATION

CHAIRS:

Secil Torun , Vice President - Engineering and Technical Project Management , ENGIE

Khalid Oumejjoud , Managing Director , PSM Thomassen Gulf LLC

Assessing the financial viability of green hydrogen projects in the GCC

Tarek Fawzy Lead Energy Market Analyst Energy Exemplar, United Arab Emirates

Ansaldo green tech’s contribution to energy transition: a comprehensive look at AEM electrolyzer technology deployment

Luca Rofi Hydrogen Program Manager Ansaldo Green Tech, Italy

Hydrogen storage using LOHCs systems

Mohamed Nasser Senior Chemist ETHYDCO, Egypt

Re-evaluating economics and performance metrics in the context of circular business models and decarbonisation endeavors

Cornelia-Oana Toropoc Senior Advisor Economics MEA OMV, Austria

15:30 - 17:20
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SESSION 7: EMPOWERING UTILITIES THROUGH AI, DATA ANALYTICS, AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

CHAIRS:

Dr. Yacine Addad , Deputy Director, Emirates Nuclear Technology Center, Associate Professor, Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering , Khalifa University

Siddharth Saboo , Energy Lead, EMEA , AWS

A decade of digital transformation from electro-centric to data-centric distribution company

Maher Aboujaoude Tech Lead of Innovative Analytics ENEDIS, France

Optimising gas storage portfolios via deep reinforcement learning

Alex Gardner Senior Risk Quantification Specialist Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), United Arab Emirates

Leveraging artificial intelligence for industrial process design optimisation in power generation and green e-fuel synthesis

Olivier Moreau Commercial Director Electricité de France (EDF), France

Corrosion identification using deep learning for cooling system corrosion monitoring at Veolia

Suchitra Saxena Lead Engineer Veolia Water Technologies and Solutions, India

Tackling OT cyber threats in the era of generative AI

Tahir Saleem Sr. Specialist - OT Security DEWA, United Arab Emirates

15:30 - 17:20
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SESSION 8: ENHANCING ASSET PERFORMANCE AND MANAGEMENT

CHAIRS:

Ian Rodgers , Product Manager Assessment Services - Digital Solutions , Xylem Inc

Katarina Uherova Hasbani , Partner and Global Director of Strategy and Advisory , AESG

Determination of asset useful life and efficient maintenance decision making for better asset performance management

Balasubramanian Nainar Specialist / Operation Technology Transco, United Arab Emirates

A DSO-oriented tool for optimised network planning

Maher Aboujaoude Tech Lead of Innovative Analytics ENEDIS, France

Cable differential protection scheme for 11/22/33kV cable feeders by using one differential relay (instead of 2 relays) with the help of CT merging unit only at the remote

Sajid Ahmed Mohamed Abdul Kader Senior Studies and Protection Engineer ADDC, United Arab Emirates

10:00 - 11:40
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SESSION 9: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF ENERGY STORAGE AND EMS

CHAIRS:

Giriraj Rathore , Strategic Market Development - Energy Storage & Optimisation , Wärtsilä Energy

Simon Bartmann , Co-CEO , Bullfinch Asset AG

Evaluating renewable energy - storage systems for green hydrogen production

Israa Alshaer Project Engineer ILF Consulting Engineers, United Arab Emirates

Potential and feasibility of large scale pumped storage in middle east

Thomas Pinchard Senior Hydropower Specialist EDF, France

Large scale energy storage using gaseous hydrogen

Rhodliza Talatala Senior Document Administrator AtkinsRéalis, United Arab Emirates

Voltage regulating distribution transformers as the new standard in public grids for economically integrating renewable energy and new loads at distribution level

Waqas Hussain Business Development Manager Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen, United Arab Emirates

10:00 - 11:40
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SESSION 10: PATHWAYS FOR DECARBONISATION

CHAIRS:

Daxita Rajcoomar, , Chief Sustainability Officer, Asia, Middle East, Africa , ENGIE

Antonio Valentin Diaz , Head of Project Delivery – Middle East , EDF Renewables Middle East

An update on the role of gas-turbines in a net-zero energy system

Cristopher Sagar Chief Engineer AtkinsRéalis, United Arab Emirates

UAE net-zero pathway

Omar Hatoum Lead Energy Analyst GE Vernova Consulting Services, UAE

Decarbonising existing gas turbine power generation infrastructure - combustion system retrofits for clean hydrogen utilisation and carbon footprint reduction

Jeffrey Benoit VP, Clean Energy Solutions PSM – a Hanwha Company, United States

Balancing plants with the power of green engines

Ulrich Voegtle Vice President Business Development and New Solution Management MAN Energy Solutions, Germany

Long-duration energy storage & cloud energy management platform for empowering energy transition and energy cost optimisation

Surya Chavali Industry Principal Infosys, India

11:30 - 13:00
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SESSION 11: UNVEILING THE POWER OF DIGITAL TWINS, IOT, AND CONNECTED PERFORMANCE

CHAIRS:

Ian Rodgers , Product Manager Assessment Services - Digital Solutions , Xylem Inc

Mohamed Sayed Taha , Projects & Technical Consulting Manager , Enppi

Using edge analytics & digital twin to optimise pump system performance & efficiency

Matt Rolls Vice President Business Development Specific Energy, United Kingdom

Digital twin for the water industry: how an interoperable tool landscape paves the way for a sustainable future

Mahesh Shanthan Regional Head for Water Vertical Siemens Industrial LLC, United Arab Emirates

Digital twin & internet of things (IoT) application for connected performance in brownfield EPC projects

Abdus Samad Sr. Process Designer NMDC Energy, United Arab Emirates

A pioneer implementation of industrial internet of things

Abdullah Abaoud Engineer IV Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

Automate quality and safety process in Marafiq through vyntelligence digital platform

Majdi Alharbi Superintendent - Power Operation, Power Generation Marafiq, Saudi Arabia

11:30 - 13:00
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SESSION 12: UTILISATION OF HYDROGEN FOR POWER GEN AND AUTOMOTIVE

CHAIRS:

Chris Larsen , Senior Director - Clean Energy , Dynapower

Cristopher Sagar , Chief Engineer , Atkins

Gas pipelines – the pathway to make hydrogen accessible and affordable

Mohit Raj Business Advisor - MD & CEO Office Pipeline Infrastructure Limited, India

100% hydrogen gas turbine full scale validation test outcomes and results

Serena Gabriele Turbomachinery Hydrogen Platform Manager Baker Hughes, Italy

The path to decarbonisation through re-electrification of green hydrogen: focus on green hydrogen production

Daniel Schwappach Head of Sustainable Energy Systems Siemens Energy, United Arab Emirates

PtX products

Ulrich Voegtle Vice President Business Development and New Solution Management MAN Energy Solutions, Germany

14:00 - 15:40
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SESSION 13: WATER TREATMENT AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

CHAIRS:

Dr. Amber Bullen , Technical Director – Wastewater, Engineering Services , AtkinsRéalis

Hebah Abbas , Chairwoman , Kuwait Water Association

Dynamic criticality assessment method for secure short-term operational plans in water systems

Abdallah Elbashatli Water Operations - Planning Engineer EWEC, United Arab Emirates

Improving water security – insights from testing Australia's town and city water security framework

Joseph Lorimer Associate Director Ricardo, France

Strategic pipeline alliance (SPA)- transmission main - Anglian water UK - deliberately delivering differently

Rhodliza Talatala Senior Document Administrator AtkinsRéalis, United Arab Emirates

A strategic water reserve for emergency water supplies in Abu Dhabi

Dr. Mohamed Dawoud Senior Water Advisor Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

14:00 - 15:40
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SESSION 14: MODERNISATION STRATEGIES AND INNOVATIONS IN POWER SYSTEMS

CHAIRS:

Lina Hijazi , Proposal Manager , Masdar

Imteyaz Ahmad , Managing Director – Power and Water , Future Water and Power Consulting (FWPC)

Design criteria for the conventional power island of small modular reactors

Marco Cioffi Product Manager Ansaldo Energia, Italy

Research update on engineering and construction innovations

Hasan Charkas Senior Principal Manager (Advanced Reactors Engineering) Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), United States

Optimal design of hybrid solar power systems: a case study in the chinese industry

Gabriele Furlan Project Engineer Sbp Sonne, Germany

Development of a cloud-based fleet-wide settlement solution for SEC

Josef Petek Manager Commercial Operations ENEXSA GmbH, Austria

Bespoke solution for treatment, conditioning and handling of radioactive waste

Francesca Maggini Technical Sales Manager, Business Development & Sales Ansaldo Nucleare, Italy

15:30 - 17:00
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SESSION 15: OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE 4.0

CHAIRS:

Hervé de Trémiolles , International Development Manager , EDF / CSFN

Siddharth Saboo , Energy Lead, EMEA , AWS

AI-driven transformation: shaping the future of operational excellence, workforce management, and cost efficiency

Ayushya Verma Senior Software Developer K.M. Williams and Associates LLC, India

Smart maintenance of high voltage underground cables

Sultan Al Katiri Senior Cables Engineer TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates

Operational excellence - a path for sustainable and continuous refinement

Praveen Ashokan Manager - Global Fleet Management ENGIE, United Arab Emirates

Enhancing production facilities productivity through Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) approach

Mohamed Hamdallah Power Generation Manager TAQA Arabia - Power Group, Egypt

15:30 - 17:00
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SESSION 16: INTEGRATED SAFETY CULTURE

CHAIRS:

Sabooh Asghar , VP-HSEQ , Tabreed

Eng. Doreb Ebrahim , CEO , Enertech Middleast FZ LLC

Perspectives for senior power & utilities leaders on the imperative to rapidly transform their management of critical operational risks

Ahmad Alhonjol Principal dss+, United Arab Emirates

Chemical free & environmentally friendly technique to eliminate the interference of dissolved oil from produced water chemical analysis

Faisal Al Shehri Technical Advisor Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

Safety by design engineering of transformers with embracing new concepts in utility specifications

Mahendar Chidaboina PT Application Engineer Hitachi Energy India Ltd, India

The future of civil defense: embracing AI responders for enhanced emergency management

Khaled Al Atrash Technical Operation Expert Civil defence, United Arab Emirates

10:00 - 11:30
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SESSION 17: ADVANCING TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS

CHAIRS:

Dr. Bouhadjar Ahemed Seddik , Electrical Engineering Lead , Siemens Energy

Imteyaz Ahmad , Managing Director – Power and Water , Future Water and Power Consulting (FWPC)

Utilities require a paradigm shift in managing their supply chains for building the electricity grids for the energy transition

Martin Hoegel Partner & Director Boston Consulting Group, United Kingdom

Statnett's initiative to implement digital substations in the Norwegian power grid

Nargis Hurzuk Technology Responsible Substation/ Project Manager- R&D and Innovation STATNETT, Norway

A proposed framework for lifecycle management of legacy substation protection and control systems: a case study of transmission substations in UAE

Vinay Sardana Senior Power System Engineer TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates

Technical feasibility and dynamic stability assessment of fully-islanded power networks for large-scale green hydrogen production

Sohail Mian Director Power Systems Blake Clough Consulting Middle East LLC-FZ, United Arab Emirates

10:00 - 11:30
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SESSION 18: SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS FOR WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT AND RESOURCE RECOVERY

CHAIRS:

Hebah Abbas , Chairwoman , Kuwait Water Association

Julio De La Rosa Jurado , Regional Director , Acciona

Carbon net-zero wastewater treatment

Rhodliza Talatala Senior Document Administrator AtkinsRéalis, United Arab Emirates

Onunda technology converts bioresources into three valuable products: syngas, phosphorous-rich biochar, and nutrient-rich liquor

Paul Marsh Country Manager Onunda, United Arab Emirates

Water demand management based on water consumption data analysis in the emirate of Abu Dhabi

Dr. Shayma AlBannay Grid Sustainability Section Manager ADDC, United Arab Emirates

Knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations of farmers in Abu Dhabi and western Australia on groundwater management: a comparison study

Yusri Alyaarbi Senior Water Sustainability Engineer ADDC, United Arab Emirates

11:30 - 13:00
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SESSION 19: BALANCING COMPLIANCE, INNOVATION AND SECURING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

CHAIRS:

Biren Gandhi , Global Energy and Utilities Practice Leader , IBM Consulting

Khaled Gamal , Head of Sales - Digital Grid, MEA , Schneider Electric

Navigating the regulatory landscape: impact of cybersecurity regulations on the utility business

Mohamed Fahmy Cyber & Protective Security Section Manager TRANSCO, United Arab Emirates

Sustainable use and supply of water and power

Mehryar Entezari Lead Customer Value Advisor - SAP Signavio SAP, United Arab Emirates

New cyber-attack, data security and OT/IT convergence challenges for transmission and distribution system operators (TSOs and DSOs)

Florian Kolb CCO & General Manager Energy Intertrust Technologies, United States

Autonomous flying robots for sewer digitalisation

Fran Espada CEO Hovering Solutions, Spain

Powering energy transition: securing OT transformation in power and utilities through cloud enabled edge computing and network modernisation

Deependra Singh Shekhawat Energy Industry Specialist Amazon Web Services, Australia

11:30 - 13:00
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SESSION 20: GRID INTEGRATION AND DEMAND SIDE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

CHAIRS:

Dr. Satish Balantrapu , Principal Consultant , Infosys

Anousha Khan , Energy Sustainability Consultant , Insight Plum

Towards carbon-neutral cities: a framework for integrating building retrofitting, microclimate design, and progressive urban energy policies

Hamsah Khalil Climate Change and Sustainability Senior Manager ESAC Group, United Arab Emirates

Driving energy efficiency in Abu Dhabi's Industrial Sector: a journey towards decarbonisation through collaborative energy management

Shaikha Al Yahyaee DSM Engineer ADDC, United Arab Emirates

Identification of major power interconnections to valorise untapped RES potential around Middle-East

Nicolas Chamollet Power System and Energy Markets Expert Electricité de France (EDF), France

Considering the benefits of enabling cultural change in electricity “demand side response” in support of the energy transition in Abu Dhabi

Ahmad Alhonjol Principal dss+, United Arab Emirates

14:00 - 15:30
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SESSION 21: MAXIMISING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND INNOVATIONS IN COOLING SYSTEMS

CHAIRS:

Antonio Di Cecca , Chief Operating Officer , Tabreed

Cedric Carretero , Technical Director , Dalkia

Smarter pricing unlocks customer & system benefits

Sarthak Sunil Ganpule Senior Consultant Guidehouse, United Arab Emirates

Enhancing efficiency and operational excellence in district cooling systems: performance measurement and optimisation strategies

Marc Hager CTO Naotilus GmbH, Germany

Phase changing material (PCM) application in cooling related energy saving & energy efficiency

Balazs Kovacs International Sales Heatventors, Hungary

14:00 - 15:30
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SESSION 22: WORKFORCE OF THE FUTURE

CHAIRS:

Biren Gandhi , Global Energy and Utilities Practice Leader , IBM Consulting

Rui De Sousa , Principal, Industry & Value Advisor, Middle East & Africa South , SAP

Digital asset management - cultural shift required to maximise impact

Ahmad Alhonjol Principal dss+, United Arab Emirates

Empowering workforce for operational excellence: cultivating communication, engagement, and growth for streamlined success in business expansion

Muhammad Younus Shahzad Assistant Manager Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd, Pakistan

The tailor-made transition and handover process: enhancing organisational agility

Ankit Bisht Engineer Emaar, United Arab Emirates

Assessment of the African network of centers of excellence in electricity

Alexis Rechain Managing Director Str@tec-arc, Cote d'lvoire

15:30 - 17:10
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SESSION 23: INNOVATIONS POWERING THE ENERGY SECTOR

CHAIRS:

Peter Ondko , Associate Director , Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Buket Guner , Investment Manager , EDF, UAE

Revolutionising power generation: harnessing the winds of change with innovative turbine technology

Bilal Ahmed Officer Operations Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd, Pakistan

Leveraging IoT, AI/ML, and cloud technologies for accelerating global energy transition through virtual power plants and flexibility services platforms

Deependra Singh Shekhawat Energy Industry Specialist Amazon Web Services, Australia

Energy storage valuation framework: to be utilised before adoption of storage for grid

Avanthika Satheesh Director - Emerging Tech MENA Customized Energy Solution, United Arab Emirates

A novel prototype of water lifting pump to save energy and improve efficiency of power utilisation

Mohammed Abdelhafez Engineer Atlas, Egypt

Power plant intelligent controller (PIC)

Rudy Skaff Performance Optimisation Manager Siemens Energy, United Arab Emirates

15:30 - 17:10
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SESSION 24: ENABLING A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY TRANSITION

CHAIRS:

Mohamed Sayed Taha , Projects & Technical Consulting Manager , Enppi

Ismail Serhan , Head of Heat Exchanger Business - MEA , Danfoss

Carbon credit trading scheme and its applicability in energy intensive industries

Geetali Kalita Head-ESG Numaligarh Refinery, India

Exploring the role of transformers in the circular economy

Mohamed Elfayoumy Application Engineer Hitachi Energy LLC, United Arab Emirates

Regulatory challenges, strategies and measures support implementation of utilities net zero ambitions

Alex Oeser Vice President TAQA, United Arab Emirates

A comprehensive analysis of global energy transformation and its utility industry implications

Manas Joshi Manager TATA Power-DDL, India

Monday 16 September 2024

Tuesday 17 September 2024

Wednesday 18 September 2024