Many of these solar companies will be located at the numerous country pavilions that will be present at the Summit, including the French, German, U.S. and Chinese pavilions and the U.K., South Korean, Swiss, Spanish, Greek, Danish, Dutch, Australian, Norwegian and Japanese pavilions among others.
Summit discussions will also cover solar energy in depth, and there will be a dedicated session on advanced solar technologies, materials and costs, which will feature speakers including Eicke Weber, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Katrina Landis, Group Vice President of BP Alternative Energy, Shi Zhengrong, founder and CEO of Suntech Power
Global growth in the photovoltaics (PV) market is forecast to reach 46% in 2010, according to a report recently published by Bank Sarasin, under the title “Solar industry 2009: the first green shoots of recovery”.
A 2006 report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association and Greenpeace1 revealed that solar energy could generate 2.5 percent of the world’s electricity by 2025. This means that enough solar power would be produced globally to satisfy the electricity needs of 20% of the entire EU-25. Put another way, this would represent the annual output from 150 coal-fired power plants. The report further went on to say that this could rise to 16 percent in 2040.
The Crown Prince of Spain, Felipe de Borbón y Grecia has confirmed his participation in the upcoming World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. His Royal Highness will be a keynote speaker in the Plenary welcome session on the first day of the Summit on January 18th.
President Obama recently named Spain, Germany and Japan as three countries that have made a "real investment in renewable energy". The investment has resulted in the Spanish renewable energy market growing tremendously over the last eight years.
H.E. Gonzalo de Benito, Ambassador of Spain in the United Arab Emirates said: “Spain represents one of the leading countries worldwide in the renewable energy industry. Spain strongly supports the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) in Abu Dhabi. We foresee a strong Spanish presence at the third edition of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, through the presence of H.RH. Prince Felipe, Crown Prince of Spain; together with a larger number of Spanish leading companies.”
In his role as Crown Prince he has played a very active role in the promotion of Spain’s economic and commercial interests. His Royal Highness graduated from University of Georgetown (Washington DC) with a Master’s degree in International Relations at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service.
The 3rd edition of the World Future Energy Summit will be held from 18-21 January 2010, hosted by MASDAR, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre under the patronage of HH General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
World Leaders, Policy Makers, Experts and Investors from 100 countries will meet in Abu Dhabi to identify real solutions for today’s climate change and energy challenges. Over 600 exhibitors from 50 countries will be exhibiting at the World Future Energy and Environment Exhibitions on a total space of 40,000sqm offering an unrivalled business and networking opportunities to over 20,000 attendees expected to visit the summit and the exhibition.
Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors is the principal sponsor of WFES 2010. Emirates Aluminium is Associate Sponsor, and additional Sponsors include BP Alternative Energy, Standard Chartered, Siemens, Schneider Electric, Exxon Mobil, ABB, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Oxy, the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipality Affairs and Terna.