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SolarPaces2015 - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems


Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you to participate in the SolarPACES 2016 International Conference to be held October 11–14, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

SolarPACES has been active for more than three decades and it has evolved over the years, under the umbrella of the IEA, into a prestigious international network committed to advancing the state-of-the-art and to increasing the market penetration of concentrating solar power (CSP) and chemical energy systems.

This 22nd edition of the SolarPACES conference is being organized with the help of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology as National Host and supported by ESTELA; the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association. It will again offer a scientific and technical conference program that provides an opportunity for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts around the world to gather and share insights into recent R&D activities and new developments in CSP technology with focus on the development, marketing and commercialization of concentrating solar power systems.

Meaning 'Land of the Gazelle' in Arabic, Abu Dhabi is inviting you to explore some of the world’s most impressive landmarks, the amazing surrounding islands and beaches, and the yellow and vast sand dunes. You will get inspired with the Arabian Emirati traditions that are committed to tolerance and hospitality. Truly, the combination of international influences and a strong commitment to local heritage that people find in Abu Dhabi has created an intriguing mix of new and old.

In the last years, the UAE has placed itself as a key player regionally and internationally in the sustainability and renewable energy sector. It is hosting today Masdar City – one of the most sustainable cities in the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the Shams CSP plant and many other important projects and organizations. While participating in this years conference, you will have the chance to visit Masdar City and know more about Masdar, Masdar Institute, Masdar Institute Solar Platform, as well as Shams CSP plant.

On behalf of the organizing committee of SolarPACES and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, I kindly invite you to be a part of this exciting technical event at SolarPACES 2016.

Abdulaziz Al Obaidli

Chair, SolarPACES 2016
General Manager, Shams Power Company PJSC


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