Posted on April 12, 2017

More than 80 professionals working in the area of renewable energy attended a recent symposium held by Texas A&M University at Qatar in Education City. The daylong symposium, “Recent Advances in Renewable Energy Technologies,” featured leading experts from Qatar and Germany who presented their work in the area of renewable energy.

According to Qatar National Vision 2030, Qatar aims to be at the forefront of the development of renewable energy technologies, with solar energy as the main source of renewable energy in the country’s electricity mix by 2030.

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The symposium brought together experts who specialize in science, technology, business and policy related to renewable energy. The Bavarian Energy Campus Nuremberg and Texas A&M at Qatar organized the event, with additional presentations by experts from other Qatar-based universities, research centers and industry, including Qatar Foundation, Hamad bin Khalifa University and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute.

“This symposium is important and timely,” said Dr. César O. Malavé, dean of Texas A&M at Qatar. “Texas A&M at Qatar is proud to work with academic and industry collaborators such as our friends from Germany and our partners here in Qatar. Through these partnerships, we can help realize sustainable solutions to real-world challenges and encourage the exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise that is essential to fuel innovation and new thinking.” The day concluded with a roundtable discussion that aimed to identify priority areas for future collaborative research related to renewable energy technologies. 

Dr. Ioannis G. Economou, professor in the Chemical Engineering Program at Texas A&M at Qatar and the symposium’s organizer, said, “The symposium exceeded our initial expectations, especially with respect to the number of participants from local industry.  This is a clear message that industry-academia collaborations can have beneficial results for this country. Bavaria is one of the most socially and technologically advanced regions in Europe. We aim to develop long-term collaboration with them in research and education through joint R&D activities, exchange of students and faculty and other initiatives.”

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