First Solar speaker explores PV Powered Water Desalination at Powering Middle East

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Dr Raed Bkayrat will deliver an interactive presentation during the two day summit

The Powering Middle East Summit is a fully interactive platform with a specifically designed environment for building new and sustainable partnerships. The structure is based around a number of discussion led panel sessions and interactive presentations led by expertise in innovative renewable energy solutions. We are pleased to confirm that presentations will be delivered by delegates from Phoenix Solar, SMA Solar, German Jordanian University, Vestas, Austrian Solar and First Solar.

Dr Raed Bkayrat, Vice President for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, will represent First Solar at the Jordan summit. Raed has over 15 year’s industry experience and is responsible for overseeing First Solar’s commercial footprint in the country. Raed joined First Solar from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), where he created the institution’s successful Industry Collaboration Program (KICP), during this time he also developed a successful testing program for solar and other clean energy technologies. Raed holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Jordan.

On behalf of First Solar, Raed will deliver an interactive presentation on the second day of the summit, exploring “Prospects for PV Powered Water Desalination Plants”. Desalinating seawater is becoming a necessity as freshwater scarcity in the region continues to increase, however the process requires large amounts of energy which is at present mainly generated by fossil fuels. Raed will discuss the different desalination processes as well as the costs and performance of an alternative PV powered plant. The presentation will demonstrate that PV provides a much more sustainable option for water desalination than conventional means.

To find an outline of the Powering Middle East agenda please visit: http://issuu.com/estratevents/docs/pme_agenda_brochure 

For more information about First Solar click here to read our original welcome post. If you would like to be included within our post-summit mailing list, please register your interest using our contact form beloFS Logo 2008-CYMK-1795Cw.

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