Joint Workshop on Renewable Energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) jointly held a workshop on 10 June 2013 in Kuwait. The event gathered 40 experts from across the GCC and the European Union-GCC network to continue the work undertaken at the first workshop in June 2012 at the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The first session highlighted the intensive efforts within the region to map solar and wind resources, and the strengthened capacities of the technical institutes active in this domain. The second session featured strategic analyses on the renewable energy readiness of the GCC countries and underlined the opportunities provided by reinforced integration of the electricity grids.

The group unanimously agreed that renewable energy is strategically important to develop a sustainable energy mix for the region and to meet its growing energy demand. Further, the large renewable energy investments currently being seen in many GCC countries will contribute to the creation of a strong renewable energy hub of competences and industries.


Global Atlas: Status and Perspectives
Nicolas Fichaux, IRENA

Renewable Resource Monitoring and Mapping (RRMM)
Engr. Wail K. Bamhair, K.A.CARE

Solar Resource Assessment using a satellite model
Steffen Stökler, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Biomass, CSP & Wind Resource Assessment
Ivan Moya and Martin Gaston, Centro Nacional de Energías Renovables