Dr. Ayedh H. Alqahtani received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2000, his M.S. from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles in 2005, and his PhD in electrical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2013. He is currently an assistant professor working with the College of Technological Studies (PAAET), Kuwait. His current research interests include integration of renewable energy in electric power systems, modeling and control of distributed energy generation, and green-energy systems.
11:15 am - 11:35 am
Middle East energy transitions are picking up speed. Driven by well-designed auctions, favorable financing conditions and declining technology costs, renewables are being brought into the mainstream. The Middle East is set to become a market leader in renewable energy. Up to 90GW of renewable energy capacity, mainly solar and wind power, is planned across the MENA region over the next 10- 20 years Renewable energy will account for 34% of total power sector investments across the MENA region over the next five years.