The World Future Energy Summit 2016 started yesterday in the UAE. The summit is hosted by Masdar at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from January 18 to 21.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, WFES is a key part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016. The annual event is widely considered the world’s foremost summit dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology.
As in prior years, the 2016 summit will gather a high quality global audience comprising government leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and thousands of visitors with a common interest in the latest developments in these fields.
The summit reflects many of core values and international commitment to the pillars of sustainability – specifically environmental protection through optimizing the energy consumption of our operating subsidiaries.
WFES is strongly committed to deploying the most sustainable technologies available to reduce total emissions and it’s concerned with adopting global best practices for the environment management systems.
WFES 2016 and the associated exhibition will create greater brand awareness and engage with business leaders in the future energy, energy efficiency, clean technology and environment sectors.
There are numerous organizations within the academic, federal, and commercial sectors conducting large scale advanced research in the field of sustainable energy. This research spans several areas of focus across the sustainable energy spectrum. Most of the research is targeted at improving efficiency and increasing overall energy yields.
Multiple federally supported research organizations have focused on sustainable energy in recent years. Two of the most prominent of these labs are Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), both of which are funded by the United States Department of Energy and supported by various corporate partners.
Scientific production towards sustainable energy systems is rising exponentially, growing from about 500 English journal papers only about renewable energy in 1992 to almost 9,000 papers in 2011. Renewable energy technologies are essential contributors to sustainable energy as they generally contribute to world energy security, reducing dependence on fossil fuel resources, and providing opportunities for mitigating greenhouse gases.
First- and second-generation of sustainable energy technologies have entered the markets, and third-generation technologies heavily depend on long term research and development commitments, where the public sector has a role to play.
Regarding energy used by vehicles, a comprehensive 2008 cost-benefit analysis review was conducted of sustainable energy sources and usage combinations in the context of global warming and other dominating issues; it ranked wind power generation combined with battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) as the most efficient. Wind was followed by concentrated solar power (CSP), geothermal power, tidal power, photovoltaic, wave power, hydropower coal capture and storage (CCS), nuclear energy and biofuel energy sources.