The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi is the Middle East's largest gathering on future energy. The eigth edition, which runs January 18-21, is expected to attract some 30,000 delegates from 170 different countries, representing the technology, finance and government sectors.

WFES 2015 news

5 takeaways from the 8th World Future Energy Summit

A robot.

The MENA region has long been the center of great expectations for the PV industry. From Monday to Thursday this past week much of the global solar industry descended on Abu Dhabi for the 8th World Future Energy Summit. The big...


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The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2015

Volatility due to sinking oil prices and PV development in the Middle East, Barack Obama's praise of solar, the ITC's confirmation of import tariffs and Q Cells moving production out of Germany were just some of the week's...


WFES Interview: BNEF's Michael Liebreich

Michael Liebreich

When Saudi developer ACWA won Dubai's 200 MW reverse auction for a PV power plant with a bid of only US$5.84c/kWh over 25 years, the low price stunned the PV industry. The founder of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael...


IHS halves five-year outlook for PV installations in Saudi Arabia

Rub al Khalid Desert, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has postponed the roll-out of its renewable energy plans by eight years, now setting its its capacity target to 2040, according to reports citing Hashim Yamani, president of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and...


EU's lead climate negotiator shares Gore's optimism in Abu Dhabi

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore at the 2015 WFES conference in Abu Dhabi.

On the same day that former U.S. Vice President Al Gore expressed optimism that an agreement on greenhouse gas emissions would be reached in Paris later this year, Jake Werksman, the European Union's lead negotiator in these...


'Six-cent energy is not the new normal'

A desert scene.

The ultra-low LCOE agreed for the latest phase of Dubai's 1 GW project is not typical but may point to an expectation of further falls in panel prices up to 2018.


WFES: Gore confident of climate agreement in Paris

The MENA stuff.

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore believes a global C02 emissions agreement is likely to be achieved at Paris, as a part of the UNFCC negotiations to take place in Paris later this year. Gore made his remarks while picking up...


Bidders land 200 MW solar deal

The Dubai skyline.

Winning tender announced for second phase of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The Dubai scheme will have a 1 GW capacity by 2030.


WFES: First Solar launches free online power plant assessment tool

The Copper Mountain PV power plant from First Solar.

U.S. thin film manufacturer and project developer First Solar has launched its free Energy Capacity Assessment Tool, which allows potential power plant developers or investors to plot out a PV power plant online to assess its...


WFES 2015 press releases

22. January 2015 | | Comment now

MegaCell launches solar water purification system based on reverse osmosis at WFES

MegaCell Engineering, the leading Italian Company focused on Smart Energy System and owned by Mega Group, launched the recently patented SSD (Solar Smart Solar Desalination) system at this week's WFES in Abu Dhabi as a brand new...


19. January 2015 | | Comment now

REC: Innovative products, projects and strategic cooperations at World Future Energy Summit

At the 2015 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi from January 19-22, REC, a leading global provider of solar energy solutions, is highlighting the all-round strengths that keep the company at the forefront of the global solar...


19. January 2015 | | Comment now

Yingli introduces CleanARC coated solar panels for tough climates and harsh conditions

Innovative hydrophobic anti-reflective PV coating increases project value through enhanced anti-soiling and durability properties


19. January 2015 | | Comment now

First Solar marks new milestone with 10 GW of installed PV capacity

14,000 gigawatt hours of energy generated per year is sufficient to power Washington, D.C.