Saudi Arabia taps German knowhow

Saudi Arabia’s K.A.CARE, which oversees renewable and nuclear energy development, and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), have agreed to work together in diverse fields, including renewable energy research and development as well as testing and training.

The organizations signed a collaboration framework agreement on Jan. 20 at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

“K.A.CARE and Fraunhofer ISE are both interested in developing, supporting and deploying renewable energy technology locally, regionally and around the globe. This strategic collaboration serves both organizations’ goals to develop research capabilities, human capacity and state-of-the art approaches to solving engineering challenges unique to the region of Saudi Arabia,” the organizations said in a joint statement.

“We greatly value the opportunity to work closely with a renowned and respected organization such as Fraunhofer ISE," said Khalid Al-Sulaiman, K.A.CARE’s vice president for renewable energy.

Fraunhofer ISE Director Eicke R. Weber added, "Fraunhofer ISE is looking forward to working with K.A.CARE to develop solar energy capabilities for a very promising market in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region."

Research and development will be carried out in a wide range of areas, including PV and solar thermal technology, energy storage, grid integration and design, water desalination, solar and renewable energy efficient cooling as well as efficient building. Standardized performance and reliability testing and certification will also be a major focus.