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Battery storage – a key resource in the MEA energy transition

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Solar and other renewable energy sources are rapidly growing their share in the energy mix all over the world. And as this grows, so too does the importance of energy storage in balancing the intermittent output of solar and wind and ensuring electricity is available wherever its needed. In this pv magazine Webinar, we’ll focus in on the role of storage across the Middle East and Africa regions, where we not only see batteries being deployed to support regional grids, but to provide backup power to commercial operations, form microgrids, and firm up the supply to off grid and rural electrification projects.


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Presentation of Mohamed Saady Dweik

Battery storage – a key resource in the MEA energy transition

Solar and energy storage go hand in hand. When it comes to deployments, however, solar has gained something of a head start over storage technologies – since batteries were less essential at the initial lower levels of solar and wind installed, and their prices still have a way to go to match the reductions achieved in solar manufacturing in recent years.

Today though, the energy transition has reached a point where the need for storage can no longer be glossed over, and battery installations are expected to see a worldwide boom over the next five years and beyond. While there are certainly other storage technologies in play, the bulk of these installations will be lithium-ion batteries – and these will be required to a versatile set of roles across different regions and market segments.

In the Middle East, for example, some of the world’s largest solar project have been installed, rapidly changing the makeup of regional grids and creating a need for storage to provide balance and response. And in parts of Africa, we see batteries being deployed as the central piece in energy systems serving remote regions with little or no grid coverage, and to provide backup power to businesses worried about a weak grid. These two regions will be the focus of this pv magazine Webinar.

First off, we’ll hear from Jules Smeets, Team Lead for Energy Storage Middle East & Africa at DNV, about the growing prospects for energy storage in these regions and some of the projects the energy consultancy has already worked on. Following on from this, we’ll hear from JinkoSolar – our partner in producing this webinar, and who you may know as a major manufacturer of PV modules – about the company’s expansion into energy storage technology. Mohamed Saady, Technical Service Manager for the Middle East region at JinkoSolar will treat us to a look at the company’s new energy storage solution, now being introduced to markets in the MEA region and beyond.

pv magazine Webinar content:

  • Energy storage markets in the Middle East and Africa
  • Outlook to 2025
  • Opportunities and challenges
  • A look at JinkoSolar’s battery solution
  • Q&A

Questions can be submitted beforehand or during the webinar through a chat window. Mark Hutchins, editor at pv magazine, will be the moderator of this webinar.

Registration for this pv magazine Webinar is free of charge.


Mohamed Saady Dweik | Technical Services Manager – MEA, Jinko Solar

Mohammed has worked more than 10 years in the Middle East in power and energy fields, he was involved in technical support, project management and business development for many countries in the region.Mohammed has bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s in renewable energy engineering from, he is also certified solar professional and project manager.


Mark Hutchins | Magazine Director, pv magazine

Mark Hutchins joined pv magazine as production editor for our monthly global title in September 2016. He also reports on upstream technology and markets, and new and emerging solar regions for both print and online. Mark has experience in copywriting, music journalism and the fast-paced world of startups.

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