The fifth edition of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 16-19, will see over 44 new products launched in the Middle East by exhibitors from 33 countries, organizers Reed Exhibitions announce today.
The Summit has already confirmed attendees from over 120 countries, and expects the representation of nationalities to reach 140. Further demonstrating the summit’s growing global profile, attendance at WFES 2012 will be led by the GCC, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.
The exhibition will see industry leaders in energy efficiency, solar, wind, water and waste management showcasing over 2,000 products. Key exhibitors include Siemens, Schneider Electric, ADNOC, ExxonMobil, Trina Solar, Sharp, Suntech, Yingli, GE, Fuhrlander, Total, Isofoton and Shell.
“The response we have received from exhibitors and delegates at WFES 2012 is a validation of the growing acceptance of WFES as the leading summit of its kind, dedicated to the global renewable energy industry,” said Naji El Haddad, Exhibitions Director of WFES 2012. “As with every previous edition, we are confident of delivering a summit that will be uniquely beneficial, offering unique insights to all stakeholders.”
The summit also includes the Project Village, a unique initiative from WFES dedicated to upcoming renewable energy projects. Now in its second year, the platform will see the participation of around 25 projects with a combined value of more than US$4 billion.
WFES 2012 will also see the introduction of Innovate @ WFES to the WFES feature portfolio. Innovate @ WFES will act as a hub for start-up cleantech companies developing new technologies/services in the clean energy and environment industry.
Additionally, ExxonMobil will demonstrate innovation in technologies to improve environmental performance in energy use at its exhibit titled ExxonMobil Energy Outlook Forum. The exhibit will showcase the company’s approach to accelerating gains in energy efficiency, expanding commercially viable energy sources and developing of technologies to mitigate the growth of emissions associated with energy use.
El Haddad added: “Renewable energy is increasingly entering the mainstream, and renewable sources accounted for 18 per cent of total global electricity generation in 2006, according to the International Energy Agency. By 2030, this share is set to reach 23 per cent while the European Renewable Energy Council expects a 50 per cent share by 2050. These trends point towards the fact that renewable energy is steadily evolving into a viable option in terms of cost, efficiency and emissions. With its ability to engage both industry and political leaders across the world, WFES 2012 serves as the ideal platform to discuss these opportunities and challenges of tomorrow today.”
WFES 2012 is held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and hosted by Masdar. Over 26,000 attendees, including 3,000 delegates, 650 exhibiting companies, and 20 national pavilions, are expected to participate at WFES 2012.