The experts' Workshop on the “Challenges of Integrating RES in the Grid” was successfully carried out in Riyadh – Saudi Arabia (Novotel al Aloud) on March 14, 2012. The Workshop organised by the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network in cooperation with the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology - KACST, primarily aimed at presenting the challenges and potential solutions for increasing the supply of renewable electricity and its distribution through either centralised or decentralised networks, including micro-grids.
More than 35 high level experts participated, shared their experiences and engaged in fruitful discussions on best practices of different renewable technologies and grid development models, allowing learning and forward planning for collaboration. Participants included distinguished experts from KACST, KAUST, KA CARE, KAPSARC, GCC Interconnection Authority, KSU, Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority - KSA, Regulation and Supervision Bureau - AD, Regulatory Energy Authority - Greece, Saudi Electricity company, IRENA, TRANSCO, ESB Ireland, POYRY, ADWEC, Saudi Aramco, TRACTEBEL Engineering, etc.
Mr Efthymios Costopoulos, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation in KSA in his opening address stressed the importance that the EU gives in the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network as an important mechanism for strengthening EU-GCC co-operation, specifically in clean energy, an area of great interest for both regions.
Dr. Sulaiman Al Mayman, from KACST, GCC Consortium Partner in KSA and Prof. John Psarras from ICCS-NTUA, EU Consortium leader, during the opening session, invited the participants to contribute in the activities of the Network and to work together on specific topics of common interest through the Network tools and collaboration mechanism.
Participants throughout the event confirmed their interest and commitment for achieving concrete results through such discussion group meetings and agreed to support common work within the Interconnections Discussion Group of the Network.
The Workshop was carried out in three working sessions, addressing technical, regulatory and market & economic aspects of RES integration in the Grid.