March 22, 2016

Harvesting Solar Energy Highlighted at ARC’16

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The Energy and Environment session took place as part of Qatar Foundation’s Research and Development (QF R&D) Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16). The discussion focussed on water and energy security, two of the nation’s Research Grand Challenges stipulated in the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS).
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The session began with an overview of Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute’s (QEERI) water security, energy security and environmental security projects. In addition, the various means of creating solar-powered energy, its influence on major developments in Qatar, and the use of material science to solve energy-environmental issues, were explored in detail.

Overall, the projects explore new ideas, and open avenues of research, which have the potential for advancing QEERI’s Grand Challenge projects and of attracting external funding and strategic partnerships.

The panel discussion, entitled ‘Materials for Solar Energy Harvesting and Photovoltaic (PV) Technologies’, featured presentations from industry experts Dr Khalid Al-Subai, QEERI, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU); Professor Sukekatsu Ushioda, National Institute for Material Science (NIMS), Japan; Professor David Mitzi, Duke University, USA; and Professor Jörg Bagdahn, Fraunhofer CSP, Germany. The session was moderated by Dr Said Ahzi, QEERI.

The Annual Research Conference has served as QF R&D’s flagship event since 2010, providing a unique platform for knowledge-sharing and collaboration between Qatar’s brightest scientific minds and leading international researchers as they work to tackle the nation’s Research Grand Challenges.

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