Khalifa University's Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute to showcase research innovations at 24th world energy congress in Abu Dhabi

Senior Vice President for Research to Lead Knowledge Exchange at Panel Discussions and Special Interviews on Energy

Khalifa University's Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute to showcase research innovations at 24th world energy congress in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi-UAE: Khalifa University of Science and Technology, a research university dedicated to the advancement of learning through the discovery and application of knowledge, represented by two of its research institutes – Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute – showcases energy-related research innovations at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.

Held from 9-12 September at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), the congress is being organized by the Global Energy Association, a non-governmental organization with the theme ‘Energy for Prosperity’. The tri-annual event usually receives more than 15,000 attendees from the UAE and overseas, including 4,000 delegates and 66 ministers.

Dr Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice-President, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “Our gas and clean energy-related research innovations being displayed at the World Energy Congress by Masdar Institute and the Petroleum Institute signify the degree of our involvement in ushering in not only the cutting-edge solutions in energy but also our commitment to scientific exploration. We are also sharing our expertise at panel discussions covering new clean energy technologies and the future of the energy industry. We believe our participation sheds light on the research achievements, thus effectively informing stakeholders in the academic, research and industry sectors looking for research collaborations with Khalifa University.”

The Khalifa University pavilion (Stand No. H7-210) displays some of Masdar Institute’s cutting-edge research projects such as the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium’s (SBRC) Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS), projects linked to the Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP), the Renewable Energy Management System with Saudi Arabia developed by the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA), and the rainfall enhancement project with novel cloud seeding material developed by a faculty. A research project from the Petroleum Institute – a real time device that detects the presence of black powder in Abu Dhabi’s gas transmission and distribution pipelines – is also be on display. Faculty and students are on hand to interact with visitors, offering information on the latest research projects and how their outcome impact communities across the world.

During the event, Dr Steve Griffiths, Senior Vice-President for Research and Development, Khalifa University, shared his thoughts at a panel discussion titled ‘Mission possible: The Global Energy Prize as a driver for sustainable energy for all’. Additionally, Dr Griffiths spoke about ‘The Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution Within the Energy Sector’ covering areas including cyber-protection, changes of the working process, new skills, future shift towards electricity, impact of artificial intelligence on the sphere of energy, shift towards renewable energy and potential drawbacks. Dr Griffiths is also the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee member.

During the four days, the Congress also featured more than 30 side events including workshops and roundtables that are hosted by various organizations. One of the notable side events is the Start Up Energy Transition — 100 (SET100), which features the top 100 international start-ups, showcasing the most innovative products and services that address climate change and improve energy efficiency.

The two research institutes – Masdar Institute and Petroleum Institute – continue their legacy of specialized research leadership at Khalifa University, hosting sustainability-focused clean energy research centers, and hydrocarbon production and exploration-focused research centers. The two institutes serve as interdisciplinary research units, contributing to Khalifa University’s long-term strategic priorities through industry collaborations.


About Khalifa University of Science and Technology

The Khalifa University of Science and Technology merges the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research and the Petroleum Institute into one world-class, research-intensive institution, producing world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering. The Khalifa University of Science and Technology endeavors to be a catalyst to the growth of Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s rapidly developing knowledge economy as an education destination of choice and a global leader among research intensive universities.

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