Saudi Arabia International Symposium on Progress in Solar Energy Applications
3 – 4 Feb 2019, KAU, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Under the auspices of the King Salam Chair for Energy Research (KSCER) at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, academics from KAU and the University of Southampton, Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD) and the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) participated in an International Symposium under the title Progress in Solar Energy Applications, which was hosted by KAU and UoS and opened by the President of the KAU, Prof Abdulrahman Alyoubi and KSCER’s Dr Abdulsalam Alghamdi.
The Symposium is organized by KSCER to showcases research areas in solar energy and aims to highlight the challenges and opportunities in solar energy with relevance to Saudi Arabia. Prof AbuBakr Bahaj KSCER Chair and Head of ECCD/SERG delivered the keynote address entitled “Sustainable Energy across Scales”.

Prof Patrick James delivered presentations on solar PV technologies in the built environment (BIPV) and large scale PV arrays.

In the second day of the symposium, a training workshop on BIPV design – system integration and expected performance and Solar PV design in building applications was conducted by the ECCD/SERG team led by Prof James, Prof Bahaj, Dr Luke Blunden and Dr Phil Wu. Over fifty academics and research students from across Saudi Arabia attended the training workshop. The teams from KAU and UoS plan to repeat these activities in the future.

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