OVERVIEW

Natural resources and environmental sustainability are 2 of the 12 national priorities of the Oman Vision 2040. Driven by the vision of His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al Said for the Sultanate to become a leading producer and exporter of green hydrogen, aiming to promote investments, decarbonizing the planet, and inducing the optimal utilization of abundant solar energy resources in the country. His Majesty the Sultan has directed to set up the Directorate of Clean, and Hydrogen Energy under the Ministry of Energy and Minerals.

In the recently concluded Oman Sustainability Week 2022, Oman’s commitment to guiding sustainability was highlighted through innovative strategies in line with the UN sustainable development goals, and promoting Oman as a new model for sustainable development. Aside from the strategic location of the Sultanate, many investors believe that the development in Oman can provide a safe and reliable supply of green fuels globally at a very competitive price.

Strengthening partnership and fast-tracking the implementation of the integrated clean and green energy projects developed through an international consortium as well as bilateral agreements, such as the Omani-British Joint Agreement are few of the strategic steps taken in this direction. The Norwegian Renewable Energy Company, SCATEC and India’s ACME Group for Solar Energy Development, established a joint venture agreement to develop a large-scale green ammonia facility in Oman located within the Duqm Special Economic Zone. These ventures represent not only investing in energy, but also creating and developing infrastructure, supporting the local supply chain, and developing the skills and talent needed to lead the next generation of the energy industry. This is an important step towards achieving Oman Vision 2040, and an opportunity to become a center for low carbon energy, supporting the government’s aim to diversify the economy and boost investment on a large scale.

In view of broadening the usage of renewable energy, this conference will serve as the main impetus for the transition towards renewable energy awareness, use of environment-friendly technologies, local and international initiatives on renewable energy deployment, and strategic programs through the concerted initiatives by academic managers, researchers, energy industry experts, and technology suppliers.

Aims

To encourage collaboration between academe and industry stakeholders in the advancement of research, which focuses on sustainable energy supplies, environmental protection, and preservation of natural resources, and Omani culture. 

This conference has the following objectives:

  • To invest in the research of renewable energy innovations, which will have a positive impact on the nation’s economic development.
  • To promote engagement of local and international experts in the advancement of qualified knowledge and enhancement of specialized competencies in the field of sustainable energies.
  • To prioritize the preservation of Oman’s environment, natural resources and culture beyond the economic benefits derived from technological innovations.

Important Dates

  • Last Date of Abstract Submission –  December 7, 2022
  • Last Date of Abstract Acceptance – December 20, 2022
  • Last Date of Paper Submission – January 25, 2023
  • Conference Date: February 15-16, 2023

EVENT SCHEDULE

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TIME ACTIVITY
8:00 – 9:00 AM Registration
9:00- 9:05 AM Opening Ceremony
9:05-9:20 AM Message from the VC
His Excellency the Vice-Chancellor of UTAS
9:20-9:30 AM Speech from the Strategic Partner
9:30 – 10:00 AM Keynote Speaker 1
Prof. Khalifa Al-Jabri, SQU
10:00-10:30 AM Keynote Speaker 2
Dr. Sausan Said Marhoon Al-Riyami, GUTech
10:30 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00-1:00 PM All Sessions
Parallel Sessions
1:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:30 PM All Sessions
Parallel Sessions
TIME ACTIVITY
8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 9:00 AM Keynote Speaker 3
Dr. Yahya Obaid Al Shamsi, UTAS
9:00-9:30 AM Keynote Speaker 4
Ms. Helen Hill, MEA
9:30-10:00 AM Break
10:00-12:00 PM All Sessions
Parallel Sessions
12:00-1:00 PM Awarding and Closing Ceremony

OMANI ACHIEVEMENTS

Sultan Qaboos University Hybrid Power Plant

The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has established a hybrid power plant at the Sustainable Energy Research Center on an experimental basis. First began in 2017 with 4 kW ground mounted PV combined with 3 kW wind turbine with a battery power capacity of 900 Wh. Research is in progress to synchronize with SQU network.

Tanweer Renewable Energy Project Sites

Dhofar Wind Power Plant

The Dhofar wind farm was the first industrial-scale wind farm in the Middle East, representing an important milestone in the development of this technology both in the country and in the Middle East region by encouraging other projects for the future development of wind energy in this part of the world. The project comprises 13 wind turbines developed by GE, each with an electricity generation capacity of 3.8MW. The turbines represent the latest development in GE’s wind turbine platform, increasing both annual energy production and flexibility in operation. (MASDAR,2022)

Ibri Solar Power Plant

Carbon-free electricity will shortly begin flowing from Oman’s first commercial-scale solar PV-based renewable energy project currently under commissioning in Ibri in Al Dhahirah Governorate. At full capacity, the Ibri project can power an estimated 33,000 homes and offset 340,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. (CONRAD,2021)

ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS