MEE defines major forces disrupting global power sector

Middle East Electricity 2019 set for energising boost with new MENA PowerThe Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2019, the leading international trade event for the power industry in the region, is being held in Dubai with the first IoT lighting conference, innovative product launches and CPD accredited workshops

The 44th edition of the MEE 2019 is taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre and will run until 7 March.

Attracting thousands of visitors, the show hosts more than 1600 exhibitors, representing more than 130 nations and 23 country pavilions.

Claudia Konieczna, exhibition director of Informa Industrial Group, said, “From smart grids to bifacial solar panels and everything from generation to transmission, distribution and all touch points in between that are re-energising and recalibrating a sector on the tipping point of total transformation - MEE 2019 has it all.”

“The industry is focused on discovering new business practices and technologies to address pressing issues of rising power demand, the need to control critical power costs and hasten the adoption of renewables to progress more sustainable business models. Every aspect of the changing scenario is being explored at the exhibition and throughout its expansive knowledge programme - the outputs will be agenda-setting for the industry’s future,” she added.

This year’s programme is boosted by the opening day conference on IoT lighting, when experts from the Middle East, South America, Europe, India and the US examined the possible advances from leveraging IoT in the lighting sector and its ability to transform lifestyles.

Smart street lighting emerges as a vital theme with speakers predicting widespread impacts for the MENA region, as the role of lighting evolves from simply illuminating roads to providing social, environmental and operational cost benefits.

Michael Rahaim, Principal Investigator, UCaN Lab, University of Massachusetts, Boston, commented, “IoT is changing the way we think of adaptive lighting and the industry is primed to benefit from the growing number of smart devices in dense indoor spaces.”

The comprehensive MEE knowledge programme, which offers up to 94 hours of free educational events, includes a diverse range of professional education and training opportunities where attendees can learn about the latest technologies at exhibitor-led technical seminars and advance professionally with CPD accredited conferences.

Additional conferences include Intersolar, electrical energy storage and the two-day ‘Revolutionising Power Generation’ agenda. Speakers from 10 countries are lined up for the highlight power generation platform, which focuses on the operation and maintenance of large-scale utilities as well as independent power producers.

The conference will also feature case studies from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon and Ghana, as well as the unveiling of new research on preventative maintenance for international combustion engines using AI and big data.

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