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More than $15bn investments announced during WFES 2018

More than $15bn worth of projects and funding was announced at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and its co-located events in Abu Dhabi this month

Presentation in the new Dialogue Hall at WFES 2018.
Presentation in the new Dialogue Hall at WFES 2018.

More than $15bn worth of projects and funding was announced at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and its co-located events in Abu Dhabi this month.

Taking place from 15 – 18 January, the Masdar-hosted event saw a combined number of local, regional, and international agreements for the advancement of renewable energy and clean technology in the UAE.

The event established a new direction for the energy ecosystem, bringing together global and industry leaders and policy makers to shape the transformation of the sector.

More than 100 start-ups participated in WFES 2018, where more than 10,000 pre-arranged business meetings were held.

Exhibiting companies and a total of 18 national pavilions showcased some of the world’s latest and most advanced technologies, which are expected to play an integral part in the future of the energy industry.

Naji El Haddad, group event director for the Middle East at Reed Exhibitions, said: “As a business-first event that provides a global platform for all those involved in the energy sector, the World Future Energy Summit 2018 has proven one of the most successful editions to date. The figures speak for themselves and have exceeded all expectations.”

During the event, the International Solar Alliance hosted its first-ever gathering in Abu Dhabi, and signed a letter of intent with YES Bank for its first financing commitment of up to $5bn by 2030.

The organization also signed nine solar projects across five ISA member countries, including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, India and Spain.

Saudi Arabia announced its intention to launch up to $7bn worth of renewable energy projects in 2018, as part of the country’s plan to have 9.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind capacity installed by 2023.

The majority of the funding is expected to be spent on solar plants, with four (GW) of solar energy projects to be contracted throughout the year.

“These business successes were bolstered by new additions, including the Climate Innovations Exchange, pairing cleantech innovators with international investors,” El Haddad added.

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