Guidelines needed for switch to renewable energy

Guidelines needed for switch to renewable energy
Updated 30 November 2012

Guidelines needed for switch to renewable energy

Guidelines needed for switch to renewable energy

Captains of industry in Riyadh need guidelines to help their companies shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
They expressed their needs at the “Renewables made in Germany” exhibition that ended Wednesday in Riyadh.
“If no strong localization policies are adopted, we will be left only with system installation business,” said Basel Abu Sharkh, managing director of IDEA Polysilicon. The company produces semi-finished products for the photovoltaics (PV) industry. PV is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity.
German Ambassador Dieter Haller said: “To penetrate the market with photovoltaics instead of the existing energy system, a political discussion and regulations are mandatory.”
Haller said Monday that Germany was willing to share its expertize on renewable sources of energy, like wind, solar, thermal, hydroelectric power, biogas and geothermal energy.
The Kingdom has superb conditions to switch to using solar energy and create valuable business opportunities and jobs in the region.
Investments in renewable energy could start soon to meet future demands and requirements, Haller said.
“Because of specific climatic conditions here, such as dusty weather and high humidity, especially adopted technical solutions are needed,” he said.
German firms could provide the technology, advise and consultancy to make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.
Top managers at a big local corporation expressed interest in renewable energy that could replace fossil fuels they were currently using. They were investigating the use of renewable sources in their companies.
Harmut Gross, director of sales and marketing at Centrotherm Photovoltaics, said that about 20 local industry leaders and businessmen consulted him on what his company offers on renewable energy.
The exhibition will be held in Dammam on Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and in Jeddah on Dec. 5-7.