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In partnership with the World Future Energy Summit 2017, the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2017 Middle East Solar Awards on 18 January
Hosted at the Aloft hotel in Abu Dhabi, MESIA unveiled the winners of the 2017 Middle East Solar Awards on 18 January, with nine trophies being contested for. Dr Imen Gherboudj, Senior Research Scientist at the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, won the accolade for Woman of the Year for her work on the impact of dust on solar irradiance attenuation and soiling losses on PV panels.
Roof-top solar Project of the Year went to Relyon Solar for their project in Al Jurf Area of Ajman: A rooftop installation with a 600 KVAH storage. It is the first and the largest such installation in UAE commissioned in 2016 which can virtually run the complete manufacturing plant on either solar power and/or battery power.
Array Technology won Solar System innovation of the Year in recognition of their DuraTrack HZ v3 Load Mitigation Technology. By utilizing this load mitigation feature, it presents a self-sufficient power plant technology.
The Solar Entrepreneur of the Year award went to the CEO of Enerwhere: Daniel Zywietz. Daniel created Enerwhere, a Dubai-based solar company providing innovative solar hybrid solutions for the construction, oil and gas, mining, logistics and manufacturing sectors across the Middle East & Africa.
Project of the Year award went to Sterling & Wilson for their 170 MW project in Morocco under Noor PV 1 Program. The evaluation criterions based on which Sterling & Wilson was adjudged winner included, degree of technological innovation, pioneering characteristic, uniqueness, economic, environment and society benefits and proof of innovation, among other factors.
Regional Company of te Year went to ACWA Power for its great and important achievement all over 2016: Noor-1 and Bokpoort (RSA) CSP projects became commercially operational, Noor-2 and Noor-3 CSP projects, and Shuaa PV which are under-construction, Mafraq PV (Jordan) achieved dry financial close and Noor PV1 which has been awarded.
The Solar Energy Picture of the Year went to a picture representing the Steam generation plant at RAM Pharma (Jordan) presented by Martin Haagen, business Development MENA for Industrial Solar.
In conjunction with WFES, the most innovative technology on display went to DAS Energy for its development and production of non-glass photovoltaic modules.
“The MESIA Solar Awards event recognizes the companies and individuals who are instrumental in advancing the cause of solar and renewables in the region. On behalf of the MESIA board and our members, I congratulate these worthy winners and look forward to an even more exciting 2017” said James Stewart, Vice-President of MESIA.
The awards selection was conducted by a panel of 7 judges from around the world. They reviewed and evaluated around 60 applications coming from all over the 5 continents.
This annual gala ceremony, organized by MESIA in conjunction with the 2017 WFES, was attended by over 250 dignitaries, government officials and senior business executives from across the world.