Aim and Scope
In October 2017 the DAAD organised a Solar Energy Exhibition to kick off COSIMENA’s Energy Cluster with a networking event. The high number of exhibited posters and participants reflected the great interest. With this in mind, the DAAD hosted an Energy Efficiency Conference in November.
Energy Cluster Conference on Energy-Efficient Buildings for the Future
12th November 2017
The DAAD Office Cairo, in collaboration with the AHK and the KfW Development Bank, organised the Egyptian-German Energy conference "Energy-Efficient Buildings for the Future" on 12 November at its Zamalek campus. The conference brought together speakers from the financial sector, research and academia, and civil society to examine new possibilities for forging a more energy efficient Egypt.
The Clusters of Scientific Innovation in the Middle East and North Africa (COSIMENA) Energy Cluster conference highlighted the importance of energy efficiency, particularly in the building sector. The welcoming addresses by Rauia Toama of the Science Office at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Cairo, Dr Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Office Cairo, Andreas Hergenröther, CEO of the German-Arab Chamber of Industry & Commerce, and Burkhard Hinz, Director of the KfW office Cairo, reflected the multi-sector focus of the conference and emphasised the pressing environmental and economic need to promote the rational use of energy.
The discussions were organised according to three themes. For the first theme, energy efficiency and building modernisation, Burkhard Hinz explored funding lines for energy efficiency initiatives and Andreas Wanke presented a case study of effective implementation of energy efficiency practices at the Freie Universität Berlin. Next, Dr Wafaa Nadim of the German University in Cairo and Clemens Hott, Sales Director Mashreq at BASF, discussed sustainable buildings in terms of challenges and opportunities for energy efficiency. Then, the founder of the Egyptian Green Building Council, Dr Ayman Mosallam of the University of California, Irvine, discussed governmental policies and the role of civil society organizations in promoting sustainable buildings.
While the thematic presentations focused on broader strategic issues, the afternoon working groups brought together researchers and architects to discuss the latest innovations in sustainable buildings. Wael Moussa of the Technical University of Munich as well as Christoph Banhardt and Prof Thomas Löffler of the Technische Universität Berlin, El Gouna presented their research on energy efficient architecture and on technology that takes into account the Egyptian environment and climate. Dr Adel Beshara, Chairman and Managing Director of Global Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Solutions, and architect Mohammed el Sokkary presented case studies of recently constructed sustainable buildings in Cairo that successfully reduce energy consumption.
The conference closed with a panel discussion with Burkhard Hinz, Prof Michael Eichner of the German University in Cairo, Andreas Hergenröther, and Prof Mohammed Salheen, Director IUSD/IDG, which was moderated by Dr Roman Luckscheiter. The panel reiterated the importance of promoting the efficient use of energy through regulation, financial incentives, and and increased end-user awareness. Through a networking lunch and dinner, attendees had the chance to exchange ideas and form connections, laying the foundation for a bright future for sustainable buildings.
Energy Efficiency and Building Modernization
- Burkhard Hinz
- Andreas Wanke
Sustainable Buildings – Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency
- Assoc Prof Dr Wafaa Nadim
- Clemens Hott
Governmental Policies and the Role of the Egypt Green Building Council
- Prof Ayman Mosallam
Insulation in Arid Regions – Solution or Problem?
- Christoph Banhardt
A Case Study on Buildings Energy Efficient Designs
- Dr Adel Beshara
From Night-Cool to PVT-RESyst – Low cost/low tech cooling and heating systems for Egyptian buildings
- Assoc Prof Thomas Löffler
Summit Energy Efficient Buildings - BIPV as a measure to reduce electricity costs
- Arch Mohamed El Sokkary
COSIMENA Solar Energy Poster Exhibition in collaboration with the German-Arab Chamber
9th October 2017
Following up on the 9th Egyptian-German Renewables Day, which took place on the 8th of October in Cairo, the DAAD Office Cairo hosted 50 scientists and economists during the opening of the Solar Energy Poster Exhibition and Networking Dinner on the evening of Monday, 10 October 2017. Dr Roman Luckscheiter, Director of the DAAD Office Cairo, welcomed the participants and opened the event, which was organised in collaboration with the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce (GACIC).
The Solar Energy Networking Dinner joined a series of previous events hosted under the auspices of the DAAD Cairo and addressing the potential of renewable energy, including the “Rethinking Energy” conference in 2015 as well as the workshop on the study “80 Gigawatts of Change: Egypt’s Future Electricity Pathways” and a one-day workshop presenting the study conducted by the Fraunhofer ISE on Electricity Costs from Renewable Energy Technologies in 2016.
As a result of economic and population growth, the energy demand in the MENA countries will continue to rise in the coming decades. Sunlight as a renewable energy source is available in abundance, but its implementation is only progressing slowly. In order to address this issue, researchers and economists were invited to present their solar energy research and projects in the MENA region. The event turned out to be a remarkable success, emphasising the interface between science and business. Seven scientific posters were presented by the Academy of Scientific Research & Technology, ERANETMED, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany Zeweil City of Science & Technology, Cleantech Arabia, students of the TU Berlin El Gouna and two other researchers from Egyptian universities.
In addition, eight companies were keen to market their energy activities and projects that evening. During the networking dinner, many participants exchanged new ideas for upcoming projects and gave positive feedback about the COSIMENA Solar Energy Poster Exhibition.
|Function||Head of the Unit for Sustainability and Energy Management|
|Institution/Faculty and University||Freie Universität Berlin|
|Research Fields of Interests||Sustainability Management, Energy Efficiency|
|Short Profile||Andreas Wanke worked from 1990-2001 as a political scientist at the Andreas Wanke worked from 1990-2001 as a political scientist at the Environmental Research Centre (Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik) at the Department of Political Sciences of Freie Universität Berlin focusing on consultation projects in the field of energy and environmental management. Since 2001 he has been working as the coordinator for energy and environmental management in the university administration. In that capacity he was e.g. responsible for the development and implementation of annual energy efficiency programs, the establishment of environmental teams in the scientific departments and the design of a university-wide bonus scheme for energy conservation which gives the scientific departments financial incentives to save energy. Since 2015 he is head of the Sustainability and Energy Management Unit, which manages and implements the university’s commitment to sustainability in research, teaching and campus-management. The unit is assigned directly to the Executive Board of Freie Universität Berlin.|
|Function||Research and Teaching Associate|
|Institution/Faculty and University||Energy Engineering, TU Berlin El Gouna|
|Research Fields of Interests||Solar cooling, Air conditioning, Energy efficient building design, photovoltaics, solar thermal, ground heat exchanger, thermal comfort|
|Short Profile||Before joining the Energy Engineering Department Christoph T. I. Banhardt was working as a planning engineer at ZWP Ingenieur-AG, Berlin. His academic career began in early 2012 by joining the subject of building supply technologies in the department of architecture of the UdK Berlin. From there, he switched to the Campus El Gouna of the TU Berlin in late 2012 to accompany the core module “Energy for Buildings” and start his research work on developing solar powered cooling concepts for the MENA-Region.
|Function||Commercial Manager Egypt & Mashreq|
|Short Profile||Curiosity has always been the flame that lead my path. I have followed my curiosity to learn about interesting or potentially useful characteristics of materials, to work across the world in search for diverse cultures and challenging business ideas, and step out of my comfort zone to see what the world has to offer me.
During my early career, I worked in South Africa where I promoted insulation materials and became a founding member of the Expandable Polystyrene Association there. Moreover, I had the opportunity to lead variety of teams from different backgrounds.
During my career at BASF I increased my exposure and experience during several long-term assignments, all focused in Sales and Business Management, in Morocco, South Africa, Turkey, and France, followed by a short-term assignment in Kenya.
Between the various assignments I was working in the region EMEA Emerging markets in the Ludwigshafen based Headquarter and the BASF internal distribution company BTC Europe before I landed my current position of Commercial Manager Egypt & Mashreq in February 2016.
|Prof. Michael J. Eichner|
|Institution/Faculty and University||Department for Architectural Design and Building Technology at the German University in Cairo|
|Research Fields of Interests||Sustainable architecture and urban design, energy-efficient building design, social housing innovation, renewable energy in architecture, environmental friendly buildings, climate changing and urban reconstruction, sustainable building certification|
|Short Profile||Architect and professor in the field of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design. Expert for social housing, sustainable building certification and urban reconstruction, accredited specialist by the German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB. Leading architect of various realized and awarded buildings and social housing districts with focus on social-cultural and environmental quality. Founder of the CEP Center for sustainable building and urban design at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (MGSU). Researching on the complexity of sustainable design strategies, social and ecologic quality requirements for buildings and urban districts, technology innovation and energy-efficiency for environmental and climate friendly living environments. Has teaching experience in EU, Russian and Asian universities with 12 years of professional experience as professor. More than 16 years of international experience as architect in the position of a planning expert, team leader and general project leader on small and large scale architectural and urban design projects. Certified “DGNB consultant” of the German Sustainable Building Council – DGNB and organizer of official qualification courses of the DGNB system in Egypt for graduate students and specialists at the German University in Cairo.|
|Mohamed El Sokkary|
|Function||Founder and COO of SUMMiT for project management and solar energy|
|Institution/Faculty and University||Architecture / MTC (Military Technical College)|
|Research Fields of Interests||BIPV (Building Integrated Photo Voltaic), Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency|
|Short Profile||I am architect Mohamed El-Sokkary, one of two founders and the Chief Operating Officer of Summit.
I entered the field of sustainable energies mainly the solar energy through the door of BIPV (Building Integrated Photovoltaic) which is my passion. I am responsible for leading the architectural integration between solar energy and buildings, in addition to strategic operations and worldwide material sourcing. I bring more than 20 years of architectural engineering experience.
My pride project until now is the BIPV (Building Integrated Photo Voltaic) of the CIB bank head office in the smart village, Cairo which is the first in Egypt and the middle East.
I am looking forward to spreading the BIPV techniques all over Egypt and the MENA region and to help people recognise its advantages and potentials which involve combining architectural, engineering design and economic considerations in the context of the buildings’ total energy consumption consideration.