DNV GL gets smart in Middle East

DNV GL, the global testing, certification and energy advisory firm, has launched a new initiative to share best practice and expertise in energy storage, efficiency and smart cities in the Middle East.

The newly expanded DNV GL group is attending the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi this week.

With many of the power generation and network assets in the Middle East approaching their half-life, and many of the utilities and other stakeholders wanting to transition from a hydrocarbon based economy to a greener model, the summit is looking at ways to boost clean energy and energy efficiency capabilities in the region.

“As the overwhelming growth in the Middle East’s populations is expected to be concentrated in major urban city developments, an increasing focus is placed upon smart infrastructure and therefore the ‘smart city’ to optimise the management of knowledge, resources and communications for a safer, smarter and greener city,” says David Walker, chief executive officer of DNV GL-Energy.

“The Middle East is leapfrogging and advancing technologically at a very brisk pace. Yet at the same time we are seeing that the region’s natural resources are becoming increasingly constrained and the optimal management of existing and new assets has become essential.

“The Middle East region has huge potential to become a leader in future smart energy systems and I am keen to meet with local businesses to discuss how we can tackle the regional energy demand challenges.”

DNV GL will use the event as a platform to launch its new vision paper, The Fastest Path to Implement Renewables: Distributed Storage, which tackles key issues such as the Middle East grids and operation systems’ ability to absorb large amounts of distributed generation from solar and wind, and how to address network security supply issues.