Germany’s formidable prowess as a renewable energy powerhouse was showcased at a symposium held at the Grand Hyatt Muscat recently.
The daylong event was organised by the German Industry and Commerce Office (AHK) Oman with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and the German consultancy group BC Berlin-Consult GmbH.
In welcome remarks, German Ambassador Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz urged the Sultanate to make the most of Germany’s experience in diversifying away from commercially valuable fossil-fuel as a source of electricity generation to renewables resources like solar and wind energy for its electricity needs.
Such a step-change needs to be underpinned by a regulatory framework, as well as a political decision to move away from market-distorting subsidies, the Ambassador noted, adding that Germany’s CleanTech Group — an alliance of renewable energy industry players — would assist the Sultanate in coming up with innovations solutions to making this important transition.
Senior executives representing members of the German CleanTech Group were in attendance at the symposium titled ‘Energy Solutions — Made in Germany’. Together, they specialise in offering end-to-end renewable energy solutions across the following technologies: photovoltaic, wind, solar thermal, cooling technologies, storage systems, biomass, waste-to-energy, and hybrid systems.