world future energy summit 2013

Abu Dhabi, Jan 15-17

The World Future Energy Summit is an annual event, hosted by Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

It is among the largest and most influential gatherings of energy companies and professionals in the world with a core focus on sustainability and the future of energy. In 2013, the conference will also take a close look at water and the “water energy nexus“.

Additionally, we’ll be attending the Zayed Future Energy Prize ceremony Tuesday night. The prize, in its 5th year, honors the rock solid efforts of sustainability champions, companies, and entrepreneurs worldwide to the tune of $4 million annually. This year’s finalists can be seen here. There’s nothing symbolic about the efforts the prize will be honoring, regardless of the winner.

Follow along this week for all of the above as well as some exclusive interviews.

Travel expenses to Abu Dhabi were provided by Masdar.

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Shams One: Masdar’s Concentrated Solar Power Project

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Water Optimization Emerges as Prominent Theme at World Future Energy Summit

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Interview: Jacob Fontijne of DNV KEMA on Energy Efficiency

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Abu Dhabi’s Promise of a Bright Energy Future

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Interview: Nawal Al-Hosany, Dir Sustainability for Masdar

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Solutions at the Confluence of Energy and Water

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A View From The Field: Addressing The Water-Energy-Poverty Nexus

Much of today’s conversation addressing the increasingly important connection between water and energy is focused on solutions applicable to urban centers and developed nations. ​But…
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The Water-Energy Nexus in a Climate-Changed World

Climate is the third component of the water-energy nexus. No discussion on managing the energy-water nexus for a sustainable future is complete with…
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Energy And Water Nexus

This energy-water crisis relates to nearly all of the present and future environmental problems confronting our planet – from climate change to fossil…