Prof. Dr. Fuad Ahmed Abulfotuh

Prof. Abulfotuh is Emeritus Professor at the Institute Of Post-Graduate Studies and Research (IGSR), Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt, President of International Energy Foundation (IEF), North African Regional Headquarter, Technology Development Consultant at American Sustainable Energy Corporation (ASEC), Chandler, Arizona, USA.

Prof. Abulfotuh employment history:

-1999-2008: Director The Middle-East Center for Energy &Environmental Technologies (MCEET), Arab Academy for Science & Technology, Arab League, Alexandria, Egypt--.

1983 – 1999: Senior Scientist, National Center for Photovoltaic, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), US department of Energy.

1977- 1983: Professor, Faculty of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt.

Ph.D. 1972, Applied Solid State Engineering Physics from   Reading University (UK) and Cairo University in the field of Charge Transfer Solid State Devices.

Prof Abulfotuh Professional Activities Involved in more than 40 major projects and R&D activities during the past 25 years only. More than 110 papers have been published, covering a wide range of technical issues related to Photovoltaic (PV) technology development and application, material science, solid state devices (Solar Cells), measurements and characterizations of semiconductor materials and devices, energy efficiency, and conservation, Photovoltaic systems, materials and devices (fabrication, engineering and Application), and solar cooling and air-conditioning,

He also provided technical support and technology transfer to several industrial organizations to establish Si solar cells manufacturing facilities,

In addition to renewable energy and energy management project development and systems design.

He Organized and chaired 9 international conferences since 1995 and 2007 held in the Middle East, Developed several training courses and workshops in the field of PV solar cell manufacturing and system design and application.

Presentation Title :Keynote Speech onSolar Energy Technologies: "Status, Advances, and Prospects in the Middle East"


The sun provides earth with clean, renewable, and abundant energy enough to sustain all aspects of economic development and to ensure prosperity of earth’s inhabitant if utilized efficiently. The two leading methods currently employed to generate electric energy from solar energy are photovoltaic (PV) technologies and concentrated solar power (CSP). PV systems (concentrated and flat plate) convert solar radiation directly into electric energy. On the other hand CSP systems, which is considered indirect method, collect solar heat and convert it into mechanical energy then to electric energy.

In this presentation the operation of the two technologies will be explained and compared. The technical and economic status and advancement will be discussed. Additionally, issues related opportunities and barriers to large-scale deployment of solar technologies (PV and CSP) would be presented.