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Solar Conference

Second International Conference on Solar Energy Solutions for Electricity and Water Supply in Rural Areas

Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)
The American University in Cairo

October 12 - 15, 2016


 Conference registration is now open. Register by September 15, 2016 for a discounted rate. For more information on registration and payment options, follow this link.  



Following the successful first international conference of this series, held at AUC in October 2015, this second conference will take place in October 2016. The conference aims to showcase and discuss promising approaches and applications for different types of renewable energy as sustainable solutions for rural populations with no access to centralized power or water. The focus is on solar electricity and its economic applications for both village electrification and the supply of safe drinking water. In addition to photovoltaic solutions, small wind generators as well as small hydro and biogas systems for heat and electricity generation will be discussed. 

The conference is organized by RISE, the German company AUTARCON, an innovative enterprise focused on renewable energy use in water provision for rural areas, the German solar energy umbrella organization SolarInput, the German company Sustainable Concepts, the German University in Cairo and the TU Berlin in El Gouna.

The first two days of the conference will be held at the Conference and Visitor Center at AUC New Cairo. The third day is a practical day of hands-on workshops organized by renewable energy companies and specialists at RISE. The fourth day is a one-day excursion to renewable energy projects in the vicinity of Cairo. 

Call for Papers 

The conference committee is now inviting abstract submissions for the following sessions, held on October 12 and 13, 2016 at the Conference and Visitor Center at AUC New Cairo:

  1. Implications of rural and urban development agendas for renewable energy and water solutions
  2. Sustainable systems for the supply of safe drinking water
  3. Village electrification systems based on renewable energy
  4. Renewable energies for water pumping, irrigation systems and waste water management
  5. Financing models and payment schemes for electricity and water
  6. Performance and quality assurance of solar systems and water supply

Please submit a 500 word abstract, indicating the session it belongs to and stating whether you prefer a paper or poster presentation, by July 15, 2016 to The abstracts will be reviewed by our international conference committee. If your abstract is accepted, a full paper is due on September 1, 2016. You will be required to hold a 15 minute presentation at the conference if you submit a paper, and a five minute presentation if you submit a poster. The paper presentations will be published in the conference proceedings and the posters will be exhibited throughout the conference.

For any questions, please don't hesitate to email


Conference Workshops

A number of workshops, organized by renewable energy companies and specialists, will be held at RISE on Friday, October 14, 2016.

  1. Sustainable drinking water solutions
  2. Solar energy  basics
  3. Solar energy practical
  4. Solar pumping practical
  5. Renewable energy based greenhouse technologies
  6. Sustainable waste water management

 Registration for these workshops will open in August. 


Conference Excursion

More information about the conference excursion will be posted on this website soon. Registation for the conference excursion will open in August.


Conference Organizers




Sustainable Concepts

The Germany University in Cairo (GUC)

The TU Berlin in El Gouna


Conference Committee

Hubert Aulich, SolarInput/Sustainable Concepts, Germany

Tina Jaskolski, RISE, AUC, Egypt

Richard Tutwiler, RISE, AUC, Egypt

Amir R. Aly, GUC, Egypt

Edward Franklin, University of Arizona, USA

Florian Bauer, TU Berlin El Gouna, Egypt

Carsten Riechelmann, TU Berlin El Gouna, Egypt

Alexander Goldmaier, AUTARCON, Germany

Philipp Otter, AUTARCON, Germany


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