Energy for development in Mauritania: culture, political and behavioral challenges

Tamer Khatib, Ph.D, | May 23, 2017 | 03.00 p.m.| Lakeside Labs, B4.1.114

Abstract

In late 2016, Tamer Khatib has led the energy mission of the Islamic Bank for Development to Mauritania. The mission aimed to learn about energy status in the country and draft a road map for energy development project. The mission was supposed to collaborate with the Mauritania government in the capital Nouakchott. However, the mission has faced many challenges in having this collaboration on ground due to faults done by the mission at the beginning in terms of communication and presentation. In this lecture Tamer will share the experience of working in Africa in the field of energy development including official communication, culture barriers and other political issues.

Bio

TamerTamer is a photovoltaic power systems professional. He holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical power systems from An-Najah National University, Palestine as well as a M.Sc. degree and a Ph.D degree in photovoltaic power systems from National University of Malaysia, Malaysia. In addition he holds Habilitation (the highest academic degree in German speaking countries) in Renewable and sustainable energy from Alpen Adria Universitat, Klagenfurt, Austria.
Currently he is an Assistant professor of renewable energy at An-Najah National University and IEEE Palestine sub-section chair. In addition he is a Privatdozent in Renewable Energy at Alpen Adria Universitat, Klagenfurt, Austria.
So far, he has 2 patents, 3 books and 100 research articles, while  his current h-index is 23. He has supervised 4 Ph.D researches, 8 master researches and 35 bachelor researches.
He is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE Power and Energy Society, The International Solar Energy society, Jordanian Engineers Association, Palestinian Solar and Sustainable Energy Association and International Association of Engineers.
His research interests mainly fall in the scope of photovoltaic systems and solar energy fundamentals. These interests include PV systems design and optimization, modeling and control of PV systems, hybrid PV/Wind systems, hybrid PV/diesel systems, Grid connected PV systems, sun trackers, MPPT technology, inverters in PV system, solar chargers, batteries and charge controllers, solar energy fundamentals, solar energy prediction, AI applications for solar energy and PV systems, wind power systems, wind chargers, wind energy modeling and prediction.

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