From October 12-15, 2016, The Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) of the American University in Cairo (AUC) is hosting the 2nd International Conference on Solar Energy Solutions for Electricity and Water Supply in Rural Areas at the Conference Center of AUC's New Cairo Campus, Egypt.

Following a very successful first event held last year (Download the Proceedings here), this year's conference again 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 and water supply. 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 and 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 (12-13 Oct.) of the conference will be held at the Conference Center on AUC's New Cairo Campus. The third day (14. Oct.) is a practical day of hands-on workshops organized by renewable energy companies and specialists at RISE, and the fourth day (15. Oct.) is a one-day excursion to renewable energy projects in the vicinity of Cairo.

More information also available in the conference flyer.

Papers & Posters

This email is a call for abstracts related to the following conference sessions:

  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 June 15, 2016 to

Theabstracts 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, the posters will be exhibited throughout the conference.

Visit also the RISE Website for current informations.

Date events
12 October 2016 to 15 October 2016
Cairo, Egypt