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Photovoltaics workshop - Egypt

Early career researchers workshop
Photovoltaics (PV): strategic alternative energy source for Egypt; from cell to grid connected PV arrays

3-8 October 2015 The British University in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

Renewable energy has become a strategic objective for Egypt as an alternative source for electricity. Among different renewable energy sources, wind and solar energy (photovoltaics - PV) are ahead as promising candidates in local as well as in the international market. While wind energy farms started in Egypt a few years ago, solar energy (PV) is in the growth phase. Egypt is considered to be one of the most promising locations for the deployment of PV systems that would generate clean energy not only for local use, but also for possible international markets ( The current worldwide objective is that 25% of electricity generated should be derived from renewable sources by 2025.

As part of the Newton Fund, the British Council and the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF-Egypt) will support a five-day workshop focused on PV under the British Council Researcher Links programme. The workshop will be held at the British University in Egypt (BUE). 

The workshop will bring together early career researchers from the UK and Egypt (supported by experienced researchers) to explore PV-related issues and opportunities and encourage the building of long lasting research collaborations between the two countries.

The workshop will include specialised topics such as PV materials and systems, environmental factors and grid-connected PV arrays, in addition to PV stand-alone units. The impact of using stand-alone units in areas of the country not covered by the grid will be explored as it could be possible to use the generated electricity to start small-scale industrial activities that will improve the quality of life of the vulnerable populations.


The workshop will consist of topical lectures by eminent senior scientists on topics related to PV fabrication, simulation and implementation at both cell and module level. The workshop will be divided into different types of sessions and activities covering a wide range of topics and orientations. These will include oral presentation sessions and poster sessions for the early career researchers as well as open discussion and networking sessions. During the closing session, different outcomes will be highlighted with emphasis on immediate and short term actions towards the establishment of collaborative teams. The British Council in Egypt might also provide some useful information regarding funding sources as well as the know how to establish international collaboration scenarios.

Workshop objectives

  1. Discuss key research topics on PV materials and technologies and the enhancement of PV module efficiency 
  2. Understanding key technological aspects related to PV systems as a 
strategic source of renewable energy 
  3. Quantify environmental factors affecting PV module operation 
  4. Discuss design issues and limitations of grid-connected PV systems 
  5. Explore the potential market for PV in Egypt 
  6. Contribute to the development of early career researchers 
  7. Stimulate research links and collaborations between the early career researchers and 
partner countries


Deadline for application submission 19 June 2015
Notification of acceptance 30 June 2015
Final version of accepted technical materials 13 July 2015
Final Confirmation of attendance 27 July 2015
Announcement of the workshop Programme 3 August 2015


The British Council will cover the costs related to participation in the workshop including travel (both international and local), accommodation and meals. Visa costs will also be covered for UK participants. Applicants will be responsible for their own travel and medical insurance costs. Thirty-four full scholarships will be available for accepted participants from both Egypt and the UK (17 from each country).

Applicants should be early career researchers working in the PV area who have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to the workshop or have research experience in PV equivalent to a PhD holder. Each participant will be required to share their research in oral or poster sessions.

Interested participants must submit: 

  • An application form
  • Up to two page summary of their presentation/poster 
  • Two reference letters 

All documents should be submitted no later than 19 June 2015 to, subject line: PV Workshop Application.

All applications will be assessed by an international selection committee based on the applicant's academic accomplishments, relevance of research activities/experience, motivation to attend the workshop, expected impact of their participation and dissemination of the workshop's outcomes.


Prof. Haricharan S Reehal
School of Engineering
London South Bank University
103 Borough Road
London SE1 0AA
Tel: +44 (0)207 815 7513

Prof. Hani Ghali
Department of Electrical Engineering
British University in Egypt
El Sherouk City - Cairo Suez Desert Road
P.O. Box 43
El-Sherouk, Cairo 11837
Tel: +20 (202) 26890000 ext 1516


Prof. Reehal, London South Bank University (LSBU)
Prof. Reehal is head of the Advanced Materials Group in the School of Engineering. His research is focused on PV materials and devices, particularly thin film silicon, low temperature processing and novel concepts for PV devices including nanowires and plasmonics. His interests include modelling and experimentally studying the performance of PV modules and systems.

Prof. Ghali, The British University in Egypt (BUE)
Prof. Ghali is with the Electrical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering. He is also involved in several research topics related to energy with emphasis on PV; use of Carbon Nanotube for Solar-Energy Harvesting Photovoltaics (PV), Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems and Nanowire-Based Photovoltaic (PV) Devices.


Mentors are experts who will give keynote lectures and also act as mentors to the early career researchers, sharing their experience and knowledge. It is hoped they will remain in contact with the early career researchers after the workshop, in order to share networks and contacts.

Prof. Ralph Gottschalg, Loughborough University, UK
Prof. Gottschalg is the head of the Energy Division in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering and holds the Chair in Applied Photovoltaics (APV). His key research interests are performance relevant effects on PV devices, modules and systems. His work ranges from modelling detailed device physics to the monitoring and quality control of installed systems. Research interests cover automation of measurement processes, meteorology and metrology.

Prof. Hari Upadhyaya, Brunel University, UK
Prof. Upadhyaya is Professor of Solar Energy at the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing where he is establishing large area, in-line pilot fabrication facilities for CIGS solar cells. He is an expert in thin film PV technologies. In addition to CIGS these include Excitonic Solar Cells (Dye Solar Cell (DSC), Perovskite Solar Cells) and Transparent Conducting Oxides (TCOs). His interests include BIPV and battery technology.

Prof. Wagdi Anis, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Prof. Anis is Professor of Electronics. He is an expert in renewable energy systems, PV and electronics. His work is focused on system planning, sizing and implementation for large area PV systems. He also has significant experience in the field of electronics and control which can be used in PV system control and tracking systems.

Prof. Iman El-Mahallawi, Cairo University, Egypt
Prof. El-Mahallawi is currently the Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy (CRE) at the British University in Egypt. Her field of expertise is developing and integrating optimised renewable energy systems for urban housing in Egypt. The Centre is contributing to the teaching and education and research activities in Egypt, energy efficiency in metallic industries, as well as being incorporated in social projects aimed at implementing renewable energy resources for subserviced and rural areas in Egypt.

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