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Photovoltaics workshop

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

Early career researchers workshop

18-20 July 2016, London South Bank University, London, UK

Renewable energy has become a strategic objective for Egypt as an alternative source for electricity. Among different renewable energy sources, wind and solar energy 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 (Photovoltaics (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, the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF-Egypt) and London South Bank University (LSBU) supported a three-day workshop focused on PV under the British Council Researcher Links programme. The workshop was held at LSBU

The workshop brought 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 included 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 was 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 consisted of topical lectures by eminent senior scientists on topics related to PV fabrication, simulation and implementation at both cell and module level. The workshop was divided into different types of sessions and activities covering a wide range of topics and orientations. These included 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 were highlighted with emphasis on immediate and short term actions towards the establishment of collaborative teams. Useful information regarding funding sources was proas 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


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, 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, 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. 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.