Dr. Azizi is a plenary speaker at what is likely to be the world's largest gathering of renewable energy experts. WREC VIII will provide a forum for energy suppliers and consumers, as well as governments, industry, academia and financial institutions to discuss the development of energy sources that are secure, sustainable, accessible and economically viable.
The Congress runs Aug. 29 - Sept. 3, 2004 in downtown Denver.
Afghanistan must find reliable sources of energy to help reconstruction of the war-torn country and to further development, Dr. Azizi says. He and his government are concerned that booming energy needs might strip the country of its precious forests and result in inefficient buildings. Applying energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies will have a huge positive impact on the health and the social and economic well being of Afghans, as well as their environment, he said.
Other notable conference speakers include Stephen Timms, minister of energy for the United Kingdom, Herman Scheer, member of the German parliament and president of Eurosolar; Dominique Lallement, manager of the World Bank's Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme; Wiktor Raldow, head of unit, New and Renewable Energy Sources, European Commission; William Agyemang Bonsu, national coordinator for climate change, Ghana; and Dr. Abdulazia Othman Ahwaijri, director general of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Running concurrently with the Congress, the Energy Technology Expo in the Colorado Convention Center will bring together all branches of the international renewable marketplace
Contact: George Douglas
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory