Tomorrow sees the start of the fourth World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, an event that has now firmly established itself as the foremost of its kind in the sustainable energy calendar. It will also be my fourth year of involvement with Siemens. And I’m happy to say, I am as excited this time around as I was back in 2008.

There aren’t many events that bring together such a broad range of people involved in shaping the future of our society’s energy landscape. But WFES is one of them. During this challenging time of transition towards a new sustainable electricity age, it’s the sharing of ideas and open exchanges that take place at events like this that can make such a huge difference in accelerating change. And it’s with this spirit of exchange in mind that I’ve decided to blog about my experiences during the congress.

(Editor's note: Siemens is a sponsor of The Energy Collective)

This year I will be running the Siemens’ Xpert Center at our exhibition booth, which will see me both delivering presentations on key sustainable energy topics and introducing a team of other expert presenters on a range of specialist subjects. I’m delighted to say that I’ll also be welcoming several guest expert speakers as part of this program for the first time. This is the third year I will have been running the Siemens expert speaker program here at WFES, and each year the Q&A sessions after each presentation always produce lively discussions between everyone from students, opinion leaders and customers to politicians. It is these kind of open exchanges and debates that make the whole experience very special for me – and also hugely worthwhile in terms of driving development in my own work.

Tomorrow, I will be kicking off the Xpert Center program at the Siemens booth with a short presentation on “Tomorrow is today – intelligent solutions for sustainable development”, which will cover the broad range of technology solutions that are available right now to deliver cleaner, more efficient electricity supplies for the cities of tomorrow. If you are in Abu Dhabi for the Congress, I would love to welcome you to the Xpert Center from 1.00–1.30 pm to share my presentation and take any questions you may have afterwards.

I’ll be back tomorrow to give you my thoughts on the first day at WFES, but in the meantime, I’d also like to open this blog up to you all for your comments and views on WFES 2011. Similarly, if you have any questions for me about the Xpert Center program, please ask away. I’ll do my best to answer them as swiftly as possible!

Until tomorrow …