Message of Prof. Ahmed Ennaoui

Dear participants and guests to the International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IRSEC’18)

Remaining loyal to its tradition comprising innovation and quality, IRSEC18 has closed its successful sixth edition held within three days in the Dawliz Hotel, Rabat. IRSEC18 has confirmed its status as the main conference in our country dedicated to renewable and sustainable energy. The conference brought together policy-makers, stakeholders, researchers, energy experts, professional bodies and representatives from the industries, engineering graduate students, and Moroccan’s Diaspora from all over the world at one platform to interact, discuss, explore, exchange ideas, and establish networking opportunities.

This year, we are extremely fortunate to have the High Patronage of His Majesty The King Mohammed VI, may God glorify him. Furthermore, the conference is organized under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Mediterranean Space of Technology and Innovation (MSTI) with the partnership of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the support of National Higher School of IT (ENSIAS) of Mohammed V University of Rabat, the Faculty of Science-Tetouan under the umbrella of Abdelmalek Essaadi University.

Let me first take this opportunity to sincerely thank His Excellency Mr. Aziz Rabbah, the Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development who has taken time out of his very important schedules to attend the opening ceremony and raised this occasion with his presence. The talks of the minister fall within the framework of energy integration and the importance of research and development the integration of energy networks and markets. I also wish to thank Mr. Jose Benlloch Fernandez, the Mayor of Vila-real City, Spain for attending the conference with his delegation and for sharing his experience with a highlight on the actions of the local Vila-real’s government in serving the sustainable economy based on knowledge and innovation.

Our sincere gratitude goes to our distinguished Scientific Committee that took the time to review all papers and provide authors with valuable feedback. We also express our thanks to the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), which is supporting IRSEC’18 and the technical supports of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). During the opening ceremony, a partnership framework agreement was signed for concerning applied research on energy efficiency in transport, involving 6 signatories: the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the Dairy Cooperative of the North (COLAINORD) and a number of high education institutes: The National School of Mines of Rabat, The National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, and the Faculty of Science and Techniques of Tangier.

IRSEC18 has received 442 submissions from 43 countries and the attendees came from 30 countries: Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom, and United States. This has featured a broad spectrum of high-quality technical presentations. Industrial and academic exhibition was also managed at IRSEC18 where more than 9 stalls were set up namely Jet Energy, Cleanergy, Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Sustainable Development, Faar Industry, Freeray, Farasha, Cluster Solaire, MAScIR.

IRSEC’18 – Exhibition area

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the keynote speakers for sharing their expertise in this conference. I took note with a great interest of their valuable interventions within six interrelated thematic workshops on the latest findings and interesting research, Sciences and Techniques taking place over three days. Morocco has an ambitious target to exceed 50% of electricity generation of renewable energy by 2030, a vision that is moving smoothly to action. IRSEC18 fit pretty well into the Moroccan research priorities to transform the Moroccan energy systems to meet national targets, and advance strategies, decreasing the global emissions and improving the energy security in the country. The program of the conference is structured into several plenary sessions, workshops, oral and visual presentations and exhibitions.
W1: Prof. Abdelkader Kara, University of Central Florida, USA and Prof. Abdelilah Benyoussef, from Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science, Innovation and Research, Morocco, chaired the Workshop, titled Challenges and opportunities in the electronic properties of two-dimensional materials: when theory meets experiment

W2: Prof. Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland chaired the Workshop 2 titled Excitonic Solar Cells such as perovskites, organic and dye-sensitized solar cells

W3: Prof. Moncef Krarti University of Colorado, USA has chaired a Workshop, titled Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Energy efficiency has been ranked as high priority in this conference and we would like here to thank GIZ for their support to this workshop.

W4: Prof. Susan Schorr, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), Germany and Prof. Ahmed Ennaoui, Chairman of the Scientific Council, IRESEN, Morocco chaired a Workshop on Ternary and multinary compounds: Structure, Devices, Simulation and modeling

W5: Dr. Khalil Amine, distinguished Fellow and manager of the Advanced Lithium Battery Technology program at Argonne National Laboratory, IL, USA together with Prof. Ismael Saadoune from FST, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco chaired an important workshop on Future Battery for e-Mobility & Stationary Storage Applications: Lithium-ion Technology and Beyond

W6: Prof. João A. Peças Lopes, IEEE Follow, Porto University, Portugal chaired a Workshop on Microgrids: the building block of a smart grid. Microgrids play a crucial role for the renewable energy transition and this workshop has discussed many solutions to many of the renewable energy transition challenges to improve the power reliability and quality, and increasing system energy efficiency.

Two additional conferences were added to the program, a talk delivered by Prof. Raymond Adomaitis, from the University of Maryland highlighting the project “reACT or Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology”, was able to win the second place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 Solar Decathlon competition, reACT
A second talk presented by Dr. Vinod Kumar Sharma, ENEA Research Centre, Italy, titled “Status of Biomass Based Power Generation Gasification Technologies”. The technology is potentially sustainable and environmentally friendly when the sustainability, social and environmental aspects are taken into account in the design.

The workshops are supported by four evening tutorials:
T1: TRNSYS which is a simulation program used in the fields of renewable energy engineering and building simulation for passive as well as active solar design. This tutorial was moderated by El Fouih Younness, Director TRUSTED ENERGY Consulting, Morocco

T2: A second tutorial on First-principle design of 2D materials moderated by Dr. Ari Paavo Seitsonen, Research Engineer at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, Prof. Abdelkader Kara, University of Central Florida, USA and Dr. Omar Mounkachi, Faculty of Science, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco.

T3 : An Introduction to Data Analysis using Matlab Tools was moderated by Dr. Hanane HEMI,  head of thin film group at IRESEN,

T4: An introduction to Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies moderated by Prof. Mouad Dahbi, Materials Science and Nano-engineering Department, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco and Dr. Amine Bouibes, Graduate School of Informatics, Nagoya University, Japan

At the closing ceremony, two of the best presentations are awarded, we thanks again the chairs who reviewed the papers and the posters for the awards for all the hard work which is very much appreciated

Again IRSEC’18 has achieved the objective and ultimate goal of putting together senior scientists, university professors, masters and PhD students to discuss problems, brainstorm, and gain new perspectives through hundreds of oral and visual presentations. We appreciate very much the graduate students who have attended this workshop and expressed their thoughts during all sessions, their interest and enthusiasm they have shown is indeed a good sign for the future of renewable energy in our country. We want to thank all the moderators who skillfully guided and evaluate each of the oral and visual presentations. This conference would not have been a success without you. We would like to say, on the behalf of all conference committee, how much we appreciate all of the co-organizers, supporting agencies, sponsors, press media, the staffs of Dawliz-Hotel, Rabat who contributed to the success of IRSEC18. The presence of Moroccan expatriates helped to make this event a great success and their enthusiasm and positive spirit helped to make our time together both productive and fun. We wish to our colleague’s expatriates all the best and hope that they continue to be engaged for the construction of our lovely country. I believe that the conference has been all you are expecting, and I wish you had taken the opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances. Hopefully you had plenty of discussion and exchange, suggestions and opinions with researchers from all over the world.
Each aspect of the event – venue management, social evenings, catering, transportation, and accommodation, to name a few – was awesome, thank goes to our staff for organizing this event and ensuring it ran so smoothly.
Again, let me put on record our tributes to the Minister of Energy Honorable Aziz Rabbah for his encouragement.

I am very pleased to cordially welcome you all to the next Edition IRSEC’19, to be held in Agadir. Stay tuned for upcoming events by visiting our web of IRSEC18.

Agadir, Morocco

Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ennaoui
IEEE, ISES member
Technical Program Committee Chair of IRSEC’18
Chairman of the scientific council of IRESEN
(Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles)

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Special Issue


  • Ministry of Energy, Mines, and  Sustainable Development
  • L'economiste - daily newspaper
  • Energies Environnement Mag
  • Faculty of Science - Rabat
  • Mohammed V University
  • IEEE Morocco Section
  • University of Abdelmalek Essaadi
  • Solar Cluster
  • ISES - International Solar Energy Society
  • emi
  • giz
  • masen

Important dates

Late Submission Deadline October 10, 2018
Notification to authors October 22, 2018
Final version due November 08, 2018
Registration deadline November 08, 2018
IRSEC'18 Conference Dec., 5-8, 2018