Noara Kebir is Co-Founder and CEO of the MicroEnergy International Group (MEI).
Her professional background is in mechanics, energy and process engineering. Noara started her professional career at Siemens Corporation, after which she co-founded the MEI Group in 2001.
MEI Group's core mission is conceptualizing, developing and implementing technical and socioeconomic strategies for a Bottom-Up Energy Transformation, through different vehicles: the academic think-tank Microenergy Research Systems is leading the scientific discourse with academic institutions across the world; MicroEnergy Consult consists of a multi- and trans-disciplinary team of experts specialized in assessing market potential, leading feasibility studies and supporting different stakeholders in linking financial inclusion with energy inclusion for the ultimate achievement of SDG 7. In the innovation lab ME SOLdesign, engineers design open source soft- and hardware for a Global Energy Transformation, which are then incubated into business models in the ME Venture Builder. Visit ME SOLshare's website to learn more about how this looks in practice!
ME SOLshare was recently awarded UN DESA's Powering the Future We Want Award, Elsevier's Renewable Transformation Challenge, the Start Up Energy Transition Award and the Momentum of Change Award at COP22 in Marakesh. MicroEnergy International and its microfinance partners in Ethiopia recently won the Energy Globe Award Ethiopia and the Best Climate Practice Award. In February 2018, MicroEnergy International received the IKU Innovation Award.
Noara is involved in several projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia focusing on the sustainable management of used lead-acid and li-Ion batteries.
02:20 pm - 02:35 pm
Best Practice: On-Grid Goes Off-Grid with a Focus on Innovative Batteries, New Technologies, And Lighthouse Projects
PV is developing very fast. Efficiency has been going up as cost have been going down. Many applications are now competitive with grid supply and other forms of electricity supply. While in the past, off-grid users strived to become connected to the grid, we are now seeing the opposite happening. There is a grey zone between on-grid and off-grid products, and they are becoming established. Electrification strategies and outlooks are being adapted, which reflects the potential of interconnected off-grid systems. In this session, examples of such products and systems will be presented along with innovative electrification approaches.