Director, EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network
Frank Wouters has been leading renewable energy projects, transactions, and technology development for over 28 years. He has played a lead role in development of renewable generation projects valued at over $5 billion. These range from small scale PV solar electrification in Uganda to the 100MW Shams I Concentrating Solar Power plant in the UAE, and strategic equity investment in the London Array, the world’s largest offshore wind project.
As deputy director-general of the International Renewable Energy Agency, the first global intergovernmental organization dedicated to all renewables, he managed a US$350 million IRENA/Abu Dhabi Fund for Development project facility for RE. He appraised more than 80 projects a year and recommended projects for funding, including solar PV projects in Africa.
Wouters has served on the board of several energy companies, including Torresol, where he developed three CSP plants, among which the Gemasolar central tower project with molten salt storage.
He currently serves as director of the EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, a platform that aims to foster clean energy partnerships between Europe and the Gulf, he is advising the World Bank on solar energy around the world, he serves as senior director New Energy at Advisian, he is a non-resident fellow of the Payne Institute at Colorado School of Mines, and he is a non-executive board director of Gorestreet Capital, London.
Wouters lives in Abu Dhabi, is married to Vivian and has three children. He has a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Delft University. He is fluent in English, German and Dutch.