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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - SOLAR ENERGY

Crown Prince's Court building equipped with solar power

Posted on 05/10/2011

The Gulf International Trading Group has completed installation of PV panels on the roof of the Court of His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in record time with highest quality standards in terms of engineering design and production of energy. This comes under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company "Masdar" and the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA). Chairman of the Gulf Group, Khalid Mohamed Ibrahim Al Midfa, said that in accordance with the directives of ...  >>MORE

Solar power to light up parks in Dubai soon

Posted on 28/09/2011

All parks across Dubai will soon use solar powered lighting systems, Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality told Gulf News. "All lights in our parks will be solar. We have already started implementing it and gradually will cover all the parks," he said. "This is one of our many initiatives towards sustainable development. We are focusing on measures that help reduce consumption of power through natural resources." Lootah was speaking to Gulf News on the sidelines of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Municipality initiates Phase III of Power Management Project using solar energy

Posted on 26/05/2011

The Municipality of Abu Dhabi City, yesterday initiated the production of electricity from solar energy at a rate of 100 KW/H at the Municipality's Head Office at Al Salam Street. The project is part of a 3-phase integrated program of power management and production using environment-friendly methods in keeping with the Municipality's overall strategy aiming to rationalise electricity consumption and enhance sustainability standards in all municipal buildings. Phase I of the Integrated Power ...  >>MORE

RAK’s solar islands could power emirate

Posted on 13/09/2010

A series of floating, rotating solar islands off the coast of RAK could be the solution to the emirate's energy woes. Heat generated from the solar panels creates steam in an underwater tank, piped to a turbine on shore. A prototype is in the testing phase and statistical results are expected in two years, with real-world applications coming afterwards. A small solar island with a diameter of 88 metres, like the prototype being tested in the RAK desert, can produce up to 1 megawatt (MW) ...  >>MORE

UAE's Masdar partners with Total and Abengoa Solar to build world's largest CSP plant in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/06/2010

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions, has appointed the bidding consortium of Total and Abengoa Solar as a partner to own, build and operate Shams 1, the world's largest concentrated solar power plant and the first of its kind in the Middle East. One of Masdar's flagship projects, Shams 1 will directly contribute towards Abu Dhabi's target of achieving 7% ...  >>MORE

UAE capital seeks 1,500MW of renewable power

Posted on 10/06/2010

Abu Dhabi is considering a proposal to use solar-energy equipment on rooftops in the city to generate about 500MW of power, the executive director at the city's Executive Affairs Authority said yesterday. The capital also aims to generate 1,500MW of electricity, or seven per cent of total demand, from renewable energy sources by 2020, the official, David Scott, said in an interview yesterday. The rooftops of major warehouses could be used, he said. – Emirates Business 24|7 ...  >>MORE

World's tallest tower goes solar saving

Posted on 05/04/2010

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is tapping solar power for meeting a bulk of the water heating requirements of residents. A perfect complement to the sustainable development initiatives spearheaded by the UAE, Burj Khalifa uses solar panels to heat 140,000 litres of water every day, which will be distributed to homes and commercial entities within the tower. The solar powered water brings energy savings equivalent to 3,200 kilo watts per day and 690MWh of energy per annum. "The ...  >>MORE

UAE national rolls out world's first solar wheelchair

Posted on 25/01/2010

When UAE national Haidar Talib Erabeh invented what could be the world's first solar wheelchair, he was not thinking of profit or fame. His main concern was how to help the handicapped, for the man himself is disabled. Dozens of curious people saw the wheelchair that was displayed at last week's World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. What attracted their attention were neither the seat nor the wheels but the massive panels hanging overhead and overshadowing the chair. Some of them mistook ...  >>MORE

Masdar’s new slant on solar energy

Posted on 17/01/2010

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Government's clean energy firm, is testing a new type of solar technology that could cut costs and "revolutionise” the industry, the company's chief executive said yesterday. A small pilot plant has been completed at the site of Masdar City, the carbon-neutral development on the outskirts of the capital, and is already operating under researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. If advertised efficiency improvements pan out, the technology could be ...  >>MORE

ENPARK and DIAC install solar tracker

Posted on 17/01/2010

The Energy and Environment Park (ENPARK), a comprehensive eco-friendly community, and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), the world's only free zone dedicated to higher education - both members of TECOM Investments - have announced the installation of a pioneering 5kW solar tracker at DIAC. Donated by the founders of Switchpower, a team of renewable energy experts from Sweden, the solar tracker powers 129 lamps, which can save approximately six tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. It can ...  >>MORE

Solar panel makers see business potential in UAE

Posted on 25/11/2009

Solar panel manufacturers are hoping to pick up orders from alternative energy projects in the UAE and the Middle East. A number of projects similar to Abu Dhabi's $22 billion (Dh80.8bn) Masdar zero-emissions city are being planned in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and other countries, said an official from Sharp Solar. They include Dubai's proposed eight million sq ft Enpark, the Qatar Energy Park, the Shams Maan project in Jordan and a zero-emissions city in Saudi. "Masdar is the first ...  >>MORE

UAE solar power could outshine Europe, US

Posted on 06/07/2009

Solar power in the UAE has the capability to outdo US and European targets of producing 20 to 30 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020, thanks largely to abundant revenues from oil, trade, tourism, and real estate to boost it, the world's largest solar panel manufacturer has said. The Middle East's first 10-megawatt solar park at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi was connected to Abu Dhabi's electrical grid at the end of May this year, and is using power to finish the zero-waste, ...  >>MORE

Dubai plans to build region's biggest solar energy plant

Posted on 02/06/2009

Dubai is planning to set up the region's largest solar energy manufacturing plant, Ali bin Abdullah Al Owais, executive director for the electricity affairs at the UAE Energy Ministry, has said. Speaking at the workshop on the "feasibility of renewable energy uses", held here today at City Centre Hotel, Al Owais noted that the UAE was keen about meeting its future electricity demand as it is set to diversify the energy sources", citing the launch of Masdar City, the first carbon-emission free ...  >>MORE

Bangladesh supports UAE's initiative to host IRENA's H.Q.

Posted on 16/05/2009

Bangladesh extends its support to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) initiative to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, stressed Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dipu Moni. "Bangladesh has taken the necessary procedures to join IRENA's membership upon ratifying its charter in order to support UAE's initiative", added Moni as she met visiting UAE Environment and Water Minister Rashed Ahmed Bin Fahad. For his part, the UAE minister expressed ...  >>MORE

Arab countries to support UAE's bid to host headquarters of IRENA

Posted on 14/05/2009

A top official of the Arab League has reiterated the support of the Arab countries to UAE's bid to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi. The Arab League's Assistant Secretary General for Economic Affairs Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri alluded to the decision taken in this regard at the Arab summit in Doha earlier in March this year supporting the UAE bid. The UAE officially submitted its bid to host the interim and eventual permanent seat of the ...  >>MORE

Singapore and Vietnam support UAE's Irena bid

Posted on 13/05/2009

If the UAE's bid to home headquarters of Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency) succeeds, it will be helpful for developing countries to build up renewable energy sources, the Vietnamese Ambassador told Gulf News. When many countries are giving subsidies for fossil fuels which pollute the environment, the UAE is building solar energy sources to protect the environment - a credential for its bid, Nguyen Quang Khai said. "Vietnam is not a member of Irena, but I am confident that the UAE ...  >>MORE

Solar panel shades in Musaffah offer alternative energy model

Posted on 28/01/2009

Solar panels sitting on top of parking shades in Musaffah are providing answers to a puzzle the world is racing to solve: how to efficiently feed power from alternative sources into the main electricity grid. More solar panels are set to be installed on top of a city office building in the next few months, as part of the emirate's aim to have at least seven per cent of the capital's energy capacity generated from renewable sources by 2020. The 14 photovoltaic (PV) panels in the Musaffah ...  >>MORE

Region’s largest solar hot water system to be set up in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 21/01/2009

Millennium Energy Industries (MEI), a leading solar solutions company operating in the MENA region, will set up a huge central solar hot water system at the Modern Residential City, coming up at the Al Musafah area in Abu Dhabi. Described as the largest unit of its kind in the UAE and in the region, the solar system is expected to be capable of supplying 1.3 million litres/day of hot water for domestic use for the 25,000-odd residents who will be staying in the 48 buildings to be located in ...  >>MORE

Dh18bn Solar Island prototype to be fully operational by 2009

Posted on 26/10/2008

The prototype for a Dh18 million "Solar Island" announced in Ras Al Khaimah in January this year to produce around 250 KW of electricity will be fully operational by the beginning of 2009, according to the company managing the project. The island, 88 metres in diameter, is built inland but floats on water for cooling purposes, Philippe Mueller, Construction Manager at the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Micro Technology (CSEM), the builders of the project, told Emirates Business. "That is ...  >>MORE

Dh18bn Solar Island prototype to be fully operational by 2009

Posted on 21/10/2008

The prototype for a Dh18 million "Solar Island" announced in Ras Al Khaimah in January this year to produce around 250 KW of electricity will be fully operational by the beginning of 2009, according to the company managing the project. The island, 88 metres in diametre, is built inland but floats on water for cooling purposes, Philippe Mueller, Construction Manager at the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Micro Technology (CSEM), the builders of the project, told Emirates Business. "That is ...  >>MORE

RAK to test floating solar island

Posted on 24/01/2008

The Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) is working with Ras Al Khaimah emirate to develop a prototype for a 'solar island'. The project has a US$5 million budget aims to demonstrate that it is possible to convert solar energy into hydrogen on a very large scale and at low cost, said Daily News Wednesday. It added that the concept for the full-scale project involves huge floating islands covered in solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity or hydrogen. Dr Thomas ...  >>MORE

Wind turbine for homes to reduce costs naturally

Posted on 13/01/2008

Miniature wind turbines or solar powered water heaters now available in the market could reduce your home energy bill by 20 per cent and reduce carbon emissions to combat global warming. For around Dh6,000 a mini wind turbine can be connected to the circuit breaker of a house and with an extra electricity inverter can power your home's electrical needs. This does not power air conditioning. Turning your home into an energy saving unit with the flick of a switch is the future, said Dilip ...  >>MORE

ENPARK and Switchpower install country’s first solar tracker at Dubai Knowledge Village

Posted on 08/11/2007

The country's first solar power tracking device has been installed at the Dubai Knowledge Village by Energy and Environment Park (ENPARK), a comprehensive eco-friendly community and a member of TECOM Investments, in partnership with Switchpower, a leading renewable energy company in Sweden. The initiative is in line with the priorities on sustainable development, set out in the Dubai Strategy 2015 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister ...  >>MORE

Dubai to turn green in 2008

Posted on 25/10/2007

All buildings in Dubai will have to be constructed as per environment-friendly "green building" standards from January, His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has instructed in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai. Owners of residential, commercial and other buildings will have to implement the decision according to the highest international standards that are suitable for Dubai, to maintain a healthy city that follows the global ...  >>MORE

Solar tracker sheds light on potential of renewable and clean energy sources

Posted on 15/10/2007

A solar tracker has been erected at Knowledge Village and will be fully functional in the coming days, however it will not generate electricity as it is not connected to the grid but it will track the sun. Donated to TECOM by Swedish company Switchpower, the solar tracker has been assembled to demonstrate how renewable energy like the sun can be used to power buildings. "In a full scale installation you would have 50 of these trackers feeding into the grid to reduce the energy use of a ...  >>MORE

Solar solutions for the UAE

Posted on 01/10/2007

The UAE is finally making the most of its sun-drenched habitat. Perhaps being slow off the mark, the country is speeding ahead to develop avant-garde technology to feed a growing solar industry which, in just over a decade, will attract US$20 billion (Dh73.4 billion) in investments and will avoid the emission of 362 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere. The following report highlights some of the latest solar power devices making their debut in the UAE. Crossing the creek: ...  >>MORE

ENPARK installs solar-powered street lights demo project in Dubai Internet City

Posted on 25/09/2007

The Energy and Environment Park (ENPARK), a fully comprehensive eco-friendly community for both commercial and residential use and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced the installation of two solar-powered street lights demo project at Dubai Internet City (DIC), the largest managed ICT cluster in the world and a member of TECOM investments. The initiative, in partnership with Green Energy Solar (gesolar), a leading solar products and solutions provider and official distributor of ...  >>MORE

Swiss designer of Solar taxi arrived in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 18/09/2007

Louis Palmer, the first Swiss designer of a Solar-powered vehicle commended efforts exerted by UAE in the field of renewed energy, particularly the solar energy. He added at a press conference held here today at the Hilton hotel that he was briefed in Abu Dhabi about efforts being exerted to find sources of alternative energy, building green city, development of solar energy uses to preserve environment and reduction of traditional fuels. The press conference was attended by Peter Fogler, ...  >>MORE

Here comes the sun tracker

Posted on 02/09/2007

A giant solar panel called a solar power tracker will be assembled outside Knowledge Village this week to demonstrate devices that can be installed in the UAE to tap into renewable energy sources like the sun. The renewable energy device made up of silicon cells that absorb light from the sun and transform it into energy will be visible from Jumeirah Beach Road and will measure 40 square metres. The tracker will be unveiled on Wednesday. Switchpower, a Swedish renewable energy company has ...  >>MORE

RTA endorses solar energy-operated abras

Posted on 26/08/2007

The Board of Directors of Roads Transport Authority (RTA), chaired by Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board & Executive Director of the RTA, has endorsed the experimental project of transforming operation of two abras to solar energy instead of diesel. Khalid Al Zahid, Acting CEO of Marine Agency stated that this project is a result of efforts put by the RTA to make use of solar energy in operating abras, as it has considerable economic & environmental benefits in reducing fuel costs and ...  >>MORE

Tapping the sun to power UAE homes

Posted on 21/04/2007

Houses fully powered by solar energy will soon be available for home owners in the country. Scandinavian renewable energy experts will be in Abu Dhabi and Dubai later this month to promote solar housing in the UAE after working on the idea in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Representatives from Swedish company Switchpower will present the concept of developing large residential housing areas that will use a fraction of energy from the local power network. Yvonne Andersson, Middle East senior ...  >>MORE

Dubai to harness sun and wind to meet power needs

Posted on 30/03/2007

Increasing urbanisation, population and economic growth will result in demand for electricity in Dubai doubling by 2015 and the emirate is looking at the sun and the wind to help meet its needs. "Even under modest growth scenario, Dubai's electricity demand is expected to double by 2015,” said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in an interview to Pipeline magazine, which will be published next week. ...  >>MORE

Tapping the sun to power first eco-friendly car in UAE

Posted on 08/03/2007

The first solar powered car designed and created by an Emirati is currently on display in Dubai and has been drawing crowds intrigued by its sleek flat shape. The solar two-seater car can reach a maximum speed of 50km/h but is better suited to cruising at 45km/h, according to its creator Saqr Bin Saif, 30. The car will be displayed at the Emirates Towers Boulevard today and will later be moved to Wafi City mall. "I would really like to drive it to Wafi on Sheikh Zayed Road but I don't ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to build Gulf’s first solar plant

Posted on 02/03/2007

Abu Dhabi, which holds the Middle East's fourth-largest gas reserves, plans to build a US$380 million (Dh1,395m) solar energy plant in the desert as the UAE's electricity demand outstrips its gasfuelled power supplies. The project will be the first of its kind in the Gulf, Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, said in an interview. Bids to build the 100 megawatt plant will be sought by August, he said. Solar energy could help meet surging demand for ...  >>MORE

UAE 'is an ideal place to tap solar energy'

Posted on 09/02/2007

European countries are mulling over plans to extract solar power from the Sahara desert as a source of renewable energy, leaving experts to ask why solar energy is not exploited in the Gulf, especially in power desalination plants. The UAE has cheap land, cheap labour and construction incentives making it an ideal market for solar energy. There is more radiation here than in the Sahara desert making the Empty Quarter or surrounding desert better suited to solar energy, said Galal Osman, ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to go green with solar power

Posted on 11/06/2006

While solar energy is not widely used to produce electricity, this might change if trials being done by scientists at the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) are successful. The first project goes on trial within a few weeks and will see solar panels being installed over a car park canopy and benches at selected locations in the capital, said Mufeed Odeh, the Research Centre manager at Adwea. The devices, called photovoltaic panels, will harvest the solar energy and turn it ...  >>MORE

Fujairah wind farms to make 66mW power

Posted on 30/11/2005

Three wind farms with the capacity to generate 66 mega Watts of electricity can be built in Fujairah, according to a feasibility study conducted by the Ministry of Energy in co-ordination with the Fujairah Government. Presenting the findings of the study in Abu Dhabi yesterday at the forum on "Sustainable Development”, organised by the French Business Group and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Energy Minister Mohamed bin Dhaén said the UAE is keeping a "close watch” on ...  >>MORE

First solar-powered desalination plant to be built in January

Posted on 18/12/2004

A project to build a Dh40-million solar-powered plant that will desalinate sea water will start in January next year, it was announced. The complex, the first in the Gulf, will take four years to complete. Once the plant is built and tested, the lessons it provides are expected to be applied across the region. "We will launch the project on January 5. It will be our first innovative project using technology from within the Arab world. The project will be cost-effective once it is operational. ...  >>MORE

Tapping solar energy for home use set to become viable option

Posted on 24/01/2004

Going solar to recharge a mobile device or even run household appliances is becoming a viable proposition among campers and rural residents. Compact photovoltaic cells (PVC) the size of a compact disc pack are getting trendier among travellers who wish to recharge their mobile phones or laptops using the power of the sun. With prices of solar panels coming down, the Emirates Environmental Group here is pushing solar energy as an alternative to burning fossil fuel to generate electricity. ...  >>MORE

Use of solar energy set to take off

Posted on 28/06/2003

The use of solar energy is set to take off in the UAE. This may happen at a faster pace as people start to feel the financial and environmental necessity to shift to renewable energy sources. But the abundant sunshine in the Middle East, as well as the increasing competitiveness of solar energy systems, will make it a wise proposition. Until now, energy experts here say cheap power from fossil fuels explain for the low level solar energy use in the UAE and other Gulf countries. While ...  >>MORE

Energy management deal signed in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 08/09/2002

The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tricolour Initiatives, a subsidiary of Tricolour Investments Ltd, which is sponsored by the Emirates Bank Group. The two parties will now provide energy management consulting services and training to UAE companies, saving costs for energy consumers and producers. Tricolour joins companies such as Honeywell, Lucent, Intel and the Abu Dhabi Petroleum University in the CERT ...  >>MORE

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Crown Prince's Court building equipped with solar power


Solar power to light up parks in Dubai soon


Abu Dhabi Municipality initiates Phase III of Power Management Project using solar energy


RAK’s solar islands could power emirate


UAE's Masdar partners with Total and Abengoa Solar to build world's largest CSP plant in Abu Dhabi


UAE capital seeks 1,500MW of renewable power


World's tallest tower goes solar saving


UAE national rolls out world's first solar wheelchair


Masdar’s new slant on solar energy


ENPARK and DIAC install solar tracker


Solar panel makers see business potential in UAE


UAE solar power could outshine Europe, US


Dubai plans to build region's biggest solar energy plant


Bangladesh supports UAE's initiative to host IRENA's H.Q.


Arab countries to support UAE's bid to host headquarters of IRENA


Singapore and Vietnam support UAE's Irena bid


Solar panel shades in Musaffah offer alternative energy model


Region’s largest solar hot water system to be set up in Abu Dhabi


Dh18bn Solar Island prototype to be fully operational by 2009


Dh18bn Solar Island prototype to be fully operational by 2009


RAK to test floating solar island


Wind turbine for homes to reduce costs naturally


ENPARK and Switchpower install country’s first solar tracker at Dubai Knowledge Village


Dubai to turn green in 2008


Solar tracker sheds light on potential of renewable and clean energy sources


Solar solutions for the UAE


ENPARK installs solar-powered street lights demo project in Dubai Internet City


Swiss designer of Solar taxi arrived in Abu Dhabi


Here comes the sun tracker


RTA endorses solar energy-operated abras


Tapping the sun to power UAE homes


Dubai to harness sun and wind to meet power needs


Tapping the sun to power first eco-friendly car in UAE


Abu Dhabi to build Gulf’s first solar plant


UAE 'is an ideal place to tap solar energy'


Abu Dhabi to go green with solar power


Fujairah wind farms to make 66mW power


First solar-powered desalination plant to be built in January


Tapping solar energy for home use set to become viable option


Use of solar energy set to take off


Energy management deal signed in Abu Dhabi