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<strong>Promoting</strong> A<br />

<strong>Sustainable</strong> <strong>Future</strong><br />

For <strong>Generations</strong><br />

To <strong>Come</strong><br />

His Excellency<br />

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer<br />

Vice Chairman of the <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Supreme Council of Energy<br />

<strong>and</strong> MD & CEO of <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>)<br />

Special Features:<br />

Another Record Breaking Year<br />

For <strong>Renewable</strong> Energy<br />

ABB: Partners For A Clean <strong>Future</strong><br />

Kingspan PalDuct For <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Sustainable</strong> City<br />

Will PAYG Be The Next Leapfrog That<br />

Disrupts Traditional Economies?<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Science Park: Delivering Excellence<br />

To <strong>Dubai</strong>’s Science Community<br />

The Three Engineering Fields Bill Gates Wants<br />

You To Focus On<br />

Going The Extra Mile with Hilti<br />

JULY 2017<br />


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Paulaner beer is enjoyed in more than 70<br />

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As we head <strong>to</strong>wards a new era of renewable energy, several<br />

companies have already made the shift <strong>and</strong> new leaders have<br />

emerged <strong>to</strong> set a good example <strong>for</strong> other companies <strong>to</strong> follow.<br />

With the alarming news of how climate change is rapidly affecting<br />

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institutions <strong>to</strong> individual citizens - join the movement <strong>to</strong> help save<br />

the environment <strong>and</strong> mankind.<br />

EDITOR’S<br />

NOTE<br />

In this month’s GineersNow: <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong>, we put<br />

the spotlight on <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>). It<br />

is one of the leading government utilities in the world, providing<br />

services <strong>to</strong>day <strong>to</strong> more than 800,000 cus<strong>to</strong>mers with a satisfaction<br />

<strong>and</strong> happiness rate that reached 95% in 2016. Learn more<br />

about how <strong>DEWA</strong> is promoting a sustainable future <strong>for</strong> the new<br />

generations <strong>to</strong> come <strong>and</strong> get <strong>to</strong> know the man behind <strong>DEWA</strong>’s<br />

management, Managing Direc<strong>to</strong>r <strong>and</strong> Chief Executive Officer, HIs<br />

Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.<br />

We are also featuring special s<strong>to</strong>ries from several companies such<br />

as Kingspan, CLS Energy Consultants , <strong>Dubai</strong> Carbon, Applant,<br />

ABB, Hilti, Mobisol, <strong>and</strong> Inmesol.<br />

Find out how Applant’s new Kickstarter campaign is going <strong>to</strong><br />

make an impact in vertical farming. Learn more about <strong>Renewable</strong>s<br />

2017 Global Status Report, which was published <strong>by</strong> REN21, as it<br />

reports that 2017 is a record breaking year <strong>for</strong> renewable energy.<br />

We have also featured Mobisol’s special report on PAYG (Pay As<br />

You Go) <strong>and</strong> how it disrupts traditional economies in East Africa,<br />

making solar home system distribution easier in the area.<br />

Read our special s<strong>to</strong>ry from Hilti which features the <strong>for</strong>mer PT&A<br />

Product Manager, Konstantin Fedin, s<strong>to</strong>ry on how he turned his<br />

passion <strong>for</strong> battery technology in<strong>to</strong> a year long project <strong>and</strong> how he<br />

succeeded with Hilti. You also don’t want <strong>to</strong> miss the new details<br />

about <strong>Dubai</strong> Science Park as it delivers excellence <strong>to</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong>’s<br />

Science Community. Lastly, find out which engineering fields Bill<br />

Gates wants you <strong>to</strong> focus on.<br />

Now, get excited <strong>for</strong> more interesting s<strong>to</strong>ries in the renewable<br />

industry! So sit back <strong>and</strong> learn something new <strong>to</strong>day. Keep up with<br />

the latest trends on this Industry with GineersNow: <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

<strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong>.<br />

Engr. Alice Hern<strong>and</strong>ez<br />

Senior Edi<strong>to</strong>r-at-Large

Contents<br />

Kingspan PalDuct For <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

<strong>Sustainable</strong> City<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong>: <strong>Promoting</strong> A <strong>Sustainable</strong> <strong>Future</strong><br />

For <strong>Generations</strong> To <strong>Come</strong><br />

Bill Gates Wants You <strong>to</strong> Consider These 3<br />

as Your Engineering Fields of Focus<br />

10<br />

12<br />

18<br />

UAE Delegation Marks Successful<br />

Participation at World Scientific <strong>and</strong><br />

Engineering Congress (WSEC 2017)<br />

Another Record Breaking Year<br />

<strong>for</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong> Energy<br />

36<br />

38<br />

ABB: Partners For A Clean <strong>Future</strong> 40<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Science Park – Delivering<br />

Excellence <strong>to</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong>’s Science Community<br />

20<br />

Will PAYG Be The Next Leapfrog That<br />

Disrupts Traditional Economies?<br />

44<br />

Minister of Climate Change <strong>and</strong><br />

Environment Releasing 30,000 Fish in<br />

Marine Protected Areas in Dibba, Fujairah<br />

Commercial Viability Of Battery Based<br />

Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage Supported Solar<br />

Desalination<br />

Solar Power <strong>to</strong> Ensure A Genset’s Start-up<br />

<strong>and</strong> Function at Sites With No Mains<br />

Available<br />

New Melbourne-Based Ag-Tech Company,<br />

Applant, is Releasing The First Manual<br />

Vertical Farming Unit, aTree<br />

24<br />

26<br />

30<br />

32<br />

GOING THE EXTRA MILE. Batteries included 34<br />

Connecting The Dots:<br />

For A <strong>Sustainable</strong> Emirate<br />

Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson Scales New Heights;<br />

Gets Awarded the World’s Largest Solar PV<br />

Plant<br />

The Technology Behind the World’s<br />

Largest Floating Pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic Power Plant<br />

Thermal S<strong>to</strong>rage: The <strong>Green</strong>est Way To<br />

Boost PV Self-Consumption<br />

Age-Old Technology Is Making Its Way<br />

Back Thanks To <strong>Renewable</strong>s<br />

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<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />

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Kingspan PalDuct For<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Sustainable</strong> City<br />

20,000 m 2 ​​of the Kingspan PalDuct PIR System<br />

has been installed in<strong>to</strong> the 500 <strong>to</strong>wnhouses <strong>and</strong><br />

villas that <strong>for</strong>m the residential section of <strong>Dubai</strong>’s<br />

<strong>Sustainable</strong> City.<br />

The modern application of social, economic<br />

<strong>and</strong> environmental sustainability embodies the<br />

<strong>Sustainable</strong> City, <strong>Dubai</strong>. Diamond Developers<br />

achieved this through innovative design,<br />

stakeholder engagement <strong>and</strong> future moni<strong>to</strong>ring<br />

<strong>to</strong> sustain itself. The city is modelled <strong>to</strong> become a<br />

global reference point <strong>for</strong> sustainable living, work,<br />

education <strong>and</strong> recreation, as the first functioning<br />

Net Zero Energy city in <strong>Dubai</strong>. The city spans over<br />

450,000 m 2 ​*(46 ha.) <strong>and</strong> provides a complete<br />

suite of facilities <strong>and</strong> environmental features. The<br />

first phase of the City is nearing completion <strong>and</strong><br />

comprises five residential clusters, a buffer zone,<br />

a central green spine, an equestrian club, <strong>and</strong> a<br />

mixed use development.<br />

Diamond Developers have created several<br />

strategies set <strong>to</strong> redefine sustainable living​​in hot<br />

climates <strong>and</strong> encourage the global movement<br />

<strong>to</strong>wards sustainable development.​​A water<br />

strategy was developed, which includes water<br />

saving devices, grey water recycling, <strong>and</strong> treated<br />

sewage effluent reuse in l<strong>and</strong>scape irrigation.<br />

They have also targeted <strong>to</strong> achieve 100 percent<br />

waste diversion from l<strong>and</strong>fills through a waste<br />

management strategy. The clusters within the city<br />

are car-free zones <strong>and</strong> only accessible on foot<br />

or <strong>by</strong> electric buggies through narrow “sikkas”<br />

that link the city <strong>to</strong>gether. This strategy is set <strong>to</strong><br />

encourage residents <strong>to</strong> depend less on mo<strong>to</strong>rised<br />

transport <strong>and</strong> more on walking <strong>and</strong> bicycling.<br />

Construction of the second phase of TSC will<br />

commence this year <strong>and</strong> will comprise the Indigo<br />

Hotel, a Country Club <strong>and</strong> Rehabilitation Centre,<br />

a School, <strong>and</strong> the Innovation Hub.<br />

The Kingspan PalDuct PIR System is fabricated<br />

<strong>by</strong> specially trained contrac<strong>to</strong>rs from Kingspan<br />

PalDuct PIR panels. Once fabricated, it <strong>for</strong>ms an<br />

innovative pre-insulated HVAC ductwork system.<br />

The System’s inherent low level of air leakage<br />

can result in considerably reduced electrical<br />

consumption. With The Kingspan PalDuct PIR<br />

System, ventilation air flows over aluminium<br />

surfaces <strong>and</strong> does not have contact with any<br />

material containing loose fibres, making it ideal<br />

<strong>for</strong> high specification projects.<br />

The System is significantly lighter in weight than<br />

traditional sheet metal ducting, which also takes<br />

much longer <strong>to</strong> fabricate. Sheet metal ducting<br />

needs <strong>to</strong> be thermally insulated as a second<br />

process, however, the lightweight but strong<br />

Kingspan PalDuct PIR System requires only a<br />

single fix installation. This not only delivers a<br />

faster option <strong>for</strong> projects where time is critical,<br />

but also provides substantial space saving<br />

advantages.<br />

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12 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong><br />

And <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>):<br />

<strong>Promoting</strong> A<br />

<strong>Sustainable</strong> <strong>Future</strong><br />

For <strong>Generations</strong><br />

To <strong>Come</strong>

<strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>)<br />

is one of the leading government utilities in the<br />

world providing services <strong>to</strong>day <strong>to</strong> more than<br />

800,000 cus<strong>to</strong>mers with a satisfaction <strong>and</strong><br />

happiness rate that reached 95% in 2016.<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong> has achieved competitive results,<br />

surpassing leading European <strong>and</strong> American<br />

companies <strong>by</strong> reducing losses in power<br />

transmission <strong>and</strong> distribution networks <strong>to</strong><br />

3.3%, compared <strong>to</strong> 6-7% in Europe <strong>and</strong> the<br />

USA. <strong>Water</strong> network losses decreased <strong>to</strong> 8.0%,<br />

compared <strong>to</strong> 15% in North America. <strong>DEWA</strong>’s<br />

results are among the best internationally <strong>for</strong><br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mer minutes lost per year. <strong>DEWA</strong>’s figures<br />

reached 3.28 minutes, compared <strong>to</strong> 15 minutes<br />

recorded <strong>by</strong> leading utilities in the European<br />

Union. The UAE, represented <strong>by</strong> <strong>DEWA</strong>,<br />

has been ranked first in the Middle East <strong>and</strong><br />

North Africa <strong>and</strong> fourth globally <strong>for</strong> the fourth<br />

consecutive year <strong>for</strong> getting electricity as per the<br />

World Bank’s Doing Business 2017 report.<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong> was <strong>for</strong>med on 1 January 1992, <strong>by</strong> a<br />

decree issued <strong>by</strong> the late Sheikh Mak<strong>to</strong>um bin<br />

Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um <strong>to</strong> merge <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong><br />

Company <strong>and</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Water</strong> Department, which<br />

had been operating independently be<strong>for</strong>e then.<br />

Both organisations were established <strong>by</strong> the late<br />

Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um in 1959.<br />

Our long term goals derive from the <strong>Dubai</strong> Clean<br />

Energy Strategy (DCES 2050), launched <strong>by</strong> HH<br />

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um,<br />

Vice President <strong>and</strong> Prime Minister of the UAE<br />

<strong>and</strong> Ruler of <strong>Dubai</strong>, <strong>to</strong> trans<strong>for</strong>m <strong>Dubai</strong> in<strong>to</strong> a<br />

global hub <strong>for</strong> clean energy <strong>and</strong> green economy.<br />

DCES 2050 sets a target <strong>for</strong> the provision of 7%<br />

of <strong>Dubai</strong>’s energy from clean energy sources <strong>by</strong><br />

2020, increasing <strong>to</strong> 25% <strong>by</strong> 2030, <strong>and</strong> 75% <strong>by</strong><br />

2050. The strategy also establishes a USD 27<br />

billion <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Green</strong> Zone, <strong>to</strong> create joint ventures<br />

with world-class players in renewable energy <strong>for</strong><br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>to</strong> become a global centre <strong>for</strong> clean energy<br />

with the lowest carbon footprint in the world <strong>by</strong><br />

2050.<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong> manages <strong>and</strong> operates the Mohammed<br />

bin Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um Solar Park, which is the<br />

largest single-site solar project in the world. It<br />

will produce 1,000MW <strong>by</strong> 2020 <strong>and</strong> 5,000MW <strong>by</strong><br />

2030, with a <strong>to</strong>tal investment of USD 13.6 billion.<br />

In addition <strong>to</strong> our ef<strong>for</strong>ts <strong>to</strong> implement the <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Clean Energy Strategy 2050, <strong>DEWA</strong> supports<br />

the Smart <strong>Dubai</strong> Initiative <strong>to</strong> make <strong>Dubai</strong> the<br />

smartest <strong>and</strong> happiest city in the world. <strong>DEWA</strong><br />

has three initiatives <strong>to</strong> support Smart <strong>Dubai</strong>. The<br />

first initiative is called Shams <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>to</strong> encourage<br />

building owners <strong>to</strong> install solar pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic<br />

panels <strong>to</strong> offset their energy use <strong>and</strong> export<br />

excess power <strong>to</strong> the power grid. The second<br />

initiative is currently installing more than a million<br />

smart meters across <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>by</strong> 2020, <strong>to</strong> replace<br />

all mechanical <strong>and</strong> electro-mechanical meters<br />

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during the next few years. The third is the rollout<br />

of electric vehicle charging stations across <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong> support the directives of <strong>Dubai</strong> Government<br />

<strong>to</strong> ensure that, between 2016 <strong>and</strong> 2020, 2% of<br />

all cars purchased are either electric or hybrid<br />

vehicles, with the target set <strong>to</strong> increase <strong>to</strong> 10% <strong>by</strong><br />

2030.<br />

The generation of electricity through solar<br />

<strong>and</strong> renewable energy in the UAE marks the<br />

beginning of a new era of an economy that is<br />

based on environmental sustainability <strong>and</strong> clean<br />

energy. This supports the vision of HH Sheikh<br />

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um - <strong>for</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>to</strong><br />

be the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the<br />

world. This also supports the long-term National<br />

<strong>Green</strong> Economy <strong>for</strong> <strong>Sustainable</strong> Development<br />

initiative <strong>to</strong> build a green economy in the UAE,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the <strong>Dubai</strong> Plan 2021 <strong>for</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>to</strong> be a<br />

smart <strong>and</strong> sustainable city whose environmental<br />

elements are clean, healthy, <strong>and</strong> sustainable.<br />

In line with our leadership’s vision <strong>to</strong> promote<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong>’s sustainable development, the <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 has been<br />

developed in alignment with the strategy of<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Government. This energy strategy puts the<br />

security of supply amongst its key objectives;<br />

<strong>to</strong> achieve sustainable development, meet the<br />

needs of both present <strong>and</strong> future generations <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>to</strong> create an urban infrastructure with sustainable<br />

resources <strong>for</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong>, affirming our city’s leading<br />

role in solar energy <strong>and</strong> creating a new sec<strong>to</strong>r<br />

in the region. Our wise leadership realises the<br />

importance of providing energy supplies <strong>and</strong><br />

finding alternative solutions <strong>to</strong> traditional energy,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the importance of developing renewable <strong>and</strong><br />

alternative energy, because it has a direct impact<br />

on sustainable development.<br />

We look <strong>for</strong>ward <strong>to</strong> adopting the best electricity<br />

<strong>and</strong> water technologies <strong>and</strong> promote partnerships<br />

with the private sec<strong>to</strong>r across the world. Such<br />

partnerships are important <strong>for</strong> both parties as<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong> gets the most modern technologies, while<br />

those companies have strategic opportunities<br />

<strong>to</strong> continue enhancing their technologies. Our<br />

ambitious goals <strong>for</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> can only be achieved<br />

when we collaborate with each other <strong>to</strong> make<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> a smart <strong>and</strong> sustainable city, as well as the<br />

preferred place <strong>to</strong> live, work <strong>and</strong> visit.<br />

We are currently building our new headquarters<br />

which will be the largest, tallest <strong>and</strong> smartest<br />

net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. To<br />

be ready in 2019 ‘Alsheraa’ which is Arabic <strong>for</strong><br />

‘sail’, the building is designed like a ship’s sail,<br />

reminiscent of the country’s pearl <strong>and</strong> fishing<br />

dhow past, which are major elements of the<br />

UAE’s heritage, <strong>and</strong> a symbol of sustainability.<br />

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The building will aim <strong>for</strong> a LEED Platinum rating,<br />

which is the highest attainable certification in<br />

LEED (<strong>Leaders</strong>hip in Energy <strong>and</strong> Environmental<br />

Design).<br />

The <strong>to</strong>tal built up area of Alsheraa will be over<br />

1.5 million square feet <strong>and</strong> will accommodate<br />

5,000 employees in addition <strong>to</strong> cus<strong>to</strong>mers <strong>and</strong><br />

visi<strong>to</strong>rs. It will have over 16,500 square metres<br />

of Pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic (PV) solar panels producing<br />

over 3,500 kilowatts (kW). There will be over<br />

2,000 square metres of Building Integrated<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic (BIPV). In addition, the building will<br />

use the latest technologies including Internet of<br />

Things (IoT), Big Data <strong>and</strong> Open Technologies,<br />

<strong>and</strong> Artificial Intelligence (AI). Cleaning <strong>and</strong><br />

security robots will be used, in addition <strong>to</strong> a<br />

smart app on smart devices <strong>for</strong> easy updates <strong>to</strong><br />

staff, regarding traffic conditions while travelling<br />

<strong>to</strong> <strong>and</strong> from work. The app will make employees<br />

aware of their energy consumption <strong>and</strong> assist<br />

them in improving the overall energy budget<br />

management, which will be overseen <strong>by</strong> a stateof-the-art<br />

building management <strong>and</strong> control<br />

centre, which will au<strong>to</strong>matically shut down nonessential<br />

systems including air-conditioning <strong>and</strong><br />

lighting, when not in use.<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong>’s growing list of projects, initiatives<br />

<strong>and</strong> programmes reflects its commitment<br />

<strong>to</strong> supporting sustainable development <strong>by</strong><br />

increasing its dependence on natural resources,<br />

<strong>and</strong> changing the future of energy in the region.<br />

<strong>DEWA</strong> aims <strong>to</strong> achieve sustainability, promote<br />

prosperity <strong>and</strong> the well-being of citizens,<br />

residents, <strong>and</strong> visi<strong>to</strong>rs alike, while ensuring a<br />

sustainable future <strong>for</strong> generations <strong>to</strong> come.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer<br />

Vice Chairman of the <strong>Dubai</strong> Supreme Council of Energy<br />

<strong>and</strong> MD & CEO of <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>)

Managing Direc<strong>to</strong>r <strong>and</strong><br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

Biography:<br />

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer is <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> &<br />

<strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong>’s Managing Direc<strong>to</strong>r & Chief<br />

Executive Officer focusing on driving growth <strong>and</strong><br />

execution within the Emirate of <strong>Dubai</strong>. He has an<br />

overall experience of more than 30 years in the field<br />

of telecommunication, energy <strong>and</strong> water.<br />

Mr. Al Tayer has led <strong>DEWA</strong> since 1991 <strong>and</strong> has been<br />

a key contribu<strong>to</strong>r <strong>to</strong> its ever growing success.<br />

Under his leadership Dewa has seen exponential<br />

growth, <strong>and</strong> succeeded in trans<strong>for</strong>ming <strong>DEWA</strong> in<strong>to</strong><br />

a <strong>for</strong>ward-looking, commercially minded utility with<br />

state-of-the-art assets base <strong>and</strong> strong financial<br />

profile, he has launched a number of key business<br />

initiatives. Saeed has been in the <strong>for</strong>efront in<br />

localization, bringing focus <strong>to</strong> his innovative ideas<br />

<strong>and</strong> vision <strong>for</strong> building an empowered <strong>and</strong> fully<br />

independent business unit.<br />

He is the member of Government of <strong>Dubai</strong>’s<br />

Executive Council, <strong>Dubai</strong>’s Economic Council, <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Supreme Fiscal Committee, Chairman of the <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Infrastructure Committee, Chairman of Empower,<br />

Chairman of <strong>Dubai</strong> Nuclear Committee, Vice<br />

Chairman of the <strong>Dubai</strong> Supreme Council of Energy,<br />

member of the Higher Committee of the Emirates<br />

National Grid, Vice Chairman of Dubal Holding ,<br />

Vice Chairman of Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA),<br />

Chairman of the <strong>Dubai</strong> Global Energy Forum <strong>and</strong><br />

Chairman of Emirates Energy Award <strong>and</strong> Founder<br />

<strong>and</strong> Chairman of WETEX – the <strong>Water</strong>, Energy,<br />

Technology <strong>and</strong> Environment Exhibition among other<br />

representations.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Bill Gates Wants You <strong>to</strong> Consider These 3<br />

as Your Engineering Fields of Focus<br />

Bill Gates is known as a billionaire-philanthropist<br />

despite that he is a Harvard dropout. Considered as<br />

the world’s richest man, he co-founded one of the<br />

most valuable companies in the world, Microsoft.<br />

Go take his advice!<br />

In the same speech, he added that there is a huge<br />

growing dem<strong>and</strong> in the energy industry <strong>to</strong> develop<br />

“reliable, cheap, <strong>and</strong> clean” energy.<br />

For such successes, he had earned his right <strong>to</strong> give<br />

an opinion on things which becomes influential <strong>to</strong> the<br />

decision of the majority.<br />

Recently, he shared which professions he thinks are<br />

the most promising or well-suited <strong>for</strong> graduates of<br />

<strong>to</strong>day. He posted his unsolicited advice on Twitter.<br />

He used the words “impact,” “happiness,” <strong>and</strong><br />

“progress,” over a series of tweets, but never<br />

“money.” This is what he wants engineers of this<br />

generation <strong>to</strong> focus on or <strong>to</strong> find when looking <strong>for</strong> a<br />

job.<br />

And when it comes <strong>to</strong> fields of the best interest in the<br />

future, Bill Gates said only three.<br />

“AI, energy <strong>and</strong> biosciences are promising fields<br />

where you can make a huge impact,” he said.<br />

This was consistent in what he said in a speech<br />

at Columbia University, mentioning that artificial<br />

intelligence had “phenomenal” potential, <strong>and</strong><br />

“anything connected with that would be an exciting<br />

lifetime career.”<br />

Gates also talked about developments in biotech as<br />

moving “faster than ever,” making it an exciting field<br />

in the future, with a need <strong>for</strong> innovation <strong>to</strong> combat<br />

diseases such as cancer <strong>and</strong> obesity, <strong>and</strong> developing<br />

vaccines.<br />

Other than this, Gates reminded graduates <strong>to</strong><br />

surround themselves with “people who challenge you,<br />

teach you <strong>and</strong> push you <strong>to</strong> be your best self,” <strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong><br />

think of others especially the less <strong>for</strong>tunate.<br />

That last reminder was perhaps a striking lesson,<br />

as Gates detailed about learning about the world’s<br />

worst inequities <strong>and</strong> described this lack of early<br />

underst<strong>and</strong>ing as his one big regret.<br />

“You know more than I did when I was your age,” he<br />

wrote. “You can start fighting inequity, whether down<br />

the street or around the world, sooner.”<br />

He added he believes the world is getting better. And<br />

that matters because “if you think the world is getting<br />

better, you want <strong>to</strong> spread the progress <strong>to</strong> more<br />

people <strong>and</strong> places.”<br />

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<strong>Dubai</strong> Science<br />

Park – Delivering<br />

Excellence <strong>to</strong><br />

<strong>Dubai</strong>’s Science<br />

Community<br />

Entrepreneurs, SMEs <strong>and</strong> multinational enterprises<br />

operating within the science sec<strong>to</strong>r have found<br />

a home conducive <strong>for</strong> their operations in <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Science Park (DSP), the region’s first science<br />

community that offers a vibrant plat<strong>for</strong>m <strong>for</strong><br />

businesses <strong>to</strong> innovate <strong>and</strong> progress in a truly<br />

dynamic setting. Since its inception, the community<br />

has grown <strong>to</strong> more than 350 companies of all<br />

sizes in the life, energy <strong>and</strong> environmental science<br />

sec<strong>to</strong>rs. With the help of companies operating<br />

within the community, DSP is strengthening the<br />

position of <strong>Dubai</strong> as a destination <strong>for</strong> innovation<br />

within the science sec<strong>to</strong>r.<br />

What does DSP offer?<br />

DSP offers businesses a holistic environment that<br />

facilitates business growth; from providing ample<br />

office <strong>and</strong> labora<strong>to</strong>ry space, a robust infrastructure<br />

<strong>and</strong> a vibrant community <strong>for</strong> residents, DSP ensures<br />

a supportive ecosystem <strong>for</strong> businesses <strong>to</strong> flourish<br />

<strong>and</strong> achieve regional <strong>and</strong> international expansion.<br />

Additionally, DSP’s vibrant community creates<br />

synergies <strong>and</strong> allows <strong>for</strong> like-minded professionals<br />

<strong>to</strong> network <strong>and</strong> host events that promote knowledge<br />

sharing <strong>and</strong> industry development.<br />

Offices: DSP offers its partners state of the art<br />

offices in a variety of sizes, giving businesses the<br />

flexibility <strong>to</strong> choose the space that suits their needs.<br />

Labora<strong>to</strong>ries: In keeping with its vision <strong>and</strong> mission,<br />

DSP has designed labora<strong>to</strong>ry space <strong>to</strong> the highest<br />

global st<strong>and</strong>ards. The core <strong>and</strong> shell spaces are<br />

equipped with air exhaust <strong>and</strong> ventilation systems,<br />

an acid resistance drainage, pH neutralization

system <strong>and</strong> other technical features <strong>to</strong> cater <strong>to</strong> its community.<br />

The eco-friendly Labora<strong>to</strong>ry Complex has received LEED Silver<br />

Certification, portraying an environmentally responsible profile.<br />

Warehouses: DSP offers warehouse space designed<br />

specifically <strong>for</strong> s<strong>to</strong>rage, showroom, distribution, logistics <strong>and</strong><br />

light manufacturing <strong>for</strong> the science sec<strong>to</strong>rs. Each warehouse<br />

encompasses a mezzanine floor <strong>for</strong> office <strong>and</strong> pantry. Grouped<br />

in<strong>to</strong> a complex of 25, DSP’s warehouses span an area of<br />

approximately 5,000 sq. ft. each <strong>and</strong> adhere <strong>to</strong> the highest<br />

industry st<strong>and</strong>ards. They provide business partners with a<br />

convenient <strong>and</strong> secure facility <strong>to</strong> conduct their business.<br />

Due <strong>to</strong> high dem<strong>and</strong>, DSP has recently broken ground <strong>for</strong><br />

developing Phase 2 of its warehouses offering.<br />

Business Centre: Accommodating <strong>for</strong> the community’s<br />

small <strong>and</strong> medium-size companies, DSP features a dedicated<br />

Business Centre located, specifically equipped <strong>for</strong> the needs<br />

of start-up businesses with contemporary, furnished offices<br />

<strong>and</strong> open-space workstations.<br />

Through DSP’s Business Centre, you can efficiently set up<br />

business operations in a helpful <strong>and</strong> professional environment.<br />

The Business Centre delivers <strong>to</strong>tal office solutions; IT <strong>and</strong><br />

telecom features, 24-hour security, fully furnished <strong>and</strong><br />

equipped facilities, fast-track visa processing <strong>and</strong> much more.<br />

Success s<strong>to</strong>ries from DSP<br />

<strong>Green</strong>za<br />

Soil health is fundamental <strong>to</strong> profitable <strong>and</strong> sustainable<br />

agriculture. Vital organic matter <strong>and</strong> nutrients are often<br />

destroyed, depleted, or otherwise lost from the soil through<br />

overuse of fertilizers, erosion, <strong>and</strong> runoff as a consequence of<br />

unsustainable farming practices.<br />

From DSP, <strong>Green</strong>za has developed Bontera Microbial, a soil<br />

enhancer that is a scientifically <strong>for</strong>mulated proprietary cocktail<br />

of more than 30 microbes carefully selected <strong>for</strong> their ability <strong>to</strong><br />

rehabilitate the soil, making it healthier <strong>and</strong> more productive.<br />

Bontera is completely organic-based <strong>and</strong> environmentally<br />

friendly <strong>and</strong> is highly compatible with sustainable, organic<br />

farming practices. The liquid <strong>for</strong>mula is easily administered<br />

through an irrigation or drip system.<br />

Key benefits<br />

- Enhanced soil <strong>and</strong> plant health<br />

- Increased soil nutrient content <strong>and</strong> enhanced<br />

availability of nutrients<br />

- Reduced need <strong>for</strong> chemical fertilizers

- Faster seed germination<br />

- Improved plant resistance <strong>to</strong> stresses<br />

- Higher yield <strong>and</strong> better quality produce<br />

Amerispec Diagnostics<br />

Amerispec Diagnostics was established in<br />

November 2015 with the vision of being the<br />

leading reference labora<strong>to</strong>ry in the GCC <strong>and</strong><br />

the Middle East in localising cutting edge<br />

clinical diagnostic technologies based on<br />

mass spectrometry (MS) <strong>and</strong> next generation<br />

sequencing (NGS), in the United Arab Emirates,<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong> be the premier local partner <strong>for</strong> the<br />

innovation <strong>and</strong> advancement in clinical <strong>and</strong><br />

pharmaceutical research in the region. MS is<br />

an analytical technique used <strong>to</strong> determine the<br />

elemental composition of samples, quantifying<br />

the mass of particles <strong>and</strong> molecules, <strong>and</strong><br />

regarded <strong>to</strong>day <strong>to</strong> be the analytical <strong>to</strong>ol of the<br />

highest possible accuracy <strong>for</strong> measurement <strong>and</strong><br />

sensitivities <strong>to</strong> discern between close structure<br />

chemical species, where conventional clinical<br />

diagnostics assays using immunoassays <strong>and</strong><br />

pho<strong>to</strong>metry will not be able <strong>to</strong> account <strong>for</strong>.<br />

The Next Generation Sequencing massively<br />

parallel or deep sequencing are related terms<br />

that describe a DNA sequencing technology<br />

which has revolutionised genomic research.<br />

Using NGS an entire human genome can be<br />

sequenced within a single day.<br />

In early 2016, a state-of-the art facility was set<br />

up at <strong>Dubai</strong> Science Park <strong>to</strong> provide locally<br />

these specialised clinical services in the United<br />

Arab Emirates <strong>to</strong> best support healthcare<br />

providers in the Gulf region, <strong>and</strong> the Middle<br />

East region. With this investment, Amerispec<br />

was able <strong>to</strong> provide local access <strong>to</strong> services<br />

that were sent out of the country <strong>to</strong> Europe <strong>and</strong><br />

the United States of America, <strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong>ok 7 <strong>to</strong> 10<br />

days <strong>for</strong> the results <strong>to</strong> return back <strong>to</strong> the treating<br />

physician. By localising these tests at <strong>Dubai</strong><br />

Science Park, it could substantially reduce the<br />

results Turn Around Time <strong>for</strong> results <strong>to</strong> doc<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

<strong>to</strong> same day results, hence enhancing their<br />

medical decisions, <strong>and</strong> thus improving patient<br />

outcomes.<br />

Currently, Amerispec is partnering with<br />

Thermo Fisher Scientific in clinical research<br />

collaboration agreement <strong>to</strong> collaboratively<br />

develop novel clinical research application. Also,<br />

it provides in country testing <strong>for</strong> many of the<br />

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crucial diagnostic assays such as moni<strong>to</strong>ring<br />

<strong>for</strong> Immunosuppressant Drug Moni<strong>to</strong>ring <strong>for</strong><br />

transplant receivers, the crucial <strong>and</strong> closely<br />

related Vitamins such as 25-OH Vitamin D2&D3<br />

<strong>to</strong> help in modifying cancer risk <strong>and</strong> prevent<br />

bone disease, Steroid Hormones panel <strong>for</strong><br />

women fertility treatment, <strong>and</strong> Antiepileptic’<br />

Drug Moni<strong>to</strong>ring which helps in adjusting<br />

dosage <strong>and</strong> treatment of all different types of<br />

chronic neurological ailments, as panel of tests<br />

<strong>to</strong> Hospitals, Polyclinics, <strong>and</strong> local labora<strong>to</strong>ries.<br />

Today, Amerispec is working on introducing<br />

neonatal screening panels <strong>for</strong> up <strong>to</strong> 70 newborn<br />

errors that never been offered be<strong>for</strong>e in the<br />

Middle East, ensuring the health <strong>and</strong> prosperity<br />

<strong>for</strong> future generations <strong>to</strong> come.<br />

This was accomplished <strong>by</strong> using the latest<br />

Class 1 medical devices <strong>and</strong> technologies<br />

acquired from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the<br />

leading company in innovation in<strong>to</strong> life science<br />

<strong>and</strong> research. Amerispec’s team of the finest<br />

scientists from the US <strong>to</strong> run the labora<strong>to</strong>ry<br />

adhers <strong>to</strong> the highest level of quality m<strong>and</strong>ated<br />

<strong>by</strong> Collage of American Pathologist (CAP) <strong>to</strong><br />

ensure being in compliance with the st<strong>and</strong>ard<br />

measures of quality in the USA, while pursuing<br />

national <strong>and</strong> international lab accreditation<br />

such ISO 15189 offered <strong>by</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> Accreditation<br />

Services (DAC), <strong>and</strong> enrolling <strong>and</strong> using<br />

proficiency testing materials of the Collage<br />

of American Pathologist (CAP). Amerispec is<br />

now on track <strong>for</strong> CAP accreditation of high<br />

complexity testing labora<strong>to</strong>ry.<br />

<strong>Future</strong> of DSP<br />

DSP is evolving as a hub where more success<br />

s<strong>to</strong>ries can originate <strong>for</strong> the benefit of society.<br />

Expansion <strong>and</strong> growth are <strong>to</strong>p on the agenda<br />

while also working <strong>to</strong> promote pharmaceutical<br />

production in <strong>Dubai</strong>. On the immediate horizon<br />

<strong>for</strong> DSP is the launch of its Headquarters (DSP<br />

HQ) – two l<strong>and</strong>mark buildings that offer br<strong>and</strong><br />

new business space <strong>to</strong> companies invested<br />

in scientific, environmental or pharmaceutical<br />

pursuits. The twin <strong>to</strong>wers will create a relaxing<br />

<strong>and</strong> convenient environment <strong>for</strong> professionals<br />

<strong>and</strong> residents alike <strong>by</strong> providing numerous<br />

retail/service outlets <strong>and</strong> restaurants along with<br />

beautifully l<strong>and</strong>scaped common areas.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about <strong>Dubai</strong> Science Park,<br />

please visit the website: http://www.dsp.ae<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Minister of Climate Change <strong>and</strong><br />

Environment Releasing 30,000 Fish in<br />

Marine Protected Areas in Dibba, Fujairah<br />

His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi,<br />

Minister of Climate Change <strong>and</strong> Environment,<br />

is releasing several big sized (150 grams)<br />

Rhabdosargus sarba (Qabit) <strong>and</strong> finned black<br />

seabream (Sha’am) fish in the waters of marine<br />

protected areas in Dibba, Fujairah.<br />

The Ministry of Climate Change <strong>and</strong> Environment<br />

is collaborating with “Fish Farm” <strong>to</strong> release 30,000<br />

fish marine protected areas in each emirate,<br />

starting in Fujairah, with the aim of promoting the<br />

sustainability of fish s<strong>to</strong>ck <strong>for</strong> future generations.<br />

The move comes within the framework of the<br />

‘Year of Giving’ initiative launched <strong>by</strong> the UAE<br />

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed<br />

Al Nahyan, <strong>and</strong> in line with the directives of His<br />

Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin<br />

Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um, Crown Prince of <strong>Dubai</strong>.<br />

The Ministry of Climate Change <strong>and</strong> Environment<br />

has worked with municipalities <strong>and</strong> environmental<br />

bodies <strong>to</strong> coordinate the release of the fish in Ras<br />

Al Khor, Umm Al Quwain, Jebel Ali Marine Park in<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong>, Al Qurum Park in Abu Dhabi, Bird Isl<strong>and</strong><br />

in Fujairah, Al Rams Creek in Ras Al Khaimah, Al<br />

Zorah Natural Reserve in Ajman <strong>and</strong> in Sharjah.<br />

The Ministry is determined <strong>to</strong> ensure the<br />

sustainability of the UAE’s living marine resources<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong> support the food security in the country<br />

through launching various initiatives, including<br />

the identification of commercial fish species that<br />

are being exploited, as well as <strong>to</strong> develop the<br />

local fish species breeding program <strong>and</strong> provide<br />

technical services <strong>and</strong> advice <strong>to</strong> local fish farms.<br />

24 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

Claudio Palmieri

Commercial Viability Of Battery<br />

Based Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage Supported<br />

Solar Desalination<br />

Solar Desalination has always been a <strong>to</strong>pic of<br />

great interest in the GCC, a region which lacks<br />

sufficient natural water resources <strong>and</strong> is largely<br />

dependent on desalinated water <strong>to</strong> provide <strong>for</strong><br />

its citizens. Regional utilities <strong>and</strong> Government<br />

agencies have been testing various solar<br />

desalination concepts <strong>for</strong> some time <strong>and</strong> PV Solar<br />

powered Reverse Osmosis (RO) desalination<br />

has been found well suited <strong>for</strong> small <strong>to</strong> midscale<br />

applications at remote locations without<br />

grid connection. However, the dependence of<br />

PV Solar powered RO desalination plants on<br />

sunlight <strong>for</strong> operation drastically reduces water<br />

production <strong>and</strong> plant utilization fac<strong>to</strong>rs which in<br />

turn negatively impacts Leveraged Cost of <strong>Water</strong><br />

(LCoW) or water production cost. Battery based<br />

energy s<strong>to</strong>rage systems offer a technical solution<br />

which would allow solar desalination plant<br />

owners <strong>to</strong> improve utilization fac<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>and</strong> increase<br />

water production of Solar Desalination plants.<br />

The question however is, can energy s<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

offer a commercially viable solution, improve<br />

the Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r <strong>for</strong> PV powered solar<br />

desalination plants <strong>and</strong> reduce its LCoW?<br />

The following is based on a feasibility study <strong>for</strong> a<br />

2,000 m 3 /day Solar Desalination Plant currently<br />

under development in a North African Country<br />

located on the Mediterranean coast. In this case<br />

a 2,000 m 3 /day Solar Desalination plant without<br />

energy s<strong>to</strong>rage can achieve an annual Utilization<br />

Fac<strong>to</strong>r of around 40% which would result in an<br />

average daily water production of 800 m 3 /day<br />

or around 292,000 m 3 /year. The study looked at<br />

ways <strong>to</strong> improve the Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r up <strong>to</strong> 75%<br />

(average of 1,500 m 3 /day or close <strong>to</strong> 550,000 m 3 /<br />

year) <strong>and</strong> its impacts LCoW <strong>and</strong> CAPEX.<br />

For a better underst<strong>and</strong>ing a number of key<br />

parameters have been defined as followed:<br />

Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> (kWh/m 3 ) – The<br />

Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> defines the required<br />

energy in kWh <strong>to</strong> desalinate 1 m 3 of water. The<br />

Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> is depending on the<br />

salinity of the feedwater <strong>and</strong> the energy efficiency<br />

of the desalination technology.<br />

Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r (%) – The Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r<br />

is defining how much of the (annual) design<br />

desalination capacity of 730,000 m 3 (or how many<br />

of the annually available full load operating hours)<br />

have been utilized.<br />

LCoW (US$) – The Leveraged Cost of <strong>Water</strong><br />

<strong>for</strong>mula used <strong>for</strong> this study considers the<br />

complete plant CAPEX, OPEX <strong>and</strong> the estimated<br />

water production over 20 years but no project<br />

development or finance cost.<br />

CAPEX (US$) – The CAPEX includes costs<br />

required <strong>to</strong> deliver a turnkey PV Solar powered<br />

RO Desalination Plant including Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

<strong>and</strong> Solar System.<br />

OPEX (US$) – The OPEX includes all costs<br />

required <strong>to</strong> Operate <strong>and</strong> Maintain a PV Solar<br />

powered RO Desalination Plant including battery<br />

replacement.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


To secure realistic results a model has been<br />

created which considers all site <strong>and</strong> technology<br />

specific fac<strong>to</strong>rs. All graphs contained in this<br />

study have been generated using site specific<br />

data from the 2,000 m 3 /day solar desalination<br />

project mentioned above.<br />

While drawing up the first design concept <strong>for</strong><br />

the 2,000 m 3 /day solar desalination plant it<br />

became clear that additional PV Solar <strong>and</strong><br />

Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage System cost required <strong>to</strong> achieve<br />

higher Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>rs had a disproportionate<br />

impact on CAPEX. As can be seen in the two<br />

graphs below. This is mainly due <strong>to</strong> the increase<br />

in required Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage Capacity.<br />

Note: The design study is based on st<strong>and</strong>ard<br />

Lithium Ion technology <strong>and</strong> the respective<br />

system efficiency, degradation <strong>and</strong> available<br />

state of charge data have been fac<strong>to</strong>red in<strong>to</strong><br />

the model. It is further worth noting that the PV<br />

design Capacity outlined in Graph 1 is only valid<br />

in relation with the site specific solar irradiation<br />

data.<br />

PV System Capacity<br />

kWp<br />

2000<br />

1800<br />

1600<br />

PV System Design Capacity<br />

vs.<br />

Since all investment projects are CAPEX<br />

sensitive it is worth <strong>to</strong> study the impact of<br />

the additional cost required <strong>to</strong> increase the<br />

Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r on the Leveraged Cost of <strong>Water</strong><br />

(LCoW). As can be seen in Graph 3, an increase<br />

in Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r results in an increased<br />

LCoW or US$/m 3 of treated water <strong>for</strong> every case<br />

where the Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> exceeds 2<br />

kWh/m 3 . In this case (energy intense Seawater<br />

Desalination) <strong>and</strong> at <strong>to</strong>day’s prices are <strong>for</strong> PV<br />

Solar <strong>and</strong> Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage Systems it is more<br />

cost effective <strong>to</strong> double the RO installed capacity<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong> accept the low Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r even if<br />

the frequent starts <strong>and</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ps have a negative<br />

impact on membrane lifetime <strong>and</strong> OPEX.<br />

But it is also worth highlighting that it is possible<br />

<strong>to</strong> use Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage systems <strong>to</strong> increase the<br />

Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r while maintaining or reducing<br />

the respective LCoW as can be seen in Graph<br />

3 (Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> of 1.5 kWh/m 3 <strong>and</strong><br />

below) <strong>and</strong> Graph 4 (Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> of<br />

2 kWh/m 3 <strong>and</strong> below). The commercial viability<br />

of Battery based Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage <strong>to</strong> improve<br />

the Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>rs of Solar Desalination<br />

Plants is mainly depending on Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

System cost <strong>and</strong> the Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong><br />

(Desalination Plant Energy Efficiency).<br />

1400<br />

1200<br />

1000<br />

800<br />

600<br />

400<br />

LCoW<br />

US$/m 3<br />

1.6<br />

1.4<br />

Based on current PV <strong>and</strong> ES Market Prices<br />

200<br />

0<br />

40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65%7 0% 75%<br />

5.5 Kwh/m 3 5 Kwh/m 3 4.5 Kwh/m 3 4 Kwh/m 3 3.5 Kwh/m 3<br />

3 Kwh/m 3 2.5 Kwh/m 3 2 Kwh/m 3 1.5 Kwh/m 3 1 Kwh/m 3<br />

1.2<br />

1<br />

0.8<br />

0.6<br />

0.4<br />

Graph 1 (Required PV Design Capacity)<br />

0.2<br />

0<br />

40% 45% 50%5 5% 60%6 5% 70% 75%<br />

5.5 Kwh/m 3 5 Kwh/m 3 4.5 Kwh/m 3 4 Kwh/m 3 3.5 Kwh/m 3<br />

3 Kwh/m 3 2.5 Kwh/m 3 2 Kwh/m 3 1.5 Kwh/m 3 1 Kwh/m 3<br />

ES Design Capacity<br />

MWh<br />

8<br />

ES Design Capacity<br />

vs.<br />

Graph 3: LCoW at current PV & ES Prices<br />

7<br />

6<br />

5<br />

4<br />

LCoW<br />

US$/m 3<br />

1.6<br />

1.4<br />

Based on PV & ES Prices <strong>for</strong>ecasted <strong>for</strong> 2018<br />

3<br />

1.2<br />

2<br />

1<br />

1<br />

0.8<br />

0<br />

40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65%7 0% 75%<br />

5.5 Kwh/m 3 5 Kwh/m 3 4.5 Kwh/m 3 4 Kwh/m 3 3.5 Kwh/m 3<br />

3 Kwh/m 3 2.5 Kwh/m 3 2 Kwh/m 3 1.5 Kwh/m 3 1 Kwh/m 3<br />

0.6<br />

0.4<br />

0.2<br />

Graph 2 (Required Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage Design Capacity) show the<br />

required design capacity in relation with the annual Utilization<br />

Fac<strong>to</strong>r <strong>and</strong> Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong>.<br />

0<br />

40% 45% 50%5 5% 60%6 5% 70% 75%<br />

5.5 Kwh/m 3 5 Kwh/m 3 4.5 Kwh/m 3 4 Kwh/m 3 3.5 Kwh/m 3<br />

3 Kwh/m 3 2.5 Kwh/m 3 2 Kwh/m 3 1.5 Kwh/m 3 1 Kwh/m 3<br />

Graph 4:LCoW at expected 2018 PV & ES Prices<br />

28 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

A quick <strong>and</strong> easy way <strong>to</strong> determine the<br />

commercial viability of using battery based<br />

Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage <strong>to</strong> increase the Utilization<br />

Fac<strong>to</strong>r (water production) of an off-grid solar<br />

desalination plant is <strong>to</strong> put the nominalized<br />

CAPEX in relation with the resulting nominalized<br />

annual water production as described in Graph<br />

5. An improvement in LCoW can be achieved<br />

whenever nominalized annual water production<br />

is increasing faster than nominalized CAPEX.<br />

It is worth noting that the optimum LCoW which<br />

can be achieved in the GCC is around 70 <strong>to</strong><br />

80% largely due <strong>to</strong> seasonal variations in solar<br />

irradiation.<br />

Nominalized<br />

3.000<br />

2.500<br />

Nominalized<br />

• It is commercially viable <strong>to</strong> use Battery based<br />

Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage <strong>to</strong> increase the Utilization<br />

Fac<strong>to</strong>r of Solar Desalination Plants <strong>for</strong> low<br />

salinity e.g. brackish water desalination<br />

systems at <strong>to</strong>day’s Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage <strong>and</strong> PV<br />

market prices.<br />

• Current market price developments in the<br />

energy s<strong>to</strong>rage industry in combination with a<br />

highly energy efficient desalination technology<br />

is expected <strong>to</strong> make extended Utilization<br />

Fac<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>for</strong> sea water desalination plants<br />

commercially viable <strong>by</strong> 2018.<br />

• Energy Efficiency has value! For the reference<br />

project at <strong>to</strong>day’s market prices a reduction<br />

in Specific Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> <strong>by</strong> 1 kWh/m3 has<br />

a CAPEX value 0.1 <strong>to</strong> 1 Million US$ depending<br />

on Utilization Fac<strong>to</strong>r <strong>and</strong> Feedwater Salinity.<br />

2.000<br />

1.500<br />

1.000<br />

0.500<br />

0.000<br />

40% 45% 50% 55% 60% 65%7 0% 75%<br />

CAPEX 1kWh/m3 <strong>Future</strong> CAPEX 5kWh/m3 <strong>Future</strong> CAPEX 1kWh/m3 Present CAPEX 5kWh/m3 Present<br />

Graph 5: CAPEX vs. Annual <strong>Water</strong> Production<br />

Conclusion:<br />

• Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage System cost <strong>and</strong> Specific<br />

Energy Dem<strong>and</strong> (Desalination Plant Efficiency)<br />

are the most important fac<strong>to</strong>rs which<br />

determine the Commercial Viability of<br />

Battery based Energy S<strong>to</strong>rage supported<br />

Solar Desalination.<br />

Example of highly energy efficient Trevi Systems<br />

FO-PROE (RO) desalination Skid<br />

Claudio Palmieri<br />

Claudio has worked in commissioning, engineering, project management, service,<br />

sales, project development <strong>and</strong> business development <strong>for</strong> power, renewable energy<br />

<strong>and</strong> Oil & Gas <strong>for</strong> companies like ABB, MTU <strong>and</strong> Kharafi National which included a<br />

position on the board of direc<strong>to</strong>rs of a Solar PV EPC company registered at Masdar,<br />

Abu Dhabi. He has more than 20 years Middle East <strong>and</strong> Energy Industry experience.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Solar Power <strong>to</strong> Ensure A Genset’s Start-up <strong>and</strong><br />

Function at Sites With No Mains Available<br />

An Economic <strong>and</strong> Effective Solution in Case of no Mains available<br />

Although it may be difficult <strong>to</strong> imagine sites<br />

without any electric Mains network, the reality is<br />

that there are vast areas on our earth where there<br />

is no Electric Mains supply.<br />

BTS telecom <strong>to</strong>wers installed in remote areas,<br />

villages in developing countries or that are<br />

isolated during periods of the year because of<br />

climatic conditions, mines <strong>and</strong> quarries, civil<br />

works <strong>and</strong> a lot of other situations are examples<br />

of where gensets are the only alternative <strong>to</strong><br />

Mains, nowadays often in combination with<br />

renewable sources of energy as wind <strong>and</strong> solar<br />

power. In all these situations, gensets equipped<br />

with the adequate accessories <strong>and</strong> options are<br />

in<strong>to</strong> an optimal solution as they may be remote<br />

controlled <strong>and</strong> managed even if they are situated<br />

thous<strong>and</strong>s of kilometres away.<br />

What kind of accessories <strong>and</strong> equipment can<br />

guarantee proper function <strong>and</strong> security of a<br />

genset?<br />

A ​genset must be prepared <strong>to</strong> ​start ​<strong>and</strong> ​work,<br />

no matter what its application or use is. With<br />

this in mind, the battery, among other fac<strong>to</strong>rs,<br />

has a very important role, as it is responsible <strong>for</strong><br />

starting the ​engine ​of the genera<strong>to</strong>r set <strong>to</strong> make<br />

it work. The battery is also needed <strong>to</strong> power<br />

the genset controller <strong>and</strong> other equipment like<br />

remote control modems or gateways.<br />

What is responsible <strong>for</strong> keeping the gensets’<br />

batteries sufficiently charged <strong>to</strong> ensure the<br />

correct start-up of the engine? ​This task is<br />

per<strong>for</strong>med <strong>by</strong> the ​battery charger​.<br />

So that these devices can work as intended, they<br />

30 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

must be ​connected <strong>to</strong> or powered <strong>by</strong>​a​power<br />

source​, usually ​the mains.<br />

When this option is not available, there is a very<br />

economical <strong>and</strong> effective solution: The use of ​<br />

solar panels <strong>to</strong> power the chargers that will give<br />

the batteries enough charge <strong>to</strong> ensure that there<br />

are no start-up failures.<br />

Gensets that are placed on far away sites<br />

are often remote controlled <strong>and</strong> supervised<br />

<strong>to</strong> minimise the costs <strong>for</strong> operation <strong>and</strong><br />

maintenance as well as ensure a good function<br />

when needed <strong>and</strong> also the security of the genset<br />

installation against theft, damage, fires etc.<br />

This makes it necessary <strong>to</strong> have the genset<br />

controller powered up all the time <strong>to</strong> h<strong>and</strong>le the<br />

remote control orders as well as receive the<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation from extra sensors <strong>and</strong> senders<br />

about the status of the genset, fuel <strong>and</strong> other<br />

liquid levels etc. The extra equipment mounted<br />

will be powered from the battery so it has <strong>to</strong><br />

be recharged continuously <strong>to</strong> ensure it’s ready<br />

<strong>to</strong> start the genset when a starting order is<br />

received.<br />

The Inmesol gensets are equipped with many<br />

inputs <strong>for</strong> different sensors <strong>and</strong> senders as well<br />

as output ports as a st<strong>and</strong>ard <strong>and</strong> there are a<br />

great number of different expansion modules<br />

that offer nearly limitless possibilities <strong>to</strong> remotely<br />

manage <strong>and</strong> moni<strong>to</strong>r the genset itself <strong>and</strong> related<br />

equipment <strong>and</strong> installations.<br />

Examples of what can be done <strong>by</strong> remote<br />

control:<br />

Checking of all Genset parameters as; Status<br />

(S<strong>to</strong>pped, Running with load, Tripped <strong>for</strong> alarm<br />

etc.) Reading of values like; Voltage, Current,<br />

Frequency, kW, Oil pressure <strong>and</strong> Engine<br />

temperature. Levels like Fuel level, Engine oil<br />

level <strong>and</strong> Coolant level. Orders’ like Start, S<strong>to</strong>p,<br />

Load On <strong>and</strong> Off <strong>and</strong> Reset of alarms. Fuel<br />

supply systems with several tanks where the fuel<br />

consumption can be controlled <strong>and</strong> fuel levels<br />

in the tanks can be checked <strong>and</strong> fuel being<br />

pumped from one tank <strong>to</strong> another.<br />

Smoke <strong>and</strong> fire detec<strong>to</strong>rs, as well as detec<strong>to</strong>rs of<br />

movement <strong>and</strong> intrusions, can be connected. An<br />

access can be given <strong>to</strong> suppliers of fuel as well.<br />

All of this without having <strong>to</strong> be at the site save a<br />

lot of costs <strong>for</strong> maintenance <strong>and</strong> service. It also<br />

increases the efficiency of operation as faulty<br />

conditions can be detected be<strong>for</strong>e they have<br />

caused a major damage. Fuel <strong>and</strong> service can<br />

be supplied <strong>and</strong> done just in time <strong>and</strong> with a<br />

minimum of down time.<br />

Charger responsible <strong>for</strong> keeping batteries charged<br />

Batteries that start the genset’s engine<br />

Rental range of gensets with solar panels

New Melbourne-Based Ag-Tech Company,<br />

Applant, is Releasing The First Manual Vertical<br />

Farming Unit, aTree<br />

Vertical farming is a fairly new concept. Once<br />

limited <strong>to</strong> rocket scientists at NASA, vertical<br />

farming is a technique of growing plants in<br />

stacks of vertical planes in water, without soil.<br />

Urban farmers have been using vertical farming<br />

technologies <strong>for</strong> years now <strong>to</strong> grow food in<br />

any season. Thanks <strong>to</strong> its predictable delivery<br />

of water <strong>and</strong> nutrients, the plants can thrive in<br />

optimum conditions. Recently, the technique<br />

has become popular <strong>for</strong> home-growers with the<br />

availability of af<strong>for</strong>dable light sources. Applant,<br />

a new Melbourne-based ag-tech company, is<br />

set <strong>to</strong> release the first manual vertical farming<br />

unit, aTree, <strong>to</strong> allow people <strong>to</strong> grow fruits <strong>and</strong><br />

vegetables in the com<strong>for</strong>t of their own homes,<br />

workplace or any relatively confined areas.<br />

By 2050, the UN estimates the world population<br />

<strong>to</strong> be 9.7 billion. The world will need <strong>to</strong> produce at<br />

least 50-70% more food <strong>to</strong> feed the population.<br />

Majority of l<strong>and</strong> that can be used <strong>for</strong> farming is<br />

already used <strong>for</strong> farming. As there is little space<br />

left <strong>to</strong> farm, focus needs <strong>to</strong> be put on higher<br />

yields.<br />

Applant aims <strong>to</strong> help rectify this problem <strong>by</strong><br />

teaching communities <strong>to</strong> grow at home as vertical<br />

farming maximises space <strong>for</strong> those living in cities.<br />

Vertical farming allows <strong>for</strong> growing plants with<br />

higher yields <strong>and</strong> faster growth rates.<br />

aTree grows plants using aeroponics, a rootmisting<br />

system, <strong>to</strong> circulate water throughout the<br />

system. The roots of the crops are sprayed with<br />

a mist of nutrient-enriched water. The foot pump<br />

at the base of the unit needs only <strong>to</strong> be pumped<br />

1-2 minutes per day <strong>for</strong> the water <strong>to</strong> be pumped<br />

<strong>to</strong> the <strong>to</strong>p, where it then falls down through the<br />

root chamber. The root chamber delivers the<br />

optimum amount of water <strong>to</strong> the plants <strong>and</strong><br />

32 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

is then recycled; there<strong>for</strong>e, vertical farming<br />

technologies, such as aTree, use 95% less<br />

water than field farms. As opposed <strong>to</strong> traditional<br />

farming, aTree allows <strong>for</strong> significant water<br />

conservation, which eases strain on droughtthreatened<br />

regions.<br />

As long as aTree is exposed <strong>to</strong> light, it can be<br />

kept indoors or outdoors whether in a sunny<br />

area or with LED lights. The light-emitting diodes<br />

(LEDs) emit the precise spectra of light <strong>for</strong> the<br />

plants’ pho<strong>to</strong>synthesis; e.g. with a larger blue<br />

or red component. The exact light wavelength<br />

is optimum <strong>for</strong> the plants’ growth, such as<br />

kale, pumpkins <strong>and</strong> lettuce. LED lights are also<br />

energy efficient - approximately 70% of energy<br />

expenditure would be saved if LED lights were <strong>to</strong><br />

be used rather than filament bulbs.<br />

Aeroponic-growing also means no use of<br />

pesticides, fungicides or herbicides as there’s<br />

no soil. There is also no travel time required with<br />

transportation of produce. The nutrients are<br />

retained inside the plants <strong>and</strong> are not lost during<br />

packaging <strong>and</strong> transportation methods. The<br />

results are plants that can be picked <strong>and</strong> eaten<br />

straightaway - enriched with nutrients - with<br />

produce that is fresh <strong>and</strong> tastier.<br />

As more people are projected <strong>to</strong> be living in<br />

urbanised areas, vertical farming technologies<br />

like aTree is an effective <strong>and</strong> low-maintenance<br />

solution <strong>to</strong> grow fruits <strong>and</strong> vegetables. While<br />

there have been vertical farms on a large scale,<br />

aTree is the first <strong>to</strong> be placed at the convenience<br />

of confined spaces as a reliable, personal food<br />

supply. It’s a sustainable practice that can help<br />

solve the problem of feeding the population in<br />

the future. Applant is committed <strong>to</strong> educating<br />

new growers on growing at home.<br />

To help support, Applant is creating a Kickstarter<br />

campaign that will commence from July <strong>to</strong><br />

August 2017 <strong>to</strong> launch aTree in<strong>to</strong> the market.<br />



Batteries included<br />

Hilti is a global leader in providing cutting-edge products, systems <strong>and</strong> services <strong>to</strong> professionals in<br />

the construction <strong>and</strong> energy sec<strong>to</strong>rs. From design <strong>to</strong> demolition, Hilti supports cus<strong>to</strong>mers with expert<br />

technical advice, reliable products, prompt delivery <strong>and</strong> outst<strong>and</strong>ing service. The product range covers<br />

drilling <strong>and</strong> demolition, direct fastening, diamond <strong>and</strong> anchoring systems, fires<strong>to</strong>p <strong>and</strong> foam systems,<br />

installation, measuring <strong>and</strong> screw fastening systems, as well as cutting <strong>and</strong> s<strong>and</strong>ing systems. As a<br />

result of this, Hilti’s portfolio helps construction professionals through every step of the construction<br />

journey. A direct-selling company, Hilti generates over 200,000 cus<strong>to</strong>mer interactions per day, providing<br />

it with superior insight in<strong>to</strong> company <strong>and</strong> market dem<strong>and</strong>s. Hilti Emirates LLC <strong>and</strong> Hilti Middle East FZE<br />

has been operating in the UAE since 1991. Today, Hilti Emirates has more than 200 employees, its own<br />

warehousing facility <strong>and</strong> a state-of-the-art repair center. Thomas Stumpp is Head of Market Region<br />

Middle East Turkey & Africa; while Mutaz Almaani is Head of Sub Region Gulf.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation, please call Hilti Emirates at 800-Hilti (44584) or visit www.hilti.ae.<br />

Konstantin Fedin (previous PT&A Product<br />

Manager) discusses how he turned his passion<br />

<strong>for</strong> battery technology in<strong>to</strong> a year long project.<br />

The project of operating a car using Hilti batteries<br />

started in July 2016, leading up <strong>to</strong> the gr<strong>and</strong> reveal<br />

during the Marketing Wave in <strong>Dubai</strong> on April<br />

2017. Konstantin shares his motivation behind the<br />

project, the challenges he faced during his journey,<br />

<strong>and</strong> the burning passion he has <strong>for</strong> innovation.<br />

Such dedication proves that with patience; great<br />

results come <strong>to</strong> life.<br />

What was your biggest motive <strong>to</strong> take on this<br />

project?<br />

It was clear from the beginning that the<br />

implementation of the project will be challenging<br />

<strong>and</strong> will require a lot of extra time, <strong>and</strong> ef<strong>for</strong>t<br />

beyond the current work scope. However, my<br />

passion <strong>for</strong> innovations, battery technologies<br />

<strong>and</strong> cars all <strong>to</strong>gether drove me <strong>for</strong>ward. Being<br />

responsible <strong>for</strong> cordless <strong>to</strong>ols in SR Gulf <strong>and</strong> SR<br />

NEEA as a product manager, I wanted <strong>to</strong> show<br />

everyone that Hilti batteries are capable of moving<br />

something much bigger than just construction<br />

power <strong>to</strong>ols. And I had no doubts that the finest<br />

quality of Hilti batteries <strong>to</strong>gether with some<br />

mechanical engineering intelligence will allow<br />

me <strong>to</strong> reach success at the end. I love battling<br />

challenges, <strong>and</strong> this idea just added more fuel <strong>to</strong><br />

the fire.<br />

Konstantin Fedin started working on his project since July<br />

2016. His motivation, determination, <strong>and</strong> persistence came<br />

<strong>to</strong>gether <strong>to</strong> power an Electro car using Hilti batteries.<br />

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How long did the project take <strong>to</strong> complete,<br />

<strong>and</strong> what did you enjoy most about it?<br />

I started this project in July of 2016. It was a<br />

long journey, full of unexpected surprises <strong>and</strong><br />

hidden challenges, <strong>and</strong> it <strong>to</strong>ok me nearly 9<br />

months <strong>to</strong> finally run the first Hilti Electro car<br />

<strong>and</strong> introduce it <strong>to</strong> all of my colleagues during<br />

the Marketing wave which <strong>to</strong>ok place in March<br />

2017. Creating something <strong>to</strong>tally new <strong>and</strong><br />

completely out of the box - not construction<br />

related, using the latest technologies which<br />

Hilti owns is a big proud achievement <strong>and</strong><br />

exceptional personal motivation.<br />

What was your biggest challenge during the<br />

process?<br />

The biggest challenge was that the whole<br />

project was full of new tasks <strong>and</strong> questions<br />

which I have never faced be<strong>for</strong>e. For instance,<br />

many times when I was facing design<br />

challenges, I was trying <strong>to</strong> get consultancy <strong>and</strong><br />

advice from professionals in the au<strong>to</strong>mobile<br />

<strong>and</strong> electrical engineering industries. And I<br />

often got the answer: “It’s not possible, don’t<br />

even waste your time”; but after some weeks<br />

of internal brains<strong>to</strong>rming we were able <strong>to</strong> find<br />

a solution <strong>and</strong> we were able <strong>to</strong> overcome the<br />

next challenge. The conclusion is “Nothing is<br />

impossible”.<br />

I would like <strong>to</strong> express my deepest gratitude <strong>to</strong><br />

my friend <strong>and</strong> ex-colleague Petro Zemlianskyi<br />

<strong>for</strong> his continuous support <strong>and</strong> great creative<br />

ideas during the project implementation.<br />

In brief, how would you describe our Hilti<br />

batteries – What sets us apart?<br />

There is no br<strong>and</strong> on the market that can match<br />

the level of the Hilti products <strong>and</strong> services,<br />

<strong>and</strong> our batteries are no exception. Hilti has a<br />

unique strength that differentiates us from our<br />

competi<strong>to</strong>rs, it is our direct relations with the<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers. There<strong>for</strong>e, Hilti creates the products<br />

based on cus<strong>to</strong>mers’ feedback that makes them<br />

a perfect fit <strong>for</strong> the hardest construction site<br />

conditions. The features of the Hilti batteries are<br />

unique <strong>and</strong> relevant <strong>to</strong> the construction industry,<br />

including the shock absorption internal design<br />

of the housing that is made of fiberglass with<br />

extreme external impact resistance; fully sealed<br />

electronics <strong>for</strong> dust <strong>and</strong> moisture protection,<br />

double tapped contacts with independent cell<br />

power control managed <strong>by</strong> CPC technology<br />

<strong>and</strong> much more. This is what makes the Hilti<br />

batteries unique with unmatched per<strong>for</strong>mance<br />

on the market. This is what drives every<br />

employee in our company <strong>to</strong> further create the<br />

difference every day! And I am proud <strong>to</strong> be part<br />

of such a team!<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


UAE Delegation Marks Successful Participation at World<br />

Scientific <strong>and</strong> Engineering Congress (WSEC 2017)<br />

A UAE delegation led <strong>by</strong> His Excellency Dr Thani<br />

bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change<br />

<strong>and</strong> Environment, marked a successful attendance<br />

at the World Scientific <strong>and</strong> Engineering Congress<br />

(WSEC 2017) from June19-20, 2017 convened<br />

at Astana EXPO 2017 Congress Center - Astana,<br />

Republic of Kazakhstan.<br />

The conference held under the theme “Energy of<br />

the <strong>Future</strong>: innovative scenarios <strong>and</strong> methods of<br />

their implementation”, aimed <strong>to</strong> bring <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

world pioneers in energy, <strong>to</strong> engage in a critical<br />

discussion on the future low carbon energy<br />

systems <strong>and</strong> the role of sustainable <strong>and</strong> efficient<br />

technologies in advancing the <strong>Sustainable</strong><br />

Development Goals <strong>and</strong> climate change<br />

objectives.<br />

While delivering the UAE’s message at the<br />

conference, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al<br />

Zeyoudi said: “<strong>Renewable</strong> energy is at the heart<br />

of the UAE’s sustainable energy trans<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

strategy, with the sec<strong>to</strong>r witnessing remarkable<br />

growth <strong>and</strong> per<strong>for</strong>mance because of its innovative<br />

<strong>and</strong> cost-effective solutions that can meet the<br />

growing dem<strong>and</strong>, especially in remote areas.”<br />

His Excellency added: “The World Scientific<br />

<strong>and</strong> Engineering Congress is a great plat<strong>for</strong>m <strong>to</strong><br />

share our experiences <strong>and</strong> further exp<strong>and</strong> our<br />

global ef<strong>for</strong>ts in fostering dialogue <strong>and</strong> enhancing<br />

cooperation in sustainable energy. The UAE is<br />

a key partner of the Republic of Kazakhstan in<br />

Astana EXPO 2017, <strong>and</strong> we are proud <strong>to</strong> host one<br />

of the largest pavilions at the exhibition.”<br />

He further said: “<strong>Renewable</strong> energy is at the center<br />

of our sustainable energy transition, <strong>and</strong> has been<br />

witnessing a remarkable growth outper<strong>for</strong>ming<br />

conventional power, offering cost-effective<br />

solutions that can meet our growing energy needs<br />

<strong>and</strong> providing much-needed energy access <strong>to</strong><br />

remote communities.”<br />

He explained: “The UAE has been a pioneer in<br />

the global renewable energy l<strong>and</strong>scape over the<br />

last decade, through implementing large-scale<br />

domestic <strong>and</strong> international projects, hosting the<br />

International <strong>Renewable</strong> Energy Agency (IRENA)<br />

in our capital city - Abu Dhabi, <strong>and</strong> convening<br />

international dialogues such as the annual World<br />

<strong>Future</strong> Energy Summit.”<br />

He added: “Most recently, in May 2017, the UAE<br />

started construction of the largest independent<br />

solar power project in the world, in Abu Dhabi.<br />

The “Noor Abu Dhabi” with a capacity of 1,177<br />

MW. The plant not only sets an unprecedented<br />

world record with its size, but also shattered global<br />

energy prices with the lowest solar energy price of<br />

US cents 2.42 per KWh.”<br />

“Our National Energy Strategy 2050, sets a target<br />

of a 50% clean energy share in the <strong>to</strong>tal energy<br />

mix <strong>by</strong> 2050, of which 44% will come from<br />

renewables. The National Climate Change Plan<br />

2050 that was announced just last week, will firmly<br />

set the advancement of clean energy <strong>and</strong> energy<br />

efficiency as our priority. The UAE has dedicated<br />

billions of dirhams in public funds <strong>to</strong> clean energy<br />

research <strong>and</strong> projects, as we recognize that<br />

fostering innovation is key <strong>to</strong> develop an efficient<br />

sustainable energy system <strong>to</strong> facilitate economic<br />

<strong>and</strong> social development,” Al Zeyoudi explained.<br />

Concluding the speech, Dr Thani bin Ahmed<br />

Al Zaidi, reiterated the UAE’s commitment <strong>to</strong><br />

maintaining its leadership position in spreading<br />

renewable energy sources <strong>and</strong> said: In 2020,<br />

the UAE will host EXPO 2020 <strong>Dubai</strong> under<br />

three themes “Opportunity”, “Sustainability” <strong>and</strong><br />

“Mobility”, with the aim of connecting minds <strong>and</strong><br />

creating the future. It will feature renewable energy<br />

prominently through its sustainability theme, <strong>and</strong><br />

the site of the EXPO will be powered 50% from<br />

renewable energy sources including the iconic<br />

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Mak<strong>to</strong>um Solar Park.

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Another Record Breaking Year<br />

<strong>for</strong> <strong>Renewable</strong> Energy<br />

REN21 published its <strong>Renewable</strong>s 2017<br />

Global Status Report (GSR), the most<br />

comprehensive annual overview of the state<br />

of renewable energy.<br />

Additions in installed renewable power<br />

capacity set new records in 2016, with 161<br />

gigawatts (GW) installed, increasing <strong>to</strong>tal<br />

global capacity <strong>by</strong> almost 9% over 2015,<br />

<strong>to</strong> nearly 2,017 GW. Solar PV accounted <strong>for</strong><br />

around 47% of the capacity added, followed<br />

<strong>by</strong> wind power at 34% <strong>and</strong> hydropower at<br />

15.5%.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong>s are becoming the least cost<br />

option. Recent deals in Denmark, Egypt,<br />

India, Mexico, Peru <strong>and</strong> the United Arab<br />

Emirates saw renewable electricity being<br />

delivered at USD 0.05 per kilowatt-hour or<br />

less. This is well below equivalent costs <strong>for</strong><br />

fossil fuel <strong>and</strong> nuclear generating capacity<br />

in each of these countries. Winners of<br />

two recent auctions <strong>for</strong> offshore wind in<br />

Germany have done so relying only on the<br />

wholesale price of power without the need<br />

<strong>for</strong> government support, demonstrating that<br />

renewables can be the least cost option.<br />

The inherent need <strong>for</strong> “baseload” is a myth.<br />

Integrating large shares of variable renewable<br />

generation can be done without fossil<br />

fuel <strong>and</strong> nuclear “baseload” with sufficient<br />

flexibility in the power system – through<br />

grid interconnections, sec<strong>to</strong>r coupling <strong>and</strong><br />

enabling technologies such as ICT, s<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

systems electric vehicles <strong>and</strong> heat pumps.<br />

This sort of flexibility not only balances<br />

variable generation, it also optimizes the<br />

system <strong>and</strong> reduces generation costs overall<br />

It comes as no surprise, there<strong>for</strong>e that the<br />

number of countries successfully managing<br />

peaks approaching or exceeding 100%<br />

electricity generation from renewable sources<br />

are on the rise. In 2016, Denmark <strong>and</strong><br />

Germany, <strong>for</strong> example, successfully managed<br />

peaks of renewables electricity of 140% <strong>and</strong><br />

86.3%, respectively.<br />

Other positive trends include:<br />

Innovations <strong>and</strong> breakthroughs in s<strong>to</strong>rage<br />

technology will increasingly provide additional<br />

flexibility <strong>to</strong> the power system. In 2016,<br />

approximately 0.8 GW of new advanced<br />

energy s<strong>to</strong>rage capacity became operational,<br />

bringing the year-end <strong>to</strong>tal <strong>to</strong> an estimated<br />

6.4 GW.<br />

Markets <strong>for</strong> mini-grids <strong>and</strong> st<strong>and</strong>-alone<br />

systems are evolving rapidly <strong>and</strong> Pay-As-<br />

You-Go (PAYG) business models, supported<br />

<strong>by</strong> mobile technology, are exploding. In<br />

2012, investments in PAYG solar companies<br />

amounted <strong>to</strong> only USD 3 million; <strong>by</strong> 2016 that<br />

figure had risen <strong>to</strong> USD 223 million (up from<br />

USD 158 million in 2015).<br />

Arthouros Zervos, Chair of REN21, said<br />

“The world is adding more renewable power<br />

capacity each year than it adds in new<br />

capacity from all fossil fuels combined.<br />

One of the most important findings of<br />

this year’s GSR, is that holistic, systemic<br />

approaches are key <strong>and</strong> should become<br />

the rule rather than the exception. As the<br />

share of renewables grows we will need<br />

investment in infrastructure as well as a<br />

comprehensive set of <strong>to</strong>ols: integrated <strong>and</strong><br />

interconnected transmission <strong>and</strong> distribution<br />

networks, measures <strong>to</strong> balance supply <strong>and</strong><br />

dem<strong>and</strong>, sec<strong>to</strong>r coupling (<strong>for</strong> example the<br />

integration of power <strong>and</strong> transport networks);<br />

<strong>and</strong> deployment of a wide range of enabling<br />

technologies.<br />

But the energy transition is not happening<br />

fast enough <strong>to</strong> achieve the goals of the Paris<br />


Investments are down. Although global investment in new<br />

renewable power <strong>and</strong> fuel capacity was roughly double<br />

that in fossil fuels, investments in new renewable energy<br />

installations were down 23% compared <strong>to</strong> 2015. Among<br />

developing <strong>and</strong> emerging market countries, renewable<br />

energy investment fell 30%, <strong>to</strong> USD 116.6 billion, while<br />

that of developed countries fell 14% <strong>to</strong> USD 125 billion.<br />

Investment continues <strong>to</strong> be heavily focused on wind <strong>and</strong><br />

solar PV, however all renewable energy technologies need<br />

<strong>to</strong> be deployed in order <strong>to</strong> keep global warming well below<br />

2C.<br />

Transport, heating <strong>and</strong> cooling sec<strong>to</strong>rs continue <strong>to</strong> lag<br />

behind the power sec<strong>to</strong>r. The deployment of renewable<br />

technologies in the heating <strong>and</strong> cooling sec<strong>to</strong>r remains a<br />

challenge in light of the unique <strong>and</strong> distributed nature of<br />

this market. <strong>Renewable</strong>s-based decarbonisation of the<br />

transport sec<strong>to</strong>r is not yet being seriously considered, or<br />

seen as a priority. Despite a significant expansion in the<br />

sales of electric vehicles, primarily due <strong>to</strong> the declining<br />

cost of battery technology, much more needs <strong>to</strong> be done<br />

<strong>to</strong> ensure sufficient infrastructure is in place <strong>and</strong> that they<br />

are powered <strong>by</strong> renewable electricity. While the shipping<br />

<strong>and</strong> aviation sec<strong>to</strong>rs present the greatest challenges,<br />

government policies or commercial disruption have not<br />

sufficiently stimulated the development of solutions.<br />

Fossil fuel subsidies continue <strong>to</strong> impede progress.<br />

Globally, subsidies <strong>for</strong> fossil fuels <strong>and</strong> nuclear power<br />

continue <strong>to</strong> dramatically exceed those <strong>for</strong> renewable<br />

technologies. By the end of 2016 more than 50 countries<br />

had committed <strong>to</strong> phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, <strong>and</strong><br />

some re<strong>for</strong>ms have occurred, but not enough. In 2014<br />

the ratio of fossil fuel subsidies <strong>to</strong> renewable energy<br />

subsidies was 4:1. For every USD 1 spent on renewables,<br />

governments spent USD 4 perpetuating our dependence<br />

on fossil fuels.<br />

Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, explains:<br />

“The world is in a race against time. The single most<br />

important thing we could do <strong>to</strong> reduce CO2 emissions<br />

quickly <strong>and</strong> cost-effectively, is phase-out coal <strong>and</strong> speed<br />

up investments in energy efficiency <strong>and</strong> renewables. When<br />

China announced in January that it was cancelling more<br />

than 100 coal plants currently in development, they set an<br />

example <strong>for</strong> governments everywhere: change happens<br />

quickly when governments act – <strong>by</strong> establishing clear,<br />

long-term policy <strong>and</strong> financial signals <strong>and</strong> incentives.”

Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

ABB: Partners For A Clean <strong>Future</strong><br />

Pioneering technology leader helps bring renewable power <strong>to</strong> the UAE<br />

The UAE has the world’s seventh largest<br />

reserves of oil <strong>and</strong> gas, <strong>and</strong> even so, is planning<br />

<strong>for</strong> a future beyond oil. The recently announced<br />

UAE 2050 strategy adopts 50% of the sources<br />

of power generation as green sources. This<br />

new energy strategy is set <strong>to</strong> save up <strong>to</strong><br />

AED700 billion <strong>by</strong> 2050, according <strong>to</strong> Suhail bin<br />

Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of<br />

Energy.<br />

The country is investing in some of the world’s<br />

largest solar power plants, <strong>and</strong> is at the <strong>for</strong>efront<br />

of innovation in technologies such as highefficiency<br />

solar-powered desalination.<br />

As the hosts of the International <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

Energy Agency, the UAE is promoting best<br />

practice in policy, technology <strong>and</strong> financing of<br />

renewable energy around the world.<br />

A prominent <strong>and</strong> iconic project taking shape<br />

<strong>to</strong> fulfill the UAE’s renewable vision is the<br />

Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in <strong>Dubai</strong>.<br />

The MBR Solar Park is the largest single-site<br />

solar park in the world based on the IPP model,<br />

<strong>and</strong> is instrumental <strong>to</strong> the <strong>Dubai</strong> Clean Energy<br />

Strategy 2050. The solar park’s production<br />

capacity will reach 5,000 MW <strong>by</strong> 2030 with<br />

investments <strong>to</strong>taling Dh50 billion ($13.6 billion).<br />

It will eventually save over 6.5 million <strong>to</strong>ns of<br />

carbon emissions every year, supporting <strong>Dubai</strong>’s<br />

objectives <strong>to</strong> promote its sustainable goals.<br />

ABB has successfully energized a major<br />

substation that will help evacuate power from<br />

the Solar Park. The 400/132 kilovolt (kV) gasinsulated<br />

switchgear (GIS) substation has been<br />

built <strong>for</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> & <strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong><br />

(<strong>DEWA</strong>), <strong>to</strong> connect the second phase of the<br />

40 <strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

MBR Solar Park <strong>and</strong> integrate 200 megawatts<br />

(MW) of electricity <strong>to</strong> the transmission grid. The<br />

utility scale solar pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic plant, which covers<br />

4.5 square kilometers, will produce enough<br />

electricity <strong>to</strong> serve more than 130,000 people.<br />

ABB shares <strong>DEWA</strong>’s vision <strong>to</strong> build a future that’s<br />

smart, clean <strong>and</strong> sustainable. The company<br />

spends about $1.5 billion annually on research<br />

<strong>and</strong> development <strong>to</strong> ensure that the technology<br />

<strong>and</strong> its expertise remain at the <strong>for</strong>efront.<br />

The increasing dem<strong>and</strong> <strong>for</strong> power sources that<br />

emit less carbon <strong>and</strong> are more sustainable<br />

is driving utility-scale solar power generation<br />

growth at an unprecedented rate. However, the<br />

electrical grid was designed <strong>to</strong> deliver a planned<br />

<strong>and</strong> stable supply of power from centrally<br />

located power sources, via the transmission <strong>and</strong><br />

distribution lines, <strong>to</strong> end users.<br />

ABB engineers plan <strong>and</strong> constantly recalibrate<br />

the grid <strong>to</strong> ensure that power is available where<br />

it is needed at the precise moment it is needed.<br />

Adding energy sources that are variable,<br />

intermittent <strong>and</strong> distributed throughout the<br />

transmission <strong>and</strong> distribution network requires<br />

significant additional control <strong>and</strong> precision <strong>to</strong><br />

make sure dem<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> supply are aligned.<br />

At ABB’s Al Quoz facility, a 315 KW solar power<br />

plant has been installed. The energy produced at<br />

the plant supplies ABB offices with electricity <strong>and</strong><br />

transfers surplus energy in<strong>to</strong> <strong>DEWA</strong>’s network.<br />

This supports the Shams <strong>Dubai</strong> initiative, which<br />

was launched <strong>by</strong> <strong>DEWA</strong> <strong>and</strong> allows cus<strong>to</strong>mers<br />

<strong>to</strong> install pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic panels on their roof<strong>to</strong>ps<br />

<strong>to</strong> generate electricity from solar power, <strong>and</strong><br />

connect the systems <strong>to</strong> <strong>DEWA</strong>’s grid, creating,<br />

producing <strong>and</strong> using energy.<br />

“We are happy <strong>to</strong> hear that <strong>Dubai</strong> is installing 100<br />

electric vehicle charging stations across the city<br />

<strong>and</strong> also building a new <strong>DEWA</strong> headquarters,<br />

which promises <strong>to</strong> be an energy efficient<br />

pro<strong>to</strong>type <strong>for</strong> smart buildings.<br />

We, at ABB, share your vision <strong>to</strong> build a future<br />

that’s smart, clean <strong>and</strong> sustainable. We are proud<br />

<strong>to</strong> partner <strong>and</strong> deliver <strong>to</strong> some of the largest<br />

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Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

solar projects across the world,” said Mostafa<br />

AlGuezeri, Managing Direc<strong>to</strong>r, ABB, UAE <strong>and</strong><br />

Gulf Countries.<br />

Supporting <strong>Dubai</strong>’s vision of building a worldclass<br />

smart city, the <strong>Sustainable</strong> City is<br />

becoming the first fully integrated community<br />

powered completely <strong>by</strong> solar energy. To help<br />

achieve this miles<strong>to</strong>ne, the development will<br />

rely on 400 ABB string inverters <strong>to</strong> harness the<br />

power of the sun <strong>for</strong> the residents.<br />

Conceived <strong>and</strong> built <strong>by</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong>-based Diamond<br />

Developers, the <strong>Sustainable</strong> City is the new<br />

home <strong>to</strong> some 2,000 people in an area of nearly<br />

500,000 square meters. When at full capacity,<br />

it will eventually generate 10 megawatt-peak<br />

(MWp) of power from solar panels on private <strong>and</strong><br />

public buildings within the city. As well as solar<br />

powered homes, the <strong>Sustainable</strong> City features<br />

solar powered chargers <strong>for</strong> electric cars; a hotel<br />

powered 100 percent <strong>by</strong> solar energy <strong>and</strong> the<br />

Diamond Innovation Centre, the first educational<br />

institute <strong>to</strong> use net zero energy over its lifetime.<br />

Working closely with the developers <strong>to</strong> design<br />

the solar power system <strong>for</strong> the villas, ABB<br />

supplied a string inverter demonstration unit at<br />

the start of the project <strong>to</strong> prove it could cope<br />

with the high outdoor temperatures experienced<br />

in <strong>Dubai</strong>.<br />

Models supplied under the contract were the<br />

PVI 5000, PVI 12.5, TRIO 7.5 <strong>and</strong> TRIO 8.5. ABB<br />

also supplied inverters <strong>for</strong> a 1.4 megawatt (MW)<br />

parking lot solar roof project. This will charge<br />

the electric cars, which will only power vehicles<br />

allowed within the city limits.<br />

Iconic renewable projects<br />

ABB has been established in the Middle<br />

East since 1926 <strong>and</strong> has the honor of being<br />

associated with l<strong>and</strong>mark projects like the Burj<br />

Khalifa, Yas Viceroy , <strong>Dubai</strong> Metro – <strong>to</strong> name a<br />

few; ABB has been playing a vital role in bringing<br />

clean power across the globe <strong>for</strong> over 100 years.<br />

Some recent projects <strong>for</strong> the company include<br />

powering the world’s largest floating solar<br />

pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic test bed in Singapore.<br />

L<strong>and</strong> scarcity has severely limited Singapore’s<br />

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Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong> courtesy of ABB<br />

adoption of solar power. Floating panels could<br />

be eleven percent more efficient than solar<br />

panels placed on precious l<strong>and</strong>. Pioneering<br />

technology leader ABB is providing critical<br />

components on a l<strong>and</strong>mark one megawatt<br />

floating solar pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic test-bed. It<br />

measures 1 hectare or 1.5 football fields. The<br />

energy generated will be fed in<strong>to</strong> the national<br />

energy grid, providing electricity <strong>for</strong> up <strong>to</strong> 250<br />

households.<br />

ABB has also recently commissioned <strong>and</strong><br />

h<strong>and</strong>ed over the DolWin2 offshore wind<br />

transmission link <strong>to</strong> the Dutch-German<br />

transmission system opera<strong>to</strong>r TenneT.<br />

DolWin2 is the third offshore wind connection<br />

project that ABB has executed <strong>for</strong> TenneT<br />

in Germany’s North Sea, following BorWin1<br />

<strong>and</strong> DolWin1. The high voltage direct current<br />

(HVDC) link connects offshore wind farms <strong>to</strong> the<br />

mainl<strong>and</strong> grid, <strong>and</strong> has the capacity <strong>to</strong> supply<br />

more than a million households with renewable<br />

energy.<br />

DolWin2 supports Germany’s “Energiewende”<br />

roadmap, which aims <strong>to</strong> generate more than 6.5<br />

gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind power <strong>by</strong> 2020,<br />

<strong>and</strong> 15 GW <strong>by</strong> 2030.<br />

“As a pioneering technology leader in<br />

electrification products, robotics <strong>and</strong> motion,<br />

industrial au<strong>to</strong>mation <strong>and</strong> power grids,<br />

ABB <strong>to</strong>day is writing the future of industrial<br />

digitalization <strong>and</strong> driving the Energy <strong>and</strong> Fourth<br />

Industrial Revolutions,” adds AlGuezeri. “We are<br />

proud of our projects across the globe <strong>and</strong> in the<br />

region <strong>and</strong> are committed <strong>to</strong> continue supporting<br />

utility providers like <strong>DEWA</strong> in bringing world<br />

class technology <strong>to</strong> smart cities like <strong>Dubai</strong>,” he<br />

said.<br />

ABB operates in more than 100 countries with<br />

about 132,000 employees.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Will PAYG Be The<br />

Next Leapfrog That<br />

Disrupts Traditional<br />

Economies?<br />

Stefan Zelazny<br />

Chief In<strong>for</strong>mation Officer<br />

Mobisol<br />

When Mobile Money had its breakthrough in East Africa<br />

some five years ago it was seen as a regional answer <strong>to</strong><br />

an existing deficit. A second-best solution <strong>to</strong> the lack of<br />

traditional banking. This view has changed dramatically.<br />

Mobile Banking is now clearly a disruptive technology<br />

that will change the classical consumer banking sec<strong>to</strong>r<br />

in countries that have a traditionally developed banking<br />

sec<strong>to</strong>r. New, cus<strong>to</strong>mer-centric <strong>and</strong> “mobile first” banks<br />

become popular in Europe <strong>and</strong> the US. Alipay is going <strong>to</strong><br />

be the most popular consumer payment system in China<br />

<strong>and</strong> on the brink <strong>to</strong> spread out in<strong>to</strong> the world. Traditional<br />

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anks have more <strong>and</strong> more problems competing<br />

with these challengers.<br />

The Mobile Money example shows that<br />

technologies <strong>and</strong> processes we have known<br />

<strong>for</strong> years <strong>and</strong> thought <strong>to</strong> be immutable can be<br />

disrupted within a very short period of time. The<br />

question that arises here is: what will be the<br />

next leapfrog technology that will be developed<br />

in Africa, succeeds there <strong>and</strong> then disrupts the<br />

traditional economies?<br />

Let’s have a look at Pay As You Go (PAYG). This<br />

technology allows the au<strong>to</strong>mated enabling <strong>and</strong><br />

disabling of use cases depending on repayment<br />

status <strong>for</strong> financed products. The biggest<br />

representation of this technology is the off grid<br />

solar sec<strong>to</strong>r in East Africa. One million PAYG<br />

enabled solar products have been sold in 2016<br />

alone. The yearly growth rates are tremendous.<br />

The technology was introduced in East Africa<br />

around 2010 <strong>and</strong> has proven <strong>to</strong> be an effective<br />

method <strong>to</strong> keep down operational costs of<br />

collecting repayments from cus<strong>to</strong>mers in rural<br />

<strong>and</strong> remote areas. Compared <strong>to</strong> the traditional<br />

brick <strong>and</strong> mortar Micro-Finance Institutions<br />

approach, the costs of financial operations went<br />

down dramatically. This allowed the distribu<strong>to</strong>rs<br />

of PAYG enabled solar products <strong>to</strong> reach more<br />

<strong>and</strong> more people with low incomes. Right now,<br />

the technology is predicted <strong>to</strong> be the “silver<br />

bullet” <strong>for</strong> solar home system distribution<br />

(​http://hystra.com/a2e​).<br />

But what is PAYG really about? In a nutshell -<br />

it leapfrogs the missing trust that is normally<br />

created through the reliability of a legal system.<br />

In traditional economies, trust between business<br />

partners is artificially created through the<br />

governmental guarantee of a legal system. If your<br />

business counterpart does not pay its bill - you<br />

go <strong>to</strong> court. This works well <strong>and</strong> allows - even<br />

across borders - the modern economies <strong>to</strong> work<br />

at all.<br />

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In rural sub-Saharan Africa, the legal system is<br />

not capable enough <strong>to</strong> provide the functionality<br />

described above. Business partners cannot<br />

trust each other on this base. This is the point<br />

where PAYG kicks in. Disabling <strong>and</strong> enabling the<br />

use of a financed consumer good increases the<br />

likeliness of repayment enormously.<br />

It allows business <strong>by</strong> technology in areas<br />

where legal en<strong>for</strong>cement is hardly possible.<br />

Introducing PAYG enables sub-Saharan African<br />

cus<strong>to</strong>mers <strong>to</strong> participate in the worldwide flow<br />

of capital - it includes them financially. This is<br />

achieved without implementing a working legal<br />

en<strong>for</strong>cement regime or good governance rules.<br />

But if we don’t need a very expansive legal<br />

en<strong>for</strong>cement regime - will that turn out as a<br />

significant macro-economic competitive edge<br />

of the developing countries compared <strong>to</strong> the<br />

traditional economies?<br />

Why should PAYG only work in areas where<br />

the legal system is lacking capacity? It can be<br />

a competitive advantage even in traditional<br />

economies. Following the legal path can be very<br />

time consuming, risky <strong>and</strong> expensive. There is<br />

an old German saying “Vor Gericht und auf hoher<br />

See sind wir in Gottes H<strong>and</strong>” - “at court <strong>and</strong> at<br />

high seas we are in god’s h<strong>and</strong>s”.<br />

Will we see the application of PAYG in traditional<br />

economies when selling high profile goods on<br />

loan as response <strong>to</strong> that competitive edge? Will<br />

your car s<strong>to</strong>p working if you s<strong>to</strong>p paying your<br />

monthly leasing fees? Will your smart home lock<br />

its door when you are late on your mortgage?<br />

Where is the difference <strong>to</strong> your utility that s<strong>to</strong>ps<br />

delivering electricity or gas if you don’t pay the<br />

bills be<strong>for</strong>e taking legal actions?<br />

PAYG technology is designed <strong>to</strong> work<br />

au<strong>to</strong>matically <strong>and</strong> on very low operating costs<br />

- a tremendous advantage <strong>to</strong> traditional legal<br />

actions. It can be applied <strong>to</strong> all goods that need<br />

electronics <strong>to</strong> work - it will become harder <strong>and</strong><br />

harder <strong>to</strong> find goods that don’t need electronics<br />

<strong>to</strong> work properly. With the further spread of<br />

IoT, we will have the infrastructure ready that<br />

is needed <strong>for</strong> sophisticated PAYG technology.<br />

Companies that are <strong>for</strong>erunners in this sec<strong>to</strong>r can<br />

become market leaders not only in Africa but in<br />

traditional economies as well.<br />

We have been looking at infrastructural <strong>and</strong><br />

social deficits <strong>to</strong>o long as a problem but<br />

not as a chance <strong>to</strong> do things more efficient,<br />

more sustainable <strong>and</strong> just better than we<br />

have been used <strong>to</strong>. Mobile Money, Solar off<br />

grid electrification <strong>and</strong> PAYG - I believe these<br />

developments will change the world as we know<br />

it now because they are better solutions than<br />

what the traditional economies have <strong>to</strong> offer <strong>and</strong> I<br />

am more than curious what comes next.<br />

As Chief In<strong>for</strong>mation Officer, Stefan is responsible <strong>for</strong> Mobisol’s general Software <strong>and</strong> IT Agenda.<br />

He is heading Mobisol’s disruptive development strategy, leading the company’s mission <strong>to</strong>wards<br />

providing reliable solar energy <strong>to</strong> millions of people in developing <strong>and</strong> emerging markets. Being<br />

a trained lawyer <strong>and</strong> having set up various IT startups be<strong>for</strong>e joining the Berlin-based Mobisol,<br />

Stefan combines management skills with creativity <strong>and</strong> entrepreneurial thinking. Mobisol has been<br />

active in the decentralized solar sec<strong>to</strong>r since 2012 <strong>and</strong> has supplied over 80,000 households <strong>and</strong><br />

small businesses with high-quality solar components <strong>and</strong> DC appliances <strong>to</strong> date.

Connecting The Dots:<br />

For A <strong>Sustainable</strong> Emirate<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Carbon Centre of Excellence is a<br />

disruptive market enabler of green economy in<br />

the Middle East, over the past decade we have<br />

successfully established ourselves as the only<br />

environmental economics & finance consultant<br />

in the region with experience in ambitious<br />

resource efficiency projects <strong>and</strong> promoter of a<br />

monetizable carbon assets. We play the role of<br />

enabler <strong>for</strong> the private sec<strong>to</strong>r <strong>by</strong> public sec<strong>to</strong>r<br />

norms, legislations, strategies <strong>and</strong> approaches.<br />

So, what we do predominantly, is translate a<br />

message of public engagement in<strong>to</strong> business<br />

opportunities & practices.<br />

Established as a Private Joint S<strong>to</strong>ck Company<br />

(PJSC) shared between <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Electricity</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Water</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (<strong>DEWA</strong>), Emirates National Oil<br />

Company (ENOC), ​Emirates Central Cooling<br />

Systems Corporation (EMPOWER)​<strong>and</strong> ​Dubal,<br />

we work in partnership with UNDP <strong>to</strong> harness<br />

the green growth potential of <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>and</strong> UAE.<br />

We are a team of 23 full-time employees working<br />

<strong>to</strong>wards achieving green goals set <strong>by</strong> <strong>Dubai</strong>, <strong>and</strong><br />

at the same time providing advisory on resource<br />

efficiency, sustainability, <strong>and</strong> renewable energy<br />

adoption. All the while spreading awareness<br />

with our knowledge publications <strong>and</strong> capacity<br />

building programmes <strong>for</strong> a sustainable <strong>to</strong>morrow.<br />

For us, sustainability is resource efficiency,<br />

<strong>and</strong> our ef<strong>for</strong>ts focus on bridging the gap<br />

<strong>and</strong> bringing <strong>to</strong>gether private players, the<br />

government <strong>and</strong> the general public <strong>to</strong> make<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> the most sustainable city. To realise this,<br />

we work with a number of entities in building<br />

projects <strong>and</strong> knowledge reposi<strong>to</strong>ries, as well as<br />

spread awareness, <strong>to</strong> mitigate climate change<br />

in the UAE. We believe that change from within<br />

public <strong>and</strong> private organisations can support<br />

sustainable development throughout the<br />

Emirate of <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>and</strong> the UAE. We do this <strong>by</strong><br />

benchmarking areas of the carbon value chain<br />

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that can be optimized through market-based<br />

mechanisms—<strong>to</strong> promote the involvement of<br />

business in the low-carbon economy.<br />

We develop, implement <strong>and</strong> manage GHG<br />

emission reduction projects with a particular<br />

focus on highly innovative Programmes of<br />

Activities (PoAs) <strong>and</strong> deliver the generated carbon<br />

credits <strong>to</strong> our clients with reduction obligations in<br />

the most reliable way. Our consultancy portfolio<br />

exp<strong>and</strong>s <strong>to</strong> renewable energy, green economy<br />

<strong>and</strong> carbon abatement. We have successfully<br />

registered a number of Clean Development<br />

Mechanism (CDM) projects that generate credits,<br />

which comply with the strict requirements of<br />

international market st<strong>and</strong>ards. Thus, our projects<br />

not only help <strong>to</strong> mitigate climate change, but also<br />

support sustainable development, <strong>and</strong> promote<br />

the transfer of innovative green technologies that<br />

support organisations in increasing their efficiency<br />

<strong>and</strong> offsetting carbon emissions.<br />

Sustainability is a holistic concept, <strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong> achieve<br />

this, it is imperative that the general population<br />

has a green frame of mind. So, we also strive<br />

<strong>to</strong> put the right message through <strong>to</strong> general<br />

public with our peacemakers. We have recently<br />

launched a first of its kind social experiment,<br />

which focus on underst<strong>and</strong>ing lifestyle habits of<br />

the general public. The benchmark experiment<br />

will compare <strong>and</strong> evaluate consumption patterns,<br />

resource efficiency <strong>and</strong> waste management. The<br />

social experiment requires consumers <strong>to</strong> provide<br />

data on domestic waste one creates, as well as<br />

on transportation, electricity <strong>and</strong> water. The ability<br />

<strong>to</strong> map individual behavioural patterns is key<br />

<strong>to</strong>wards boosting efficient use of resources, <strong>and</strong><br />

help in reducing carbon footprint. On the other<br />

h<strong>and</strong>, this data-centric approach is also expected<br />

<strong>to</strong> help in building a foundation <strong>for</strong> government<br />

policies, <strong>and</strong> drive change in the way people<br />

utilise resources in their day-<strong>to</strong>-day life.<br />

We are always excited about new attractive<br />

projects in the fields of renewable energy<br />

<strong>and</strong> energy efficiency that bring changes on<br />

a grassroots level <strong>to</strong> build environmentally<br />

conscious organisations <strong>and</strong> individuals. Our<br />

team is a group of passionate individuals trying<br />

<strong>to</strong> practice what we preach when it comes <strong>to</strong><br />

sustainable living. We have our weekly dose of<br />

creativity every Sunday when we hold think-tank

meetings with the team. Here we do not just<br />

discuss the status of our projects, but address<br />

strategic decisions required in specific projects<br />

or activities where team members may require<br />

support. Each one of us has a goal <strong>to</strong> achieve<br />

<strong>and</strong> we support each other <strong>and</strong> our partners<br />

meet them <strong>by</strong> providing tailor-made solutions<br />

that help in fulfilling emission reduction targets.<br />

Our greatest asset is making our partners<br />

succeed with their project, activities <strong>and</strong><br />

strategies. This success comes from the fact<br />

that we are the only regional think tank that<br />

focuses on environmental economics. We<br />

challenge the conventional <strong>to</strong> bring in best<br />

practices, with the goal of creating a sustainable<br />

<strong>and</strong> safer world <strong>for</strong> generations <strong>to</strong> come. And<br />

our way of doing this is <strong>by</strong> continuing the<br />

‘Pursuit of Excellence’.<br />

Resource Efficiency is the most important<br />

part of sustainable practices, hence we<br />

focus on emission reduction projects (ERPs),<br />

which improves the operational efficiency <strong>to</strong><br />

enhance profitability. And we have successfully<br />

conducted ERPs <strong>for</strong> <strong>DEWA</strong>, Emirates Global<br />

Aluminium (EGA), Emirates Transport, Du, <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Police, <strong>to</strong> name a few, <strong>to</strong> help them<br />

achieve resource efficiency. At <strong>Dubai</strong> Carbon,<br />

we keep challenging best practices <strong>and</strong> enable<br />

the GCC <strong>and</strong> the MENA region <strong>to</strong> replicate <strong>and</strong><br />

scale success s<strong>to</strong>ries.<br />

One of our successful projects that has<br />

brought huge returns is the <strong>Green</strong> Economy<br />

Framework <strong>for</strong> RTA, which includes investment<br />

grade analysis, renewable projects with zero<br />

investment from the client, <strong>and</strong> this adds a<br />

fac<strong>to</strong>r of up <strong>to</strong> 20% on their operating expense.<br />

We have also successfully conducted National<br />

Inven<strong>to</strong>ry Systems (NIS) <strong>for</strong> a number of<br />

countries in the GCC, including UAE, Oman,<br />

Bahrain Kuwait <strong>and</strong> Iraq. Carbon emissions<br />

are the lowest common denomina<strong>to</strong>r <strong>for</strong><br />

all resources - energy, water, supplies, raw<br />

materials, time process, travel - <strong>and</strong> can<br />

measure <strong>and</strong> benchmark resource efficiency at<br />

every level. We are here <strong>to</strong> help organisations<br />

underst<strong>and</strong> how <strong>to</strong> evaluate <strong>and</strong> mitigate this.<br />

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We cater <strong>to</strong> a very niche market <strong>and</strong> intend<br />

<strong>to</strong> focus on augmenting green economy in<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong>. To support <strong>Dubai</strong>’s transition <strong>to</strong> a<br />

sustainable <strong>and</strong> green city, we bring <strong>to</strong>gether<br />

organisations through projects <strong>and</strong> partnerships<br />

that are anchored on sustainable practices,<br />

which improve efficiency <strong>and</strong> profitability <strong>for</strong><br />

all parties involved. We are the nexus between<br />

environment <strong>and</strong> economy, <strong>and</strong> aim <strong>to</strong> keep<br />

an active compendium of successful initiatives<br />

<strong>and</strong> knowledge sharing, in general, <strong>for</strong> the UAE<br />

community. Together with partners, we drive<br />

financial instruments <strong>to</strong> facilitate green economy<br />

penetration.<br />

Moreover, the region is a fantastic playing field of<br />

sustainability because a number of major players<br />

are making sustainability a part of their scope<br />

of operations, <strong>and</strong> renewable energy is taking<br />

the centre stage as the major source of energy.<br />

In the process, creating dem<strong>and</strong>s innovation in<br />

the green technology sphere. <strong>Dubai</strong>, as usual,<br />

is leading in terms of facilitating green economy<br />

sec<strong>to</strong>r, with the announcement of <strong>Dubai</strong> <strong>Green</strong><br />

Fund, which will support individuals <strong>and</strong><br />

organisations <strong>to</strong> secure low-interest loans <strong>for</strong><br />

green projects.<br />

All in all, sustainable green technologies have a<br />

bright future in the GCC, with strong business<br />

interests <strong>and</strong> sufficient resources <strong>to</strong> invest in<br />

R&D. There is growing dem<strong>and</strong> <strong>for</strong> engineering<br />

talents from various fields in the environmental<br />

sec<strong>to</strong>r, take <strong>for</strong> example, we have 9 engineers<br />

from 6 different backgrounds.<br />

Enhanced financial support <strong>and</strong> skill<br />

development are imperative <strong>for</strong> the growth of<br />

green economy.<br />

Advice <strong>for</strong> Young Engineers<br />

I would advise the Generation Y engineers <strong>to</strong><br />

create their own success, <strong>by</strong> finding a niche.<br />

It’s not so difficult <strong>to</strong> achieve success once you<br />

have found that one thing you are passionate<br />

about, so focus on something specific. I<br />

remember giving advice <strong>to</strong> a young engineer<br />

<strong>to</strong> focus on IPP legal frameworks around 10<br />

years ago. Now he is one of the few specialised<br />

engineers in the area in the region.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Ivano Iannelli<br />

CEO<br />

<strong>Dubai</strong> Carbon<br />

Ivano is currently managing <strong>Dubai</strong> Carbon<br />

Centre of Excellence, the <strong>Dubai</strong>-based<br />

environmental economics think-tank in<br />

partnership with United Nations <strong>and</strong> World<br />

Bank. He has 20 years of experience in<br />

development economics of which half in<br />

the region. He currently oversees the UAE’s<br />

greenhouse gases inven<strong>to</strong>ry <strong>and</strong> strategies <strong>for</strong><br />

numerous government entities <strong>and</strong> industries,<br />

including private sec<strong>to</strong>r companies.<br />

Ivano has special expertise in:<br />

• CO​2​abatement strategies, management<br />

processes, moni<strong>to</strong>ring <strong>and</strong> reporting<br />

• Development economics modelling, at<br />

micro <strong>and</strong> macro level<br />

• Environmental Finance, investment, funds,<br />

<strong>and</strong> funding mechanism<br />

• UAE specific knowledge of energy <strong>and</strong> CO​2<br />

He holds an MBA from Coventry (UK), a<br />

Master’s degree in Development Economics<br />

from University of Western Cape (South<br />

Africa) <strong>and</strong> more recently a disruptive<br />

innovation specialization from Harvard<br />

business school.<br />

He has been a part of this industry <strong>for</strong> the past<br />

20 years.<br />


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Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson Scales New Heights; Gets<br />

Awarded the World’s Largest Solar PV Plant<br />

Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson, one of the dominant global<br />

<strong>for</strong>ces in the solar- PV space, has bagged Turnkey<br />

Engineering Procurement <strong>and</strong> Construction along<br />

with Operation & Maintenance contract <strong>for</strong> the<br />

world’s largest single location solar PV plant in<br />

Sweihan, Emirates of Abu Dhabi. The project will<br />

deliver a capacity of 1177 MWp, easily surpassing<br />

the current largest 850 MWp single location plant<br />

in China.<br />

With construction already underway, the<br />

prodigious plant, which is spread over a desert<br />

area of 7.8 sq. km, is scheduled <strong>to</strong> be fully<br />

integrated with the grid in a record timeline of just<br />

23 months. To <strong>to</strong>p it all, the project was awarded<br />

at the lowest ever recorded bid in the his<strong>to</strong>ry of PV<br />

solar.<br />

The plant is jointly developed <strong>by</strong> Marubeni, a<br />

Japanese integrated trading <strong>and</strong> investment<br />

giant, along with Jinko, a global leader in<br />

the solar industry, <strong>and</strong> Abu Dhabi <strong>Water</strong> <strong>and</strong><br />

<strong>Electricity</strong> <strong>Authority</strong> (ADWEA). The consortium<br />

has successfully bid a tariff of USD 2.42 cents per<br />

kilowatt hour, marking the lowest cost ever <strong>for</strong><br />

solar power. This is a positive demonstration of<br />

the promising future of clean energy, reducing the<br />

dominance of fossil-fuel- backed power plants.<br />

The prestigious project will play a major role in<br />

the Emirates of Abu Dhabi achieving its aim of<br />

sustainability <strong>and</strong> energy diversification, through<br />

the use of clean energy/low carbon growth in<br />

accordance with the world’s vision of long-term<br />

environmental stewardship.<br />

The plant, once commissioned, would save around<br />

7 million <strong>to</strong>nnes of carbon emissions every year, a<br />

number that would be a national l<strong>and</strong>mark. To put<br />

it in perspective, 1177 MWp can power around<br />

1,95,000 homes, thus contributing <strong>to</strong> the welfare of<br />

the current as well as the future generations of the<br />

people of the UAE.<br />

“We are fully geared <strong>and</strong> very excited <strong>to</strong> be a part<br />

of this important miles<strong>to</strong>ne in the global solar<br />

market”, said Bikesh Ogra, President – <strong>Renewable</strong><br />

Energy, Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson.<br />

Owing <strong>to</strong> the favorable government policies, India<br />

is now the 3rd largest market <strong>for</strong> solar in the world,<br />

allowing Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson the opportunity <strong>to</strong><br />

become the leading solar EPC in the country. The<br />

company has created a global br<strong>and</strong> <strong>and</strong> has now<br />

grown <strong>to</strong> be the world’s largest solar EPC player<br />

outside USA <strong>and</strong> China.<br />

Laying emphasis on the need <strong>to</strong> be competitive,<br />

he further added, “The strongest contribu<strong>to</strong>r <strong>to</strong><br />

this tariff is the capital expense driven <strong>by</strong> lower<br />

equipment cost <strong>and</strong> a highly efficient system<br />

design. Our unique design offerings <strong>and</strong> stateof-the-art<br />

robotics optimizes the yield <strong>and</strong><br />

per<strong>for</strong>mance of the plant.”<br />

Sterling <strong>and</strong> Wilson also has <strong>to</strong> its credit >1400<br />

MW of best per<strong>for</strong>ming solar power plants in<br />

various geographies with a powerhouse of more<br />

than 3000 qualified engineers, project managers<br />

<strong>and</strong> designers.<br />

As the acceleration of growth in the energy<br />

sec<strong>to</strong>r has increased worldwide, Sterling <strong>and</strong><br />

Wilson has ventured in<strong>to</strong> the wind <strong>and</strong> energy<br />

s<strong>to</strong>rage sec<strong>to</strong>rs, covering the entire canvas in the<br />

renewable sec<strong>to</strong>r. Backed <strong>by</strong> its robust resources<br />

in project management, project implementation<br />

<strong>and</strong> project engineering, with projects completed<br />

in the Philippines <strong>and</strong> South Africa, <strong>and</strong> a number<br />

of projects in Zambia, Niger <strong>and</strong> Morocco under<br />

construction, the company is fully geared <strong>to</strong> deliver<br />

more than 3000 MW every year.

The Technology Behind the<br />

World’s Largest Floating<br />

Pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic Power Plant<br />

L<strong>and</strong> scarcity has severely limited<br />

Singapore’s adoption of solar power.<br />

Floating solar panels may be a viable<br />

alternative <strong>for</strong> the city-state surrounded<br />

<strong>by</strong> water. Floating panels could be eleven<br />

percent more efficient than solar panels<br />

placed on precious l<strong>and</strong>. Pioneering<br />

technology leader ABB is providing critical<br />

components on a l<strong>and</strong>mark one megawatt<br />

floating solar pho<strong>to</strong>voltaic test-bed. It<br />

measures 1 hectare or 1.5 football fields.<br />

The energy generated will be fed in<strong>to</strong> the<br />

national energy grid, providing electricity<br />

<strong>for</strong> up <strong>to</strong> 250 households.<br />

“We are proud <strong>to</strong> support this<br />

important project in Singapore with our<br />

technological expertise <strong>and</strong> domain<br />

knowledge,” said Tarak Mehta, president<br />

of ABB’s Electrification Products division.<br />

“This project is perfectly aligned with our<br />

Next Level strategy around the energy<br />

revolution <strong>and</strong> is an important step in<br />

collaborating with partners <strong>to</strong> bring more<br />

renewables in<strong>to</strong> the future energy mix.”<br />

Located in the Tengeh Reservoir in<br />

west Singapore, the installation features<br />

multiple solar solutions from providers<br />

<strong>to</strong> study the per<strong>for</strong>mance <strong>and</strong> costeffectiveness<br />

of floating solar plat<strong>for</strong>ms.<br />

ABB supplied 100 kW of market-leading<br />

TRIO-50 solar inverters <strong>to</strong> Phoenix Solar,<br />

one of several system integra<strong>to</strong>rs <strong>for</strong> the<br />

project. These essential components<br />

convert the direct current produced in<br />

solar panels in<strong>to</strong> alternating current <strong>for</strong><br />

use in electrical grids. Additionally, ABB<br />

low-voltage molded case <strong>and</strong> miniature<br />

circuit breakers protect the electrical<br />

circuits on the water.<br />

n Singapore – a country with an area of<br />

only 719 square km <strong>and</strong> a population of<br />

5.6 million – high average annual solar<br />

irradiation of about 1,500 kWh/m2 makes<br />

solar an attractive source of renewable<br />

energy. Floating solar plat<strong>for</strong>ms will be<br />

naturally cooled <strong>by</strong> the surrounding water,<br />

which increases the efficiency of the<br />

energy yields significantly. A study has<br />

found that the natural cooling effect of the<br />

water beneath the solar cells makes them<br />

up <strong>to</strong> 11 percent more efficient than solar<br />

panels placed on l<strong>and</strong>. In a synergistic<br />

effect, the floating plat<strong>for</strong>m helps reduce<br />

evaporation of the valuable water.

Thermal S<strong>to</strong>rage: The <strong>Green</strong>est Way To Boost PV Self-Consumption<br />

The energy used <strong>for</strong> heating hot water <strong>for</strong> sanitary<br />

purpose (or other purposes) is a rather relevant item<br />

of expense in families, hotels, communities <strong>and</strong><br />

fac<strong>to</strong>ries, but it can be easily decreased thanks <strong>to</strong><br />

solar panels <strong>and</strong> thermal s<strong>to</strong>rage.<br />

Many houses are already equipped with electric<br />

boilers <strong>and</strong> hot water s<strong>to</strong>rage tanks, thus they can<br />

be upgraded thanks <strong>to</strong> solar PV plants <strong>and</strong> <strong>to</strong> new<br />

technologies <strong>to</strong> exploit the potential of renewable<br />

energies.<br />

This is an interesting opportunity indeed: the<br />

use of clean energy <strong>for</strong> activating an immersion<br />

heater using self-consumption only, offers clear<br />

advantages <strong>to</strong> reduce the energy bills <strong>and</strong> the<br />

environmental impact.<br />

One of the many benefits of heating water with an<br />

immersion tank is that power consumptions can be<br />

moni<strong>to</strong>red in real time, thus allowing <strong>to</strong> modulate<br />

the power absorbed <strong>by</strong> a load. This way, it is<br />

possible <strong>to</strong> use only the surplus energy produced<br />

<strong>by</strong> solar PV systems, without drawing any energy<br />

from the grid.<br />

4-noks Power Reducer control unit – designed<br />

<strong>and</strong> manufactured in Italy <strong>by</strong> Astrel Group – was<br />

specifically created <strong>to</strong> use at its best the immersion<br />

heater: Power Reducer exploits homegrown energy<br />

adjusting au<strong>to</strong>matically <strong>and</strong> in real time the power<br />

diverted <strong>to</strong> the water heater depending on the<br />

surplus energy available, even few hundred watts.<br />

The result? Self-consumption capacity can be<br />

dramatically increased, there<strong>for</strong>e immersion heaters<br />

can be used as real thermal batteries.<br />

It goes without saying this has a great impact on<br />

energy usage <strong>and</strong> environmental footprint. For<br />

those who have (or will soon have) a solar PV plant,<br />

thermal s<strong>to</strong>rage may be one of the most convenient<br />

solutions <strong>to</strong> cut down energy bills.<br />

For instance: if the hot water requirement per<br />

person is 60 litres/day, <strong>for</strong> a family of 4 people<br />

the daily energy <strong>to</strong> heat water is around 9-12kWh.<br />

Using an immersion tank up <strong>to</strong> 3kW, this results in<br />

3/4 hours of running at full power.<br />

In case of domestic solar PV systems with a peak<br />

power between 3kWp <strong>and</strong> 6kWp, it is likely that<br />

such power is not always available <strong>to</strong> switch the<br />

boiler’s resistance on or <strong>for</strong> s<strong>to</strong>ring full power,<br />

making it necessary <strong>to</strong> draw energy from the grid.<br />

In case the PV plant already has the 4-noks<br />

Elios4you system installed, the Power Reducer can<br />

be easily combined with the moni<strong>to</strong>ring device,<br />

thus it can be directly managed from the App<br />

(Android/iOS).<br />

Thanks <strong>to</strong> the free App “Elios4you”, super easy<br />

<strong>to</strong> use even <strong>for</strong> non-experts, the activation of the<br />

Power Reducer can be managed <strong>and</strong> cus<strong>to</strong>mized<br />

depending on the user’s needs.<br />

The immersion heater activation can be easily<br />

programmed via App with scheduled operating<br />

hours <strong>and</strong> thresholds, with real time view of the<br />

energy diverted <strong>to</strong> the electric boiler. If necessary,<br />

it is also possible <strong>to</strong> <strong>for</strong>ce the immersion tank <strong>to</strong><br />

operate at full power, with a simple tap on your<br />

smartphone.<br />

For those who are not interested in moni<strong>to</strong>ring the<br />

whole solar PV plant but would just like <strong>to</strong> maximize<br />

the use of surplus energy producing hot water,<br />

Power Reducer is also available in its st<strong>and</strong>-alone<br />

version. With a built-in energy meter, this simple<br />

installation will deliver immediate savings.<br />

Solar energy <strong>and</strong> technology are there<strong>for</strong>e the<br />

best allies <strong>for</strong> a more eco-sustainable lifestyle:<br />

with 4-noks Power Reducer the user can exploit<br />

at its best the clean energy produced <strong>by</strong> the solar<br />

PV system, using in an easy <strong>and</strong> efficient way the<br />

greenest s<strong>to</strong>rage system now available, hot water.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> <strong>Green</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Age-Old Technology Is Making Its Way<br />

Back Thanks To <strong>Renewable</strong>s<br />

DC power lines are stepping back in<strong>to</strong> the spotlight.<br />

For the longest time, AC power has proven <strong>to</strong><br />

be a more flexible option instead of the use of<br />

DC power lines. Though back in the old days,<br />

people were convinced otherwise. This was<br />

the hot <strong>to</strong>pic during the War of Currents, where<br />

Edison <strong>and</strong> Tesla duked it out <strong>to</strong> prove which<br />

power transmission system was the best.<br />

During the war, Edison convinced the people<br />

that DC was the solution <strong>and</strong> that AC was<br />

dangerous. Tesla, on the other h<strong>and</strong>, showed<br />

people the capabilities of AC powering larger<br />

areas. The battle lasted <strong>for</strong> a few years, with a<br />

few underh<strong>and</strong>ed tactics here <strong>and</strong> there. One of<br />

the most notable acts was Edison electrocuting<br />

r<strong>and</strong>om stray animals. This was <strong>to</strong> keep the<br />

people in fear of AC power, keeping his pockets<br />

lined with his DC patents.<br />

It wasn’t till 1893 where Chicago World’s Fair<br />

decided that AC was the better option. This<br />

was due <strong>to</strong> the fact that AC power was cheaper<br />

<strong>to</strong> operate as compared <strong>to</strong> DC power. It was<br />

the turning point of the war <strong>and</strong> it’s what truly<br />

decided that AC was the better option. That<br />

was until the 1970s, where DC power started <strong>to</strong><br />

shine again.<br />

DC power was able <strong>to</strong> outclass AC power in<br />

terms of long-distance power transmission.<br />

From the 1-mile radius it used <strong>to</strong> have, it was<br />

now able <strong>to</strong> reach further than 300-500 miles.<br />

While AC also had the capabilities <strong>to</strong> do so,<br />

DC provided it with no power loss. Today, due<br />

<strong>to</strong> the nature of wind farms being isolated from<br />

the community, DC is making a comeback once<br />

more.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> energy almost always has <strong>to</strong> come<br />

from a remote location. Be it solar, wind, or<br />

hydroelectric, the best places <strong>to</strong> gather power<br />

was always at a far away place. Wind farms<br />

need <strong>to</strong> be far from urban <strong>and</strong> rural areas <strong>to</strong><br />

have the highest efficiency. Hydroelectric farms,<br />

well, they need <strong>to</strong> be close <strong>to</strong> water. Since these<br />

power sources are far from where the energy<br />

needs <strong>to</strong> be, DC proves <strong>to</strong> be the solution.<br />

There won’t be any problems with this as well.<br />

<strong>Renewable</strong> energy is a natural source of DC<br />

power. Another good thing <strong>to</strong> note is that there’s<br />

quite a number of devices inside a typical<br />

household that runs on internal DC power.<br />

Flatscreen TVs, microwaves, fans, these all have<br />

internal DC power sources. And in the next 20<br />

years, up <strong>to</strong> 50% of your household electronics<br />

may be DC powered. This helps the renewables<br />

industry move <strong>for</strong>ward, that’s why a lot of<br />

energy companies are investing in it. This ageold<br />

technology that was once discarded is now<br />

coming back with a better purpose.

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