WEC24: Taking clean energy to the next level: ENOC powers assets with solar

WEC24: Taking clean energy to the next level: ENOC powers assets with solar
Published: 9 September 2019 - 5:46 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba
It’s not the first time ENOC and Dubai have pioneered to explore low-carbon opportunities to support the energy growth in the 21st century; fossil fuels and renewables. What is the next step? Brainstorming how this innovation can be applied to plants worldwide to spur the UAE’s global influence as a knowledge-based economy as per the National Vision, while reinforcing countries’ commitments to the Paris Agreement.
Such renewable technologies also play an integral part in creating smart energy management, which underpin the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy (DIES). The strategy aims to achieve 7 per cent of Dubai’s energy needs from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050.
Leading the charge
More than 300 photovoltaic solar PV panels spanning a 1,000 square metre roof over a warehouse will generate over 160,000 kwh/year of electricity at the Dubai Lubricant Processing Plant FZE (DLPP) in Jebel Ali – enough to cover all of DLPP’s consumption. Excess electricity will be transmitted back to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) grid, relieving the load at an opportune time.
Meeting rising power demand in an affordable and efficient manner is a challenge that faces the region; ENOC’s innovative progress heralds a valuable example for others to follow. Power capacity will need to expand by an average of 6.4 percent each year between 2018 and 2022 across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to meet demand, forecasts Saudi Arabia-based Apicorp. This corresponds to additional capacity of 117GWh.
Continually funnelling resources – time, money and expertise – into ingenious solar energy projects will be a cornerstone of Dubai’s energy security and ENOC’s growth in the 21st century. Every success in the chapter of innovation strengthens the narrative of sustainability in Dubai and beyond.
A pioneering nation
Another first for the UAE was ENOC’s launch of a solar powered service station in 2017. Located at the entrance of Dubai Internet City (DIC) on Sheikh Zayed Road, the project saves the equivalent CO2 emissions of 3,250 passenger vehicles every year The PV panels on this one station generate a total of 6.5 megawatts of power per hour – the equivalent of powering 1,700 homes in Dubai in one year.
The success of this service station meant propelled the Group to move ahead with its plans to include solar PV panels in all future service stations leading up to 2020.
More than 14 stations in Dubai now operate on solar PV panels. More than 23 GWh of solar energy will be generated to power the new stations by 2020, significantly minimising the load on DEWA’s grid.
As the energy partner committed to fuelling the growth of Dubai and the UAE, ENOC is continuously looking for opportunities to contribute to the development of the country’s assets and key infrastructure projects to strengthen energy security.
This pioneering national spirit also applies to the record-breaking Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. In line with the extraordinary vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Park is the largest single-site strategic solar energy project of its kind worldwide that is based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. Total investments of Dhs50 billion ($13.6 billion) will bring 1,000MW of capacity online by 2020, rising to 5,000MW by 2030.
Global push
All ENOC’s lower-carbon efforts feed into the UAE’s journey to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement; the world’s most comprehensive climate change deal was secured in the French capital in December 2015. The Agreement outlines ambitions to have net-zero emissions as soon as possible from 2050 onwards. This is a tall order amid rising populations and BP Outlook’s estimate that the Middle East’s energy consumption will rise by 54 per cent and the region’s energy production will climb by 31 per cent – both by 2040.
Staying sharp
Propelling the penchant for novel thinking in Dubai is key; a creative company culture ensures ENOC can fill its pipeline of innovations. Thinking of new ideas and following them through into established policies or applied innovations lies at the heart of Dubai’s ongoing evolution into a smart and sustainable city.
The UAE and wider Gulf are well positioned to raise their profile on the world’s low-carbon stage. The Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates that around 60% of the GCC’s surface area has strong suitability for solar PV deployment.
The UAE’s ranking on the Global Innovation Index 2018. The country is an impressive 24th in terms of Innovation Input and 54th in Innovation Output Sub-Index rankings.
The rising populations in the UAE and wider Middle East add to the need for mastering the nexus that promotes energy security: greater efficiency, lower-carbon growth and affordability. The UAE’s population is expected to rise by 18% to 11.05 million by 2030, according to the UN. Such growth rates are echoed region-wide.

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