Inauguration of ABB’s 315kW solar rooftop power plant

2017-01-24 - ABB, a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, was honored when Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), inaugurated its new 315 kilowatt (kW) solar rooftop power plant on Tuesday this week, one of the largest of its kind in the region. The plant is located at the ABB offices at the Al Quoz industrial area and will produce electricity using solar energy.

The inauguration was attended by Frank Duggan, ABB President of Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), and member of the Group Executive Committee, Gianandrea Bruzzone, ABB Electrification division manager for the Middle East and Africa, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President-Strategy & Business Development at DEWA, Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President -Business Support & HR at DEWA, and other staff from ABB and DEWA.

The energy produced at the plant will supply ABB offices with electricity and transfer surplus energy into DEWA’s network. This supports the Shams Dubai initiative, which was launched by DEWA and allows customers to install photovoltaic panels on their rooftops to generate electricity from solar power, and connect the systems to DEWA’s grid.

“I am pleased to be here today to inaugurate the ABB 315-kilowatt (kW) solar project, as part of Shams Dubai initiative, and I congratulate ABB on this important achievement, which reflects our joint efforts to achieve the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to diversify energy resources. The UAE now leads global efforts in clean and renewable energy. DEWA is carrying out the objectives of UAE Energy Strategy for 2050 launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to increase the share of clean energy in the total energy mix to 50% by 2050,” said Al Tayer.

“ABB is excited to inaugurate a solar rooftop at our own facility in Al Quoz, Dubai. We look forward to working together with DEWA to help develop the solar industry in the Emirate and for our installation to be a showcase in the region, proving the benefits of renewable technologies and their seamless integration into the existing electrical grid. We also share DEWA’s vision that Dubai will be a world-class smart city and we firmly believe for this to happen, it also needs to be energy-efficient. We are sure that DEWA’s excellent initiatives coupled with innovations and technologies from companies such as ABB will make this ambition a reality,” said Duggan.

ABB rooftop products
A variety of ABB string inverters will be used to convert current in this solar plant. ABB inverters with IP65 enclosure and fan less design are well suited for this environment and an appropriate pick for solar installations in the Middle East. All of the PVI, TRIO and PRO 33 inverters will be connected to a state-of-the-art ABB building monitoring system (BMS) and can be monitored remotely.

The BMS system will control and monitor the complete rooftop system, the i-bus® KNX system (temperature and lighting control) plus the power management with the Emax 2 air circuit breakers. This enables monitoring of the inverters, meteorological department data, power metering and analysis of the building’s lighting and temperature settings as well.

Ekip SmartVision connects the ABB solar rooftop to the Internet of Things, creating a digital profile of the photovoltaic installation, continuously analyzing the power quality, as well as tracking trends in the site's energy production and demand. Continuous diagnosis of the rooftop helps maximize the asset's productivity and makes maintenance more effective and intelligent. Ekip SmartVision uses cloud-based algorithms to monitor, optimize and control electrical systems. Part of the ABB Ability range of digital products and services, Ekip SmartVision collects, processes and stores data about a facility's low-voltage power network, using a cloud solution developed in close partnership with Microsoft to ensure the highest possible performance, reliability and security.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

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