2009-12-11 - The Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar is an architectural masterpiece housing the world’s largest collection of Islamic cultural treasures. Only the finest products went into this award-winning project, including ABB power equipment.
By ABB Communications
Officially opened in November 2008 the Museum of Islamic Art in the Qatari capital of Doha is the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf and a pioneering project in every sense of the word.
Conceived to be the world’s foremost museum of Islamic art and to house the masterpieces of a cultural heritage spanning 13 centuries and three continents, the museum is itself an architectural landmark intended to establish Qatar as the cultural capital of the Middle East.
Designed by architect I.M Pei, who is best known for the Louvre Pyramid in Paris and the iconic Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, it is built of the finest materials and equipped with the best engineering equipment available.
This includes ABB dry-type distribution transformers, which were singled out by the government-run Qatar Museums Authority - which commissioned the museum - as the only transformer to meet its requirements for the safe and reliable delivery of electric power from the grid to the museum.
The 35,000 square-foot museum comprises a five-storey main building and a two-storey wing. It is built on a specially reclaimed island to ensure its prominence and prevent other buildings from overshadowing it.
ABB’s vacuum cast resin dry-type distribution transformers are used throughout the world in museums, sports arenas, shopping malls, hospitals, cruise ships, subway stations and other densely populated buildings where public safety and transformer reliability are vital.
ABB is the world’s leading supplier of power and distribution transformers, producing more 500,000 units a year from 52 dedicated transformer factories in 27 countries.
Made of vacuum-cast epoxy resin and reinforced with fiberglass the transformers have exceptional mechanical strength, high resistance to short circuits and a high capacity to support overloads. They are non-flammable, self-extinguishing and designed to operate virtually maintenance free for several decades.
They are also singularly compact and space-effective. The transformers can be positioned close to the point of consumption, which reduces the need for costly cables and civil works. And, a remarkable 90 percent of the transformer is recyclable when its long operating life comes to an end.
ABB dry-type transformers are installed in numerous buildings and complexes in Qatar, including the huge and prestigious Education City campus of universities and research institutes, the 52-storey Tornado Tower which was voted Best Tall Building in the Middle East and Africa 2009, and the 150,000 sq m Gate Development complex of shopping malls, offices and leisure facilities in Doha.