Enpark and Switchpower blaze a trail

The UAE's first solar power tracking device has been installed in Knowledge Village as a pilot scheme by the eco-community Enpark and Swedish renewable energy company Switchpower.

The UAE's first solar power tracking device has been installed in Knowledge Village as a pilot scheme by the eco-community Enpark and Swedish renewable energy company Switchpower.

The photovoltaic solar tracker will track the movement of the sun to maximise irradiation levels and increase the electricity output from the solar panels by up to 40%.

The initiative is in line with the priorities set out in the Dubai Strategy 2015 by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on sustainable development in Dubai and the wider UAE.

Enpark aims to offer environmentally friendly solutions and technologies to the industry, and the solar tracker is the first product of its kind that has been installed in the UAE.

The tracker has a 3.3m-high pole, construction elements of galvanised steel, aluminium profiles for the mounting of solar modules, two electric motors, a sun-tracking control unit consisting of two tetraeder-irradiation sensors and a wind guard sensor. It will be able to produce approximately 10MWh/year.

According to industry estimates, a solar tracker can prevent over 125 tonnes of CO2 pollution during its lifetime, while providing ‘green' and high-quality electricity.

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