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EGA unveils mini solar field in Dubai

New array at DUBAL has a maximum output of 70kW and will power the site's residential area office in the daytime, including air-conditioning

NEWS, Business, DUBAL, Emirates Global Aluminium, Solar panels

The UAE's aluminium giant Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), has unveiled a mini solar field at one of its core operating assets - Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL, known as Jebel Ali Operations).

The new array, which has a maximum output of 70kW, will generate enough power to run the electricity requirements of the site's residential area office in the daytime, including air-conditioning.

The development reflects EGA's on-going commitment to save electricity and use renewable energy sources wherever possible. Other energy-conservation efforts in various areas of the Jebel Ali Operations saved approximately 40,000 MWh since April 2011.

The inauguration ceremony, which took place on Monday, was attended by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer (vice-chairman EGA), executive committee, senior management, staff and contractors involved in the project. Also present were representatives of DEWA and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE).

The solar panels are the second major renewable energy project at DUBAL. In 2013, the absorption chiller installed at DUBAL became the UAE's first-ever absorption chiller set-up in a power plant, which uses excess heat to produced chilled water for comfort cooling.

Installed on the rooftop of the DUBAL desalination plant control building, the absorption chiller has replaced the electrically-driven vapour compression chillers and uses less than 1 t/h of free steam. The absorption chiller has proven to reduce the company's energy consumption by approximately 780,000kWh per year, and also reduced the company's carbon footprint.  

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