RTA launches first solar-power abra

As part of Dubai Government’s initiative, billed ‘Green Economy for a Sustainable Environment’, the official launch of the first-of-its-kind abra came after several trial runs

RTA's first solar-powered abra.
RTA's first solar-powered abra.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has developed a solar-powered abra, the first public marine transit mode to be powered by solar energy in the Middle East.

As part of Dubai Government’s initiative, billed ‘Green Economy for a Sustainable Environment’, the official launch of the first-of-its-kind abra came after several trial runs, with researchers aiming to create successful speed changes.

It is now currently being deployed in Dubai’s Al Mamzar area.

Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, CEO of RTA Public Transport Agency, said, “This abra is the first public marine transit mode powered by solar energy in the Middle East.

“The project was intended to convert an abra powered by electricity into one powered by solar energy through fitting the roof of the abra with solar panels along with other operational accessories.”

According to Al Ali, a specialist company conducted a balance test during a one-month trial run at Al Jaddaf in Dubai.

The solar-powered system can charge the battery to 100% every day and would be able to keep the abra powered for up to five hours at the normal operating speed of 3-4 knots.

Residual power in the battery would be around 25%. The system requires about six day time hours to recharge the battery in full.

“The launch of this abra is part of RTA’s strategy towards fully adopting the Green Economy concept and using clean energy in various public transit means,” Al Ali added.

 

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