UAE a 'leading region' for renewables

Viessmann boss says this is great chance for the UAE to take lead

Dr Martin Viessmann, president of Viessmann Werke GmbH, during a visit to Dubai.
Dr Martin Viessmann, president of Viessmann Werke GmbH, during a visit to Dubai.

The UAE has the potential to become the leading region for renewable technologies in the Middle East, said Dr Martin Viessmann, president of Viessmann Werke GmbH.

“This is a great chance for the UAE, which is very dynamic. It has a huge and vested interest in motivating ‘green’ technology,” he said.

Dr Viessmann spoke to ConstructionWeekOnline recently while paying a whistle-stop visit to Dubai, where his company – of which his family represents the third generation at its helm – is represented by Viessmann Middle East FZE.

In terms of the latest trends, the company has introduced condensing technology for the oil and gas sector.

“We have a complete range of condensing boilers from 26 kW to 6600 kW, which are able to operate at an efficiency of up to 98% due to the higher calorific of these fuels," Dr Viessmann said. "We now have several projects where we have decided to opt for this technology.”

Compared to a classical cast-iron or steel boiler, customers can easily save 15% in terms of energy use. “Our boilers are made out of stainless steel, and are very reliable for condensing operations. The initial capital outlay is small compared with the overall gain.

“We also want to introduce combined systems, whereby we can optimise the advantages of available technologies. For example, combining solar thermal with condensing boilers and heat pumps. During this year we will be introducing a new range of condensing boilers and heat pumps to the Middle East,” revealed Dr Viessmann.

Viessmann has sold boilers in the Middle East over the last 30 years. “Our products have been operating in Jordan since 1985, while in the UAE we have had thermal systems operating since 2000.” The growth in the market eventually resulted in a fully-fledged subsidiary being established in 2006.

“In the past it was not possible to do business here due to the low energy prices in the region. But now there are significant changes. With huge investments in the region, there is now an increasing demand for environment friendly and energy saving products. Also, the ‘green movement’ has played a major role in promoting such awareness,” said Dr Viessmann.

In terms of major projects in the Middle East, the company has installed a solar thermal system of more than 2000m2 on the Palm Jumeirah, which has realised a CO2 saving of over a million kilograms a year.

“We installed a 300m2 solar thermal system in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai for process hot water in a food plant. We are installing the steam boilers of the wastewater treatment plant at Jumeirah Golf Estates, which will operate with biogas,” said Dr Veissmann.

Other reference projects include Japan Airlines Towers, Palazzo Versace, Ottoman Palace, Ibis Hotel, the new Dusit Hotel and Centro Rotana, as well as a spread of villas in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

“In the short to medium, there are positive prospects for the heating sector. We continue to face an enormous modernisation potential with regard to existing buildings, which must be exploited if global energy and climate policies are to have any chance of being achieved by 2020.”

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