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Leaders from 150 countries arrive in Abu Dhabi for energy summit as WFES begins

Heads of State and Ministers from over 150 countries as well as representatives from 120 international organisations gathered in Abu Dhabi on Saturday for the opening of the Fourth Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Assembly, the Agency’s ultimate decision-making authority, takes place today and tomorrow. Kicking-off Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, the event features IRENA’s flagship projects, its current and future work programmes, and several public and media events.

“IRENA’s focus is accelerating the deployment of renewables worldwide, and our Assembly gives us the opportunity to present our current and future work to our membership,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “We are now engaged with over 165 countries. As more and more countries join, IRENA’s role as the global hub for renewable energy is becoming ever more prominent.”

“IRENA is a global campaigner for the advancement of renewable energy, and a convener that creates a platform for international collaboration,” said H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy and President of the Assembly. “It is through important international platforms like this that we will secure our clean energy future.”

Highlights during the Assembly include the launch of “REmap 2030”, the much anticipated roadmap for doubling the global renewable energy share by 2030; and the announcement of the first six renewable energy projects in developing countries receiving loans under the IRENA/ADFD Project Facility partnership from the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is mandated as the global hub for renewable energy cooperation and information exchange by 124 Members (123 States and the European Union). Over 43 additional countries are in the accession process and actively engaged. Formally established in 2011, IRENA is the first global intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.

IRENA supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.  IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.

Picture caption: The President of IRENA’s Fourth Assembly,  H.E. Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Mexico Secretary of Energy (third from left), is welcomed by Vice-President of the Third Assembly, Dato’ Seri DiRaja Mahdzir Khalid of Malaysia. IRENA’s Fourth Assembly welcomed official government delegations from over 151 countries.

For more information about IRENA’s Fourth Assembly visit www.irena.org.



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DEWA shows its energy saving credentials at WFES

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is a Platinum Sponsor in the seventh World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, which opened today in Abu Dhabi.

The summit is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and runs from January 20 to 22 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The theme for WFES 2014 is, ‘Powering the future of energy innovation and investment.’

DEWA’s stand at WFES witnessed a strong turnout from visitors and exhibitors who expressed their admiration of DEWA’s achievements in the fields of sustainability and renewable energy. Official delegates and decision-makers discussed ways of collaboration with DEWA to execute future projects in the areas of energy, water, environment, sustainability, and renewable energy to further boost the clean energy sector in the UAE.

“In line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, DEWA is committed to achieving the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, and support the UAE Vision 2021. DEWA is keen to participate in national and international events to exchange expertise, experiences and best practices with relevant organisations. Through our participation at WFES, we aim to evaluate and focus on the latest advanced technological solutions that can help to improve our performance in administration, operations, and services. This will further strengthen our strategic initiatives to promote the sustainable development of Dubai,” said Al Tayer.

At its stand, DEWA showcased a model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one the largest renewable energy projects in the region, and will generate 1,000MW upon completion in 2030, totalling 5% of Dubai’s total power output.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, opened the first phase of the solar park, which uses photovoltaic technology to produce 13MW, and is linked directly to DEWA’s grid, which covers all areas of Dubai. His Highness has initiated the second phase, a 100MW photovoltaic plant.

This is a leading sustainable project, and a centre for the production of energy from solar power, and a comprehensive innovation and research centre that supports the promotion of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. The project will also include a renewable energy academy to advance the skills of future professionals.

DEWA also highlighted its M Station for electricity generation and water desalination in Jebel Ali, which is equipped with the latest electronic devices and superior systems at a total cost of AED 10 billion. M Station has a capacity of 2,060MW of electricity, and 140 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day.

M Station is now being expanded with new substations that have a capacity of 400MW, increasing the installed capacity of the station to 2,460MW, upon completion in 2018.

DEWA officials delivered presentations on DEWA’s Sustainable Building in Al Quoz, which is the first public sector sustainable building in the UAE, and the largest government building in the world with a Platinum rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the US Green Building Council institute, which has a set of rating criteria for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings, homes and neighbourhoods in the world. The DEWA Sustainable Building achieved 98 out of 110 points.

The Sustainable Building reduces consumption of energy by 66% and water by 48%, and houses a 660kW onsite solar power plant.

A dedicated team has been appointed by DEWA supervise its stand and provide information about DEWA, and address general and technical questions about its projects.

Hosted by Masdar, WFES is a key event under the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and is regarded as the region’s largest gathering of its kind to focus on sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify and promote sustainable solutions to address the energy sector’s challenges, climate change, and environmental pollution across the globe.

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Bee’ah to set forth powerful environmental agenda at WFES 2014

In line with its mission to spearhead environmental change across the Middle East, Bee’ah – a leading provider of integrated environmental and waste management solutions – will participate in the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, held under the theme ‘Powering the Future of Energy Innovation and Investment’. This will mark the fourth time that the company partakes in the event; Bee’ah served as an exhibitor in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The WFES – which this year runs from 20-22 January at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – is a world-renowned meeting dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies.

The summit aims to provide an engaging platform for international manufacturers of environment technology, government representatives, academics and industry experts to discuss different ways to incorporate new and cutting-edge innovations into their business operations.

At the WFES 2014, Bee’ah will showcase its achievements to date and shed light on its journey towards achieving zero-waste to landfill in the Emirate of Sharjah by 2015. In effect, this goal was established as part of the Sharjah-based company’s new mandate which calls for the application of international best practices in environmental and waste management throughout the emirate. Meeting this target will catapult the emirate into the environmental capital of the Middle East – making it the first Arab city ever to divert 100% of its waste from landfill.

HE Salim bin Mohamed Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah, said: “As the Middle East’s leading and award winning integrated environmental and waste management company, we, at Bee’ah, have long believed in the power of knowledge and awareness. The WFES is a strong vehicle for action, bringing together key environmental stakeholders – in Abu Dhabi – to address critical matters related to sustainability in the UAE.”

In the past five years, the company’s objectives have focused on resource recovery, allowing it to achieve a remarkably high landfill diversion rate. Today, Bee’ah has taken this approach one step further, focussing its efforts on treating waste and converting it into useful material – a strategy that further cements its commitment to achieving zero-waste to landfill by 2015.


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DEWA wins Emirates Appreciation Award

Last week, Zayed International Foundation for Environment awarded Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) the Emirates Appreciation Award for environmental care. The Innovation, Invention and Environmental Research Award is for successfully implementing the two projects to raise the efficiency and capacity of four gas turbines in power production by applying Wet Compression technology at G-Station, and three gas turbines by using the Inlet Air Chilling technology in the first phase of L-Station. These two projects are considered to be one of the most important that DEWA has completed in the last few years as a means of enhancing efficiency, capacity, production and minimising environmental pollution.

These two great achievements align with DEWA’s drive to apply cutting-edge technologies and global practices in power generation and water desalination stations; to enhance the efficiency and reliability of power and water stations and their relevant networks and grids. They also pay considerable attention to the environment by keeping pace with latest applications, engineering programmes and participation in national and international conferences.

Gas turbines are highly-reliable and efficient power generators, and their operational efficiency in the combined power generation cycle make them the ideal choice for companies and developers of power generation and water desalination plants. However, the efficiency and productivity of this kind of power generator is adversely affected by air temperature, as productivity falls down in summer because of the rise of air temperature to 46 degrees centigrade in the region.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “Many manufacturers and operators of power generation units have admired the Central Cooling of Air Inlets project, which is in the first phase of L-Station. Adopting this integrated strategy in developing its infrastructure, DEWA achieved results that surpass similar private-sector utilities and surpassing also the best ten similar European and American utilities in terms of efficiency, availability and reliability. DEWA’s achievements contributed to placing the UAE in first place in MENA, and fourth place globally in terms of ease of access to energy in the World Bank Doing Business Report 2013.”


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ADSW to welcome 30,000 attendees from 172 countries

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) will welcome an estimated 30,000 attendees at more than 30 events from January 18-25, making it one of the largest global gatherings to date dedicated to the wider adoption of renewable energies and sustainable development.

Over seven days in the UAE capital, decision makers from government, industry, academia and civil society will address some of the world’s most urgent energy and sustainability challenges, including the economics of renewable energies, the effects of water scarcity, and the impact on the environment and natural resources of population growth and our ever expanding cities.

Further raising Abu Dhabi’s profile as a global platform to address issues at the heart of the energy-water-and-waste nexus, ADSW 2014 is expected to attract attendees from 172 countries, up from 155 nations last year.

“With the World Future Energy Summit as its cornerstone, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will set a new benchmark both for attendee numbers – 30,000 up from 26,000 last year – and new initiatives launched,” said Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director. “Crucially, the more than 30 events over the seven days of January 18-25 will open doors to the substantial commercial opportunities of sustainable development and renewable energy, as well as debate the necessary progress in policy and technology to achieve a sustainable future.”

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week will include more than 30 events across a variety of platforms, from high-level discussions to public awareness campaigns. New this year will be the Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, hosted on Jan 21 by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which will gather private and public sector experts to share knowledge, experience and best practice on converting renewable energy investment into secure employment opportunities.

Also on January 21, China Day will celebrate China’s recent membership of IRENA and growing status in the renewable energies sector, encouraging greater collaboration in renewable energy projects in MENA and international markets.

ADSW 2014 will also stage the first Blue Economy Summit, organised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Republic of Seychelles, to focus attention on policy frameworks for the conservation of oceans and the sustainable development of ocean-linked communities.

Outside the exhibitions halls, The Festival @ Masdar City from January 24-25 will take the sustainability message into the community, with food stands, market stalls and family entertainment promoting sustainable living to UAE residents.



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Siemens to erect turnkey combined-cycle power plant in Turkey

Siemens has received an order for the turnkey construction of the Bandirma II combined-cycle (gas and steam) power plant (CCPP) in Turkey.

The purchaser is Enerjisa, a joint venture of Sabanci Holding and E.ON. Following the Samsun project, which is currently under construction, Bandirma II will be the second power plant in Turkey to be powered by an SGT5-8000H gas turbine, marking the sale of 28 of this model of gas turbine by Siemens worldwide.
These gas turbines, which have proven themselves in commercial operation since 2011, have now clocked up approximately 50,000 equivalent operating hours at an availability of more than 97%. Upon completion in the spring of 2016, this plant will have an installed capacity of around 600 megawatts (MW) and an efficiency of over 60%.

The natural-gas-fired CCPP Bandirma II will be built on the southern coast of the Sea of Marmara, near the city of Bandirma in the Balikesir province.

Rainer Hauenschild, head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, said: “We are very excited about working together with Enerjisa. As a manufacturer of turnkey installations, our customers profit from our expertise in ideally integrating mechanical, electrical and chemical processes optimally with our products in fossil-fired power plants. Therefore we can fulfill the needs of our customers at best.

“In this project, too, we will live up to our very high claim concerning quality and safety in project engineering and execution and during the construction and installation phase.”

The dynamic power plant market in Turkey calls for flexible and eco-friendly power generation facilities that are cost-efficient at the same time, so that they are right at the top in the merit order. The Bandirma II combined-cycle power plant is of single-shaft design. Such plants are highly flexible and can be run up to full power in only 30 minutes. With load ramping of gradients of up to 50 MW per minute, they also respond very quickly to fluctuations in power demand and so can help to stabilize the grid.

Highly efficient combined-cycle power plants and the associated service are part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. Around 43 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.

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