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International Water Summit to introduce new products

More than 133 new products and services from 41 companies related to water management, recycling, wastewater, energy efficient desalination and ground water conservation are set to be launched and showcased at the upcoming International Water Summit (IWS), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 20-22, 2014.

Now in its second year, IWS has seen a 25% growth in exhibition space. The event has also posted a 70% increase in new product launches from 2013, where it featured 77 new products from 11 countries.

“This significant growth is a testament to the global standing of IWS as a platform for the water industry,” said Ara Fernezian, Divisional Managing Director UAE at Reed Exhibitions.  “This year’s exhibition will feature the latest innovations and patented technologies, tailor- made for the Middle East and North Africa’s arid climate, making the event an ideal business opportunity for local and regional water authorities and companies.”

“Water is a critical resource in nearly every industry today,” said Fernezian. “How should these industries continue to use water in their operations? And can they do so in ways that are both economically viable and environmentally sustainable? These are the questions participants in the next International Water Summit will attempt to find the answers for.”

This year, the new products and technologies on show at the IWS exhibition will cater to a diversity of industries, including agriculture, utilities and construction.

“Being located in an arid region that is heavily dependent on desalination, Middle East policy makers understand that every drop counts,” added Fernezian. “IWS 2014 offers unique perspectives for government decision makers, business leaders and the R&D community on tackling the inter-connected challenges of water sustainability.”

The IWS 2014 conference will feature presentations from 77 local and international water sustainability experts, highlighting best practices from Japan, Singapore, the United States of America, and the United Arab Emirates, among many other countries.



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A chilling reduction

The Regulation and Supervision Bureau (RSB) is the independent regulatory body for the water, wastewater and electricity sector of Abu Dhabi. Through unique initiatives to collect and share information, RSB’s Powerwise office works to create understanding and awareness of the critical issues surrounding the consumption of electricity and promote sustainable consumption. The Bureau’s ongoing energy efficiency projects include the time-of-day trial and AC chiller control demand side management pilot project. Ramiz Alaileh, Powerwise Manager at The Bureau spoke to Anoop K Menon about these projects and why they constitute an essential step towards shaping the Emirate’s future energy roadmap

Could you tell us about the current status of AC chiller control?
The AC chiller pilot project aims to test the technology of remotely controlling air conditioning chillers of high-rise buildings and office towers in Abu Dhabi. The main purpose is to test this technology in the local environment of Abu Dhabi, where the air conditioning load is about 65% of the total electricity summer demand, and to record the resulting reduction in summer peak demand.
The pilot project was divided into four phases. In the first phase, also called the pre-construction phase, we surveyed 15 buildings in Abu Dhabi, a mix of commercial, residential and office buildings, mid-rise to highrise to study and choose the best five for the pilot. We selected the final five buildings on the basis of the good condition of their chillers, proper insulation, and the building not being negatively pressurised. We also wanted to make sure that we have a combination of different chiller manufacturers.
During the second phase, which was the construction and design phase, we looked at the initial design of the controllers that would be mounted on top of the chillers. We studied controlling the chillers by limiting the current to the chillers, and at the same time, getting realtime information from the buildings about CO2, temperature and humidity levels. We also made sure that differential pressure in the building doesn’t get altered. Apart from chiller operation per se, we also took into account fresh air handling units in the design.
In the third phase, we built and installed the controllers in the buildings, and carried out initial testing to ensure they are working properly.
We have entered phase four of the pilot, where we have started running the chillers through controllers that are operated remotely through a dashboard in our offices in Sowwah Square. Of the five buildings in the trial, three are located in Abu Dhabi Island and two are in Mohammed Bin Zayed City. We communicate with the controllers wirelessly or through wired (fibre) network. We get realtime data about the actual chiller loads, actual temperature and humidity. At the moment, we run the chillers in these five buildings on a daily basis from 1pm to 4pm. Our focus is on optimising the chiller demand in these buildings during the peak period.

Are there initial findings that you could share?
In one of the installations, over the three hour operating period, we were able to shave between 20-40%. When we calculated the true savings or overall savings during this period, we found it to be around 750 kW/h.
In the first hour, when we trigger the DSM chiller, we cap the baseline current and from there, reduce 20% in terms of the set-point that is sent to the chiller. This set point lasts for one hour and usually, the chiller current will follow through the controller. At the start of the second hour, we bring it down by another 40%, and that continues for another hour. We release 20% for the third hour and at the end of the hour, disable the DSM. During this period, we monitor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), temperature and humidity. Temperature has changed from 21.5 degree C to 24 degree C while humidity changed between 60 -70%.
The building occupants are unaware about the pilot, and we prefer it that way to prevent any psychological impact on them. During the trial period, we have received only one complaint so far.
Phase 4 of the pilot will run until the end of next year. We could only capture part of the summer last year but in 2014, we plan to capture the whole summer. Based on that, we are going to run a study on the impact of the project in reducing peak demand during summer or hot/humid days. Humidity is a big challenge but so far the results have proven to be positive.
Again, we are trying to run this pilot as a proof of concept. If this proof of concept turns out to be a viable economic solution, we may take it forward with other stakeholders to prepare the ground for a bigger roll out.
In the trial, we have confined ourselves to existing buildings where the focus is on retrofitting and interfacing with existing AC chillers. The option for new buildings in the future could be having the controllers as a built-in feature in the chillers when designing and installing a cooling system.

How does this pilot align with what is happening in terms of smart grid?
What we are doing in terms of DSM in this project is trying to shave peak demand. In other jurisdictions, these peak demand resources (they are called resources because you can shave them) are integrated into the utility SCADA, EMS or Smart Grid systems. The utility will be able to take them into account resources when it wants to carry out peak shaving.

What are the initial findings of ‘Time-of-Day’ trial?
We have initiated the final phase of time of day trial where the objective is to understand over a period of time and in the absence of financial incentives, whether education and information can induce and sustain positive behavioural change in terms of reducing energy consumption.
During this phase, which will run till October 2014, time of day pricing will be switched off but participants will maintain the Customer Display Unit (CDU) in their premises to track their electricity consumption based on the standard tariff.
In parallel, we are kicking off a thorough study of existing data that we have collected over the past nine to 12 months. This includes pre-trial time-of-day pricing and during timeof- day pricing data. In this study, we are looking at the impact of the trial – how much we have been able to reduce overall consumption and how much the participants were able to shift from peak to off-peak.
Initial findings show that the trial was well received. Around 65% of the participants were able to save on their consumption. We have also seen 10% peak to off peak shifting compared to similar premises. We have appointed a third party organisation to analyse the data and advise us on the results.
We plan to release the findings during the International Water Summit (IWS), which will held in January 2014 as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

Are there any more of such initiatives in the pipeline?
In fact, we ran a highly successful summer awareness campaign this year where we interacted directly with the consumers. PowerWise interactive game is our flagship awareness platform to engage with consumers. We are always keen to learn and utilise technology as a tool to engage with the customers. The interactive game was used as part of our summer campaign in select malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The players competed against each other to gain the highest score in a race against time, to make the best decisions on how to save water and electricity. The initiative was well received with over 1,000 visitors trying the game.
The game is hosted on our website as well, and players can now share the results over social media. We are continuing to look at different options like web apps to engage with consumers. This is an integral part of our overall strategy of influencing consumer behaviour to encourage wise use of electricity.

All these initiatives impact consumers, directly or indirectly. What is your perception of consumer behaviour in the region with regard to energy conservation? Do they really care or are they helpless in terms of not being able to do what they wish to? Or is it that they are aware but don’t feel compelled to act?
Different consumer segments look at this issue differently. If we take our summer campaign as an example, it definitely struck a chord with consumers and received a lot of positive feedback. I firmly believe that awareness is not a oneoff thing, it has to be continuous and sustained. We have to engage with customers in innovative ways without overwhelming them with conservation messages. This should be done in an acceptable and fun way to achieve the best results.
Another initiative we launched last year in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) and the two distribution companies – Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and Al Ain Distribution Company (AADC) – was the ‘Are you in the Green or the Red’ campaign. The tool we used was re-designed utility bills that informed customers about whether their consumption fell in the green (ideal average) or red (above ideal average) as well as government subsidy that masks the actual cost of water and power.
When we did a study on the impact of this initiative, the feedback again was very positive. Some people were questioning why are we in the Red? We need to be in the Green. It has proved to be a very simple and effective way to engage with the consumers and entice them to do something about conserving electricity and water. In fact, many people didn’t know that subsidy existed. By saving electricity, you save on your utility bills and you also help the country. It has proved to be a simple yet effective measure in terms of creating awareness.

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IDA supports IWS as a knowledge partner

For the second year, the International Desalination Association (IDA) is supporting the International Water Summit (IWS) as a Knowledge Partner. IDA focuses on desalination and water reuse, and has organised several sessions that will be presented at the Summit – a unique platform for promoting global collaboration on water sustainability to be held January 20-22 at ADNEC.

With IDA’s support, IWS aims to open new opportunities for global leaders, scientists, innovators and environmental experts to work together to make recommendations and improvements within the desalination industry.

The desalination sessions organised by IDA will provide insights on enhancement of energy efficiency in the desalination process including discussions on low energy desalination technologies and their strategic selection with special focus on the GCC region and the evaluation system.

Dr Abdullah Al-Alshaikh, IDA president and deputy governor for Planning and Development of Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), said: “In the last 20 years, the evolution of desalination technologies has significantly reduced energy consumption and the cost of water. Technological innovation – from growth in new technologies to development of renewable sources of energy to power desalination – is the key factor in optimising water and energy costs worldwide. Increasing energy efficiency remains a goal for the industry as we chart the course to sustainable desalination.”

Dr Al-Alshaikh will expand on this topic during his keynote remarks on “Sustainability: The Driver of Innovation” on January 21.

Leon Awerbuch, director of IDA and president of Leading Edge Technologies, said: “Some countries in the Gulf rely on desalination to produce 90% or more of their drinking water, and overall this region represents nearly half of the world’s desalinated water capacity.”
Awerbuch will address the conference on evaluating different desalination technologies and will lead the panel discussion on strategic technology selection.

Miguel Angel Sanz, 2nd vice president of IDA and director of development and innovation at Degrémont, will speak on the subject of energy conservation through reverse osmosis desalination. His speech will highlight the importance of considering both water and energy in tandem rather than in isolation – a key platform of IWS and the primary reason for its co-location with the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) for the past two years.

Dr Corrado Sommariva, past president of IDA and managing director of ILF Consulting Engineers, will speak on renewable energy desalination at the Summit. He is a technical adviser for the new desalination plant being constructed in Fujairah. The plant is a benchmark of new energy efficiency standards as it will produce 3.7 kilowatt hours per cubic metre as compared to the industry standard of 4-6 kilowatt hours per cubic metre.

According to IDA, the GCC region is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water. Saudi Arabia is the largest country producer, producing 9.2 million cubic metres per day. The UAE is the second largest producer with a daily production rate of 8.4 million cubic metres.

Global Water Intelligence/DesalData estimates that the total value of desalination contracts awarded in the GCC in 2013 was approximately $2.7 billion, relating to 1.9 million m3/d of additional capacity. Over the next five years a further $11.7 billion is expected to be spent on desalination plants in the region, adding a total of 8.4million m3/d of new capacity.



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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week from January 18 to 24 is one of the region’s biggest green events and will attract delegates from across the region… and the world. In 2013, it welcomed more than 30,000 participants from over 150 countries, this year is expected to be even bigger

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, brings world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics together.
They will discuss, debate, and ultimately address the energy and sustainability challenges for the future. Last year it concentrated on tackling energy, water and environment issues, along with empowering younger generations and entrepreneurs of the region.
The 2014 programme will feature a series of complementary events, conferences and exhibitions, including: The International Water Summit; The Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; The Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; The International Renewable Energy Agency meeting; and Ecowaste.
Full details of all the ADSW events at www. abudhabisustainabilityweek.com

World Future Energy Summit
The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the dedicated to renewable energies, energy efficiency and clean technologies. The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The summit includes a conference, an international exhibition, the Project & Finance Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders programme, as well as a number of corporate meetings and concurrent social events. It is hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renowned renewable energy company, and will be held on January 20-22.
Creating a sustainable, solar energy industry should be a top regional priority, according to a senior executive of First Solar, one of the world’s leading solar energy companies, and exhibitor at the World Future Energy Summit.
In an interview for the World Future Energy Summit, Christopher Burghardt, First Solar’s vice president of business development for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: “The MENA region obviously has the sun, a fantastic and abundant resource, making it a natural hub for solar energy. The eyes of the world are on the MENA region in terms of development of solar energy, with a lot of leading companies here, making big investments. We believe that MENA will be one of the leading regions, if not the leading region, for solar energy in the future.”
More details of attendees at www. worldfutureenergysummit.com

International Water Summit
The International Water Summit (IWS), also held from January 20-22, is a unique global platform for promoting water sustainability in arid regions. IWS fosters innovation, best practice and collaboration to offer tangible solutions to the pressing issue of water scarcity.
Dr Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, President of the Arab Water Council, who will be attending IWS, said that with the Middle East being one of the driest zones in the world, the issue of water must be taken seriously to help meet the challenges of water security.
He said: “Governments need to address the priority needs to ensure there is sufficient water for their populations. They can start by preparing water plans for the short, medium and long term. They can also assess the available fresh water resources and develop them, and consider the non-conventional water resources including wastewater, salt water, wadi water and non-renewable groundwater.”
“The International Water Summit is undoubtedly a key event for the Middle East as it faces increasing pressure to find solutions to the issue of water scarcity caused by its hot climate and arid environment,” said Lila Thompson at British Water, water experts from the United Kingdom have announced they will be sharing their vast knowledge in this area at the IWS 2014.
Ara Fernezian, Divisional Managing Director – UAE for Reed Exhibitions, said: “The issues of water scarcity, especially in arid regions like the Middle East, require global collaboration, and equally regional companies and authorities can share their own unique expertise with the world. The international water community is committed to raising the key issues of water sustainability to governments and corporations, and they view the International Water Summit as a critical platform to facilitate discussion and dialogue.
“The IWS 2014 exhibition will offer unlimited business opportunities to network and share case studies, bestpractice and new technologies for longterm water solutions. The key topics for the IWS conference programme include integrated water resource management, water governance and strategy, water security and future water sustainability.” More details at www.iwsabudhabi.com

EcoWASTE is a new exhibition from January 20 to 22 for sustainable waste management and recycling. In its first edition, EcoWASTE is expected to attract over 50 leading local and international suppliers and more than 2,000 regional buyers and professionals.
Several companies from the UAE, including Averda Waste Management, Green Mountains and Emirates Environmental Solutions (Mualaja) Holding, will showcase their latest and most innovative technologies. They will be joined by international organisations from Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, such as the ALBA Group, Eldan Recycling, MariMatic Oy and MTB.
In addition, a series of seminars presented by many EcoWASTE exhibitors and partners will serve as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and business opportunities. Systems for waste collection and sorting, waste treatment infrastructure and innovative solutions for waste management are only some of the topics up for discussion. Seminars are open to all 2,000+ expected visitors during the exhibition open days.
More details at www.ecowaste.ae

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) General Assembly Meeting
IRENA is an intergovernmental organisation, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, dedicated to promoting the adoption and sustainable use of all forms of energy from renewable sources.
As of January 2012, the membership of IRENA comprises 155 states and the European Union (EU), with 86 of its member states and the EU having endorsed the Statute. The assembly meeting is closed to the public. GA meeting is on January 18 and 19. More details at www.irena.org

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards and Gala Dinner
The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an $ 4 million annual award, established by the UAE leadership to recognise and award excellence in renewable energy and sustainability across the globe. Held in honour of the founding father of the UAE Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who championed sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Prize is awarded across five categories – Large Corporation, Small Medium Enterprise, Non-Governmental Organisation, Lifetime Achievement and Global High Schools. Winners of the sixth edition will be announced at the awards ceremony, as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. January 20.
More details at www. zayedfutureenergyprize.com

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77 water experts to address water sustainability challenges at IWS 2014

The 2nd International Water Summit (IWS), hosted by Masdar and in partnership with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority, has announced the participation of over 77 speakers and experts from 19 countries for its 2014 conference edition to be held in January 20-22 at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.
Experts will address key challenges and solutions facing the arid regions in integrated water resource management, renewable energy desalination, strategies for water re-use, optimising water production, water security issues, and the water-energy nexus.

The conference in 2014 will highlight case studies and host best practice sharing sessions from different countries like Japan, Singapore, United States, Australia, UAE and Saudi Arabia making IWS an essential platform for solving and implementing water solutions.

Endorsed by International Desalination Academy (IDA),  IWS will offer 15 industry enhancing desalination sessions that  will provide scientific insights on low energy desalination technologies as well  discussing the IDA strategic selection with a special focus on the GCC region and the evaluation system. In addition to the main conference sessions, IWS will also host the IDA Academy courses alongside the conferences this year.

“IWS 2014 is a must attend event because it provides a forum for leaders and water professionals to cross-pollinate ideas and learn from each other. Being located at one of the epicenter of water scarcity, the event pays homage to the importance of water in our lives and for our global economy” said Borja Blanco, Senior VP of Desalination – Energy Recovery, USA.

“IWS and other similar events bring together the best ‘water-brains’ in one place to share knowledge and experience,” said Malcolm Haddock, Planning and Forecasting Manager, Asset Division (ADSSC), UAE. “Within our daily jobs we do not often get the opportunity to learn about and discuss solutions that have been successful in other similar arid regions.”




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EcoWaste 2014 is ‘ready for business’ says organiser

Waste-to-energy is emerging as a viable and practical option as a renewable energy source, particularly in the Gulf region where it is estimated that GCC countries generate 120 million tons of solid waste per year, says the man behind EcoWaste 2014 next month in bu Dhabi.

Several companies from the United Arab Emirates, including Averda Waste Management, Green Mountains and Emirates Environmental Solutions (Mualaja) Holding, have already booked a space to showcase their latest and most innovative technologies. They will be joined by international organizations from Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Switzerland, Singapore and the United States, such as the ALBA Group, Eldan Recycling, MariMatic Oy and MTB.

In addition, a series of seminars presented by many EcoWASTE exhibitors and partners will serve as a platform for knowledge exchange, networking and business opportunities. Systems for waste collection and sorting, waste treatment infrastructure and innovative solutions for waste management are only some of the topics up for discussion. Seminars are open to all 2,000+ expected visitors during the exhibition open days.

Last, but certainly not least, EcoWASTE has many activities planned to engage our youth. We have set aside a whole area dedicated entirely for students, where they will be able to display all sorts of recycled-related work. On top of that, the Centre of Waste Management will announce the winners of a recently launched competition to encourage waste reduction among school children in Abu Dhabi during EcoWASTE.

“Recent research shows that Abu Dhabi alone produces over six million tons of waste in total, a figure that is expected to rise to 30 million tons on current growth estimates,” said Naji El Haddad, show director (pictured right).

“This waste can then be converted into useable energy to support the solar and wind industries and become a vital part of the regional energy mix.

“As part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2014, I am pleased to announce that EcoWASTE, a new exhibition dedicated to the waste management and recycling sector, will be co-located with the 7th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the 2nd International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi from  January 20 to 22.”

Hosted by Masdar and held in partnership with the Centre of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi (CWM), EcoWASTE aims to support the region’s urgent waste disposal challenges and needs in the quest for sustainable development, says Haddad.

“EcoWASTE will cover the entire solid waste management services sector, bringing together waste management experts from the public and private sectors to exchange know-how and do business under one roof.”

Through its targeted exhibition and workshops, the event will provide a range of exciting new business opportunities in waste-to-energy, with the chance to network, exchange best practices, unveil new projects and source cutting-edge technologies and solutions.

EcoWASTE offers a unique platform for investment and partnerships in waste management and recycling, and we are confident that this new exhibition will showcase the technologies currently available to make waste-to-energy conversion a reality within the region.

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