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Siemens shows off its Masdar City masterpiece

The first LEED Platinum certified office building in Abu Dhabi was officially inaugurated yesterday (Jan 22).

Electrical engineering giant Siemens’ new Middle East headquarters, which will accommodate 800 employees, is at Masdar City adjacent to the Masdar Institute.

Architect David Ardill, of Sheppard Robson, won a competition 30 month before to design the building, which uses 50 per cent less energy than a similar sized conventional building. The distinctive façade is dominated by aluminium shades over the windows, each individually designed to provide 100% shading to 95% of glazed surfaces.

Ardill explained how the original design brief has been met to redue energy demand by 65% and water by 50%.

Inside Herald Waiti, Siemens ME head of SRE, explained how there are ‘practically no internatl light switches’ and that everything is controlled through movement sensors. “Desk lamps are light sensitive and dim according to the amount of external light coming through the windows,” he explained.

Waiti even joked how at night time someone could run through an empty office and be followed in a trail of light. ‘I have tried it,’ he joked with assembled journalists.

The opening ceremony was attended by board membrs from Siemans AG – including Michael Suess and Roland Busch – Dr Al Jaber and shareholders of Siemens in the UAE and dignitaries from Abu Dhabi.

In a statement Siemans said: “The company’s strategic partnership with Masdar extends far beyond the opening of a new office and is in line with Abu Dhabi’s National Vision 2030.”


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FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy to develop PV projects in KSA

Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) announce that they have formed a joint venture to develop photovoltaic (PV) solar energy projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Both companies will jointly develop and invest in solar plants.

Through this venture, FRV and Abdul Latif Jameel Energy will together undertake the tender of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) programme, which includes the construction of 41 GW of solar power by 2032, of which 16 GW is photovoltaic.

Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, a wholly-owned division of KSA-based Abdul Latif Jameel Co. Ltd, brings its knowledge of the local market and financial capability. FRV, with presence in Dubai, and with more than 2 GW developed worldwide, brings its extensive experience in engineering, development and construction of solar installations, and a proven track record in adding value in the financing and management of the assets.

KA-CARE is His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud’s ambitious programme to develop alternative energies and to position the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as one of the most important renewable energy markets in the world. It includes PV and concentrated solar power energy, wind, geothermal, waste conversion as well as nuclear energy to diversify its energy sources in the future. These projects represent an estimated investment of over $60 billion.

Roberto de Diego Arozamena, CEO of Abdul Latif Energy commented: “The joint venture of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy with a world class developer of solar power plants such as FRV creates a highly competitive and experienced new player in the solar energy space. We aim to bring best cost, flawless execution and optimal energy pricing to the Saudi Arabian market supported by FRV’s significant track record and experience. Our partnership will bring additional value to the Kingdom by developing training programmes and creating local job opportunities for Saudi nationals. In addition to the KA-CARE programme, we are also evaluating other potential solar energy generation opportunities with FRV. We believe that this joint venture with FRV is a key element of our overall energy generation ambitions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the region, which will include other countries and technologies.”

According to Tristan Higuero, FRV´s Managing Director for the MENA region, “This joint venture with a partner as prestigious as Abdul Latif Jameel, with extensive experience and knowledge of the region, allows us to undertake the project with guaranteed success and to consolidate FRV’s long-term presence in this strategic market. Due to its geographical position, high level of solar radiation and the government’s commitment to diversify the national energy production and to promote the creation of a local solar industry, Saudi Arabia is a strategic market for us.”


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Report: Renewable energy should be make up a third of world use by 2030… ‘at no extra cost’

The global renewable energy share can reach and exceed 30 per cent by 2030 at no extra cost, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says in a report “REmap 2030,” that was published yesterday to coincide with the Wolrd Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The study maps out a pathway for doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix based on the technologies that are available today. Energy efficiency and improved energy access can advance the share of renewables in the global energy mix up to 36 per cent, according to the new report.

“There is a strong economic case for the renewable energy transition. When considering climate change mitigation, health impact and job creation, the transition practically pays for itself,” Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA’s Director-General, said. “More renewables in the energy system provide greater flexibility, increase energy independence, and make the system more resilient.”

The deployment of modern renewables – renewable energy sources that exclude traditional use of biomass – needs to grow more than threefold, the study shows. A rethinking of energy taxes and subsidies is critical to the economic case for renewable energy. A reduction of fossil fuel subsidies will facilitate the uptake of renewables. Subsidies for renewable energy can disappear altogether, if green house gas emissions and other air pollution are reasonably priced.

“Many governments are underestimating the potential of renewables in their planning the for energy transition. To reach the goal of doubling the share of renewable energy by 2030, additional efforts are needed, particularly in the building, industry and transport sectors,” Dolf Gielen, Director of IRENA’s Innovation and Technology Centre in Bonn, Germany said. “We identified five areas of national action: Planning realistic but ambitious transition pathways; creating an enabling business environment; managing knowledge of technology options and their deployment; ensuring smooth integration of renewables into the existing infrastructure; and unleashing innovation.”

“REmap 2030” builds on the analysis of the energy supply and demand of 26 countries, which account for 74 per cent of projected global total final energy consumption in 2030. IRENA collaborates with member states and research institutions for “REmap 2030,” which derives its objective from the United Nations Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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 40 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:  H.E. The Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, discussing the “REmap 2030″ report at IRENA’s FT Question Time in Abu Dhabi yesterday. Panelist of the debate included Michael Eckhart, Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability, Citigroup; Dr José Goldemberg, Professor, University of São Paulo; Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO, ACWA Power International; and Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainable Studies (IASS).


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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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WFES 2014 to underscore benefits of energy efficiency

The 7th annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES), hosted by Masdar, to be held from January 20-22 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will be a key opportunity for governments, businesses and policy makers to debate the necessary measures to motivate Middle East consumers to make more efficient energy choices.

According to the International Energy Agency, existing buildings consume more than 40% of total energy and generate close to 25% of carbon emissions.

In the WFES conference session “Energy Efficiency-The Built Environment”, on January 22, global and Middle East experts will address the policy and technology interventions that could make homes and offices more efficient, thus reducing energy demand and driving down costs for consumers.

Taking part in an engaging panel debate moderated by Mark Hopkins, director of International Energy Efficiency at the UN Foundation, will be Ramiz Alaileh, powerwise manager of the UAE’s Regulation and Supervision Bureau; Benoit Dubarle, UAE, Oman and Pakistan Country president for Schneider Electric; Christian Kramer, head of Federal and European Affairs at KFW Banking Group; Bruce Schlein, director of corporate sustainability of Citigroup; and David Walker, CEO of DNV GL, based in the Netherlands.

The adoption of smart metering technology, enabling real-time monitoring of electricity consumption and two-way communications between the utility and the consumer, is one important strategy for mitigating energy demand and reducing the environmental impact of the urban landscape.

“Smart metering not only allows utility companies to identify consumption patterns which inform their demand management strategies, it also enables engagement with consumers to inform them about ways to use electricity more wisely,” said Ramiz Alaileh of the Abu Dhabi-based Regulation and Supervision Bureau.

Implementation costs, antiquated communications infrastructure and inadequate policy frameworks, particularly in countries reliant on energy subsidies, are among the barriers to smart metering adoption in the MENA region.

To date, only one utility in the UAE, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, has fully completed the phase-one roll-out of smart meters for electricity and water. Having a regulatory mandate in place was a key factor in ADWEA’s decision to deploy the technology.

Yet the scale of projected energy demand growth and the need to accommodate an expansion in renewable energy supply will pave the way for more sustainable technologies, say the experts.

“[Smart metering] will become more important as energy sources diversify,” said Wasim Taqqali, utilities industry manager of Accenture Middle East. “The deployment of solar energy in the Gulf is gathering pace but the reliability and quality of power generated by renewable sources can vary. That has been the experience overseas in countries with a relatively high penetration of renewable energies. Smart metering may therefore become extremely important in ensuring the smooth adoption of clean energies in the Middle East, helping to maintain security of supply and the satisfaction of the end-user.”

The latest generation ‘digital revenue meter’ of Advanced Electronic Company based in Saudi Arabia will be one of more than 100 new product launches in clean technology and renewable energies on show on the World Future Energy Summit exhibition floor.

According to Naji El Haddad, WFES Show Director, the Summit conference will deliver global insights on the policy and business frameworks required to keep pace with such rapid technical innovation.


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Masdar to showcase global clean energy achievements

The last 12 months has seen Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and its partners delivered a range of clean energy projects including, the world’s largest off-shore wind farm, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, Africa’s largest solar PV plant and introduction of utility scale renewables to the Seychelles for the first time. Today, Masdar’s entire portfolio of renewable energy projects is successfully delivering nearly one-gigawatt of clean power to grids across the world

Masdar, will showcase its past year’s global contribution to clean energy development at the 7th World Future Energy Summit during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) – the region’s largest gathering on sustainability. Masdar will use the platform to highlight a year in which it has inaugurated solar and wind projects in the UAE, UK, Seychelles and Mauritania, installing over 750 megawatts of renewable grid capacity in the process.

Bader Al Lamki, director of Masdar Clean Energy, said: “2013 has been a milestone year for Masdar, in which we have made a significant contribution to the global adoption of renewable energy, demonstrating that clean energy is an attractive long-term investment.

“From utility scale clean energy to pioneering carbon capture projects, Masdar’s growing portfolios of projects are pushing the boundaries of technology and innovation to help diversify the global energy mix and decarbonise our growing economies.”

Looking back at 2013

March: Masdar inaugurated the 100 megawatt Shams 1, the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. Powering 20,000 homes in the UAE, Shams 1 is the region’s largest renewable energy plant.

April: Masdar launched the largest solar PV plant in Africa. The 15-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania accounts for 10% of the country’s grid capacity.

June: Featured the completion of a 6-megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Republic of Seychelles. Today, the farm is producing enough power to cover 8% of energy capacity in the country’s main island of Mahe, which is home to 90% of the nation’s population.

July: London Array, the world’s largest off shore wind farm, was inaugurated in the Thames Estuary. The 175 turbine, 630 megawatt wind farm is now powering 500,000 British homes with clean, renewable energy.

November: In collaboration with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar signed the region’s first joint venture agreement focussed on exploring and developing commercial-scale projects for carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The joint venture’s first project will sequester up to 800,000 tons of CO2 captured from the Emirates Steel plant, annually. ADNOC will use the CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), liberating natural gas to help meet growing demand domestically.

December: Masdar is also 31% shareholder in the recently announced 117MW Tafila Wind Farm in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan’s largest utility scale renewable energy project will increase Jordan’s total installed power capacity by 3%.

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Masdar will leverage ADSW to highlight their achievements to the world’s energy leaders, at a time when the world is balancing economic and social development with rising global energy demands, environmental concerns and the need to manage natural resources. Masdar will emphasise renewables’ role as being a critical component of the future energy mix, reducing demands on fossil fuels and supporting energy access.

“We are extremely positive about the future of renewable energy,” continued Al Lamki. “We continue exploring commercial projects that support the development of clean energy in the Middle East – a region with huge solar and wind potential.

“We also intend to build on our UK investments in off shore, and continue to explore opportunities in what is a very attractive renewables market.”

With a focus on the interconnected challenges and opportunities of sustainable growth, ADSW and its participating conferences and exhibitions will take place in Abu Dhabi from 18-24 January 2014, and will be officially hosted by Masdar.

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