Abu Dhabi

Vertical farming’s success depends on the cheapest lightbulb – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s giant Yas Mall isn’t the most obvious location for embracing nature. The sprawling complex, which houses a 20-screen cinema, leads to a Ferrari-themed amusement park.

At its heart is the Carrefour SA hypermarket. There’s no natural light or soil, yet floor-to-ceiling shelves offer shoppers herbs and microgreens grown right in the store. 

The fresh produce is a rare sight in the United Arab Emirates, which is almost all desert and imports 80% of its food. It’s marketed as a healthy way for customers to reduce the carbon emissions that would be generated transporting their groceries.

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Mubadala to invest in Asper’s AED 2.1 billion Dorothea Investment Vehicle – United Arab Emirates

Mubadala, the Abu Dhabi-based sovereign investment company, today announced that it will be taking a significant stake into Asper Investment Management’s (Asper) Dorothea investment vehicle (Dorothea).

Dorothea is targeting to deploy more than AED 2.1 billion (€ 500 mn) into building a network of district heating services across the Netherlands.

Asper is Europe’s leading independent investment management firm specialized in sustainable real assets with investment vehicles dedicated to energy transition and a track record in district heating since 2014.

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Abu Dhabi’s Al Dahra, Israel’s Watergen ink water security deal – United Arab Emirates

Watergen developed a pioneering technology to produce water from the air and patented the world’s most energy-efficient atmospheric water generator (AWG).

The large-scale AWG is an industrial scale atmospheric water generator designed for towns, villages, factories, off-grid settlements and rural communities, which can produce up to 5,000 litres of water per day.

They can also be installed on rooftops, helping to decentralise the supply of safe-drinking water in municipalities that have insufficient water infrastructure.

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Abu Dhabi Investment Office offers startups $41mln in AgTech incentives – United Arab Emirates

The state-run Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) has rolled out $41 million worth of incentives for three agriculture technology (Agri tech) companies under its AgTech Incentive Programme, ADIO’s Director General said.

In April, ADIO had laid out $100 million worth of incentives for four companies – AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RNZ and Responsive Drip Irrigation (RDI).

Tariq Bin Hendi told Zawya that the AgTech Incentive Programme is focused on supporting innovators developing agriculture solutions that are locally relevant and globally exportable.

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Abu Dhabi’s water sector ‘vital for energy transformation’ – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s water sector is playing a pivotal role in energy transformation, with desalination technology through nine major plants, thus enhancing the emirate’s security of water supply.

Pioneering the transformation of the energy sector in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) is leading the process of developing the water sector through enacting policies and regulations to reform its operations.

Since its establishment in February 2018 to be the new regulator of the energy sector in the Abu Dhabi, DoE has implemented new work mechanisms and adopted performance improvement plans.

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23 July, 2020 Abu Dhabi’s water sector ‘vital for energy transformation’ – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s water sector is playing a pivotal role in energy transformation, with desalination technology through nine major plants, thus enhancing the emirate’s security of water supply to ensure business continuity and wellbeing of the community.

Pioneering the transformation of the energy sector in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) is leading the process of developing the water sector through enacting policies and regulations to reform its operations.

Since its establishment in February 2018 to be the new regulator of the energy sector in the Abu Dhabi, DoE has implemented new work mechanisms and adopted performance improvement plans to improve the efficiency of the sector, with the application of modern technology in desalination plants one particular priority.

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Abu Dhabi Department of Energy Issues 2019 Annual Technical Report – UAE

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has issued the 2019 Annual Technical Report for Water, Wastewater and Electricity Sectors in Abu Dhabi, as part of its role as the regulating body, in charge of driving improvement in the technical performance of the energy sector. The aim is to enable the sector to play its critical part in driving the energy transition with improved efficiency and security of supply, while contributing to socio-economic growth and environmental sustainability.

The report features performance indicators for the water, electricity, and wastewater and recycled water, health, safety, and environment, exploring productivity rates and the developments that have transformed these sectors, as well as demand loads, transmission and distribution, and power grid performance in addition to identifying licensees in each sector.

The report has been developed based on the regulatory reports and documents submitted to DoE by the licensed companies operating in each sector across the emirate over the course of last year.

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TAQA revenue stays stable at $4.79bn in 2019 – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), a leading global energy company with operations in 11 countries, said the total group revenues were stable at Dh17.6 billion ($4.79 billion) in 2019 (down 1% versus 2018). 

It said the group had achieved strong operational performance for the year with increased production levels across its businesses: power, water, oil and gas. “This helped ensure continued financial profitability for the group for a third consecutive year, despite more challenging market conditions for the oil and gas industry,” the company said.

The net income attributable to TAQA shareholders was Dh234 million, a Dh164 million decrease year-on-year, it said.

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World’s largest reverse osmosis desalination project to open in Abu Dhabi in 2022 – United Arab Emirates

Emirates Water and Electricity Company, EWEC – a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation – and ACWA Power – the Saudi-based developer, investor and operator of power generation and desalinated water plants – have confirmed the successful financial closing of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant.

The new plant will be located at the Taweelah power and water desalination complex in Abu Dhabi, with completion expected in 2022.

A partnership of Abu Dhabi Power Corporation and Mubadala Investment Company holds a 60 percent equity interest in the Taweelah project with the remaining 40 percent held by ACWA Power. 

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Ansaldo Energia awarded TNBE power plant service contract – Dubai

Ansaldo Energia has been awarded a 10-year structured service agreement for their Taweelah New B Extension (TNBE) combined cycle power plant by Taweelah Asia Power Company (TAPCO) in Abu Dhabi.

The Italian firm said in a statement that the full-scope, turnkey service agreement with the independent water and power producer (IWPP) covers three dual fuel Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbines and SGEN5-1000A air-cooled generators, coupled with a Siemens SST5-6000 Steam Turbine and SGEN5- 2000H hydrogen-cooled generator, including all related auxiliaries.

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