Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi committed to transitioning to clean and renewable forms of energy: DoE Chairman – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi’s energy sector is committed to supporting the global climate change agenda and the transformation to clean and renewable energy systems, said Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy (DoE) today.

Al Marar was speaking ahead of the first Regional Summit on Climate, which is being held in Abu Dhabi on April 5th. The event is taking place before the Leaders’ Summit on Climate in Washington this month, and the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which takes place in November in Glasgow, UK.

“Thanks to the directives of the wise leadership, Abu Dhabi and the UAE are making pioneering efforts to fulfill their obligations towards reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, limiting the phenomenon of climate change, and achieving the highest levels of sustainability in the energy sector,” he said.

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ABB technology to power world’s largest seawater desalination project – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Approximately 45 kilometers north of Abu Dhabi city, the Taweelah project will be the first reverse osmosis independent water project in Abu Dhabi which will desalinate seawater for supply to local communities and industry in the area.

It will also set new benchmarks for its size, efficiency and cost by utilizing the lowest amount of energy per cubic meter of water produced.

The USD 500 million development will have the capacity to process over 900,000 cubic meters of seawater per day, enough to meet the demands of over 350,000 households and is scheduled to become fully operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.

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Manhat to focus on natural water distillation – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based startup Manhat is all set to focus on natural water distillation based on local innovation, said Dr Saeed Alhassan, founder, Manhat.

The startup is a deep technology venture that utilises patents with research and developments done in UAE to commercialise its technology.

“Our technology is based on physical sciences and not on computer programming like other startups. Additionally, companies working in the water domain are based on imported technologies compared to ours; which is based on local innovation,” said Alhassan, who is a PhD holder in chemical engineering and a faculty at Khalifa University. He is the first recipient of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal of Scientific Excellence in 2017 and has 13 inventions disclosures and seven granted patents.

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Expressions of interest invited for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa 2 water project – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates Water and Electricity Company (Ewec) has invited developers to submit expressions of interest for its planned Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project, a reverse osmosis facility planned with the capacity to supply up to 150 million imperial gallons a day (MIGD) of desalinated water.

Expressions of interest invited for Abu Dhabi’s Mirfa 2 water projectAccording to reports on online news outlet Energy-Utilities, developers have been invited to submit their expressions of interest by March 4 for the desalination project.

The reports also quoted sources close to the project as saying that Ewec has appointed an advisory team of Alderbook, White & Case and Fichtner as financial, legal and technical advisers respectively.

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EWEC calls for bids for 150m imperial gallon per day desalination plant – United Arab Emirates

Developers/developer-consortiums have been invited to submit expressions of Interest (EoIs) by the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) for the Mirfa 2 (M2) independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi.

According to a statement, the M2 desalination plant will use reverse osmosis (RO) to supply up to 150m imperial gallons per day of water, improving the security of water supply in Abu Dhabi.

The project is also expected to play a key role in the ongoing cost reduction initiatives in the sector, through the procurement of competitive and efficient RO water desalination technology.

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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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