ABB technology has revealed it is supporting the development of new smart solar power systems for the city of Dubai, UAE.
Dubai Electric and Water Authority (Dewa) is using the ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System to help develop data-driven strategies that maximise year-round solar energy production as part of the Smart Dubai initiative, said a statement from the company.
Smart Dubai is the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The city is hard-wiring Smart Design into its fast-evolving infrastructure in a series of greenfield initiatives that offer emerging economies a blueprint for sustainable development, it said.
The ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is a cloud-based platform for electrical systems that monitors plant performance, uses data analysis to identify optimisation opportunities, and enables the remote implementation of more effective power management strategies. It connects the electrical equipment, using the Emax 2 smart circuit breaker, with cloud-based intelligence and algorithms, removing the need for expensive additional devices and complex programming.
The ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System is being employed by Dewa to monitor production at ABB’s Al Quoz photovoltaic solar system. The 312-kW installation is the largest privately owned solar rooftop in the region, powering the ABB facility and feeding surplus energy into the grid.
ABB’s cloud-based platform makes it easy for Dewa analysts to integrate the power production data with other information, such as weather forecasts and actual rooftop temperatures, it added.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO and managing director, Dewa, said: “Dubai has come a long way in its transformation into a smart city under the guidance of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, whose forward-looking vision embraces the establishment of a Smart Government that can serve people anywhere, anytime through smart, connected systems that take the quality of living for Dubai residents and visitors to a whole new level.”
“The vision also sets out a clear path for government organisations to initiate the transition towards the digital era by developing and enhancing their services to meet people’s demands and achieve their happiness,” he said.
“Since 2009, Dewa has embarked on offering smart services, and is today the first government organisation to achieve the 100 per cent smart-transformation of its services after the Smart Dubai initiative was announced,” he added.
Al Tayer continued: “Dewa works in line with the UAE Vision to achieve smart transformation, and to support the leadership to meet the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, and Dubai Plan 2021.”
“We seek to promote Dubai as a smart, sustainable, and integrated city with high-tech infrastructure to support social and economic development as well as promote sustainable use of resources by ensuring best practices in consumption, efficiency and governance,” he said.
Dubai aims to generate 25 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and the development of a viable solar power market is key to this. Dewa is fast-tracking the introduction of digital innovations that will help better manage the city’s energy consumption and production with smart grids and smart meters, said a statement.
Loay Dajani, lead division manager – Middle East and Africa (MEA), electrification products division, ABB, said: “Our company’s cloud-based platform is enabling a new generation of data-driven strategies for power distribution systems. Data from our system enables Dewa to understand the effect of temperature and other seasonal changes on the yield from solar power systems.”
“The system is the perfect platform for this kind of collaborative project, producing the data needed for power distribution systems to integrate effectively into smart city concepts,” he added.
Although the UAE enjoys long periods of sunshine each year, the high ambient temperatures can also limit the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. In June, July and August, ambient temperatures in Dubai can reach 50-52°C. In these conditions, roof-mounted solar power systems can reach temperatures of 68°C, it stated.