Enerwhere powers DIFC construction site with largest lithium-ion battery in the Middle East
Cutting edge solar-hybrid technology for construction: a cleaner, cheaper & more reliable alternative
Dubai, 27 September 2017
Enerwhere recently completed the installation of a solar hybrid generator system for Multiplex’ site offices at ICD Brookfield Place in the Dubai International Financial Centre. A first in the Middle East, the power system uses a combination of solar PV panels, batteries and generators running on biodiesel produced by Dubai-based Neutral Fuels. This is Enerwhere’s second installation for Multiplex in the UAE. Enerwhere provides this solution on a lease basis, requiring no upfront investment by Multiplex.
The site office uses power generated from 40 kWp of solar panels installed on the roof during daytime and switches to the site’s 100 kW / 200 kWh battery system at night. If there is not enough power available from solar and battery, the site’s diesel generators will run on biodiesel as a backup. The solar PV, battery and diesel generator systems are fully synchronized, so both can provide power at the same time when required. The hybrid system reduces the diesel fuel consumption and carbon footprint of the site by around 27%, saving over 800 tons of carbon every year, while reducing the cost and increasing the reliability of site operations.
Daniel Zywietz, CEO of Enerwhere, explained: “Most construction sites in the UAE are powered by diesel generators, which are the dirtiest and most expensive form of power generation. Additionally, with the high temperatures and humidity in the UAE, conventional engines sometimes break down. In a conventional system, this will result in a complete power outage, as the backup generator takes approximately 20 seconds to start. In an office full of computers this could be a major issue, as dozens of people will lose their work. Enerwhere’s new solar-battery-hybrid solution is cleaner and cheaper than conventional generators, and provides a much higher reliability. This supports Multiplex’s environment and sustainability agenda. There is no reason why every construction company in the UAE could not follow their lead.”
Stephen Smith, SHEQ Director of Multiplex, says “The decision to implement a solar hybrid system at the core of our operations has turned out to be a success. By converting to solar technologies, we are actively tapping into a resource that is abundant here in the UAE, enabling us to benefit from reductions in our carbon emissions alongside a reduced fuel bill at the end of the month. Multiplex began this journey in 2014, by initially using biofuels in our buses, since then we have proved that making stronger attempts to diversify towards green technologies across our site operations is a win-win situation.”
Karl Feilder, Chairman and CEO of The Neutral Group, said the company was proud to count Enerwhere & Multiplex amongst its customers. “We always knew it would take time for big business to recognise the importance of very low carbon footprint fuel. Even today there are whole countries that don’t recognise it. We’ve had 5 years to hone our craft and our skills, and now even the trucks that deliver the waste oil to our Neutral Fuels biorefinery run on biodiesel, as does the truck that delivers biofuel to Enerwhere and Multiplex sites. It doesn’t get more environmentally friendly than that!”
The success of this project has allowed Enerwhere to begin rolling out this technology with Multiplex and other clients in the UAE. These construction companies can now all look forward to a cleaner more profitable future.
Picture credit: Enerwhere
Enerwhere is the world’s first distributed solar utility company, based in Dubai. Enerwhere uniquely combines a range of technologies to provide the cheapest, cleanest, and most efficient energy solution to meet the power needs of customers in construction, oil & gas, mining, hospitality and manufacturing sectors. Because all of Enerwhere’s equipment is fully modular and transportable these solutions are available on a rental / lease basis, saving customers money from day 1.
In order to fund its triple digit annual growth, Enerwhere is currently raising funds via the Eureeca.com crowd funding platform. Enerwhere will use the funds to procure additional solar and battery equipment, and to fund working capital. For more information and to register interest in the crowd funding please visit: http://info.eureeca.com/enerwhere.
For further information about Enerwhere, please visit www.enerwhere.com.
Multiplex has been delivering landmark property and infrastructure assets for more than 50 years. We are a leading international contractor with a focus on sustainable growth.
Recognising the exciting growth potential of the region, Multiplex was one of the first international construction businesses to establish offices in the Middle East during the late 1990s. In the ensuing 20 years, Multiplex has built a reputation for fast delivery and high quality through the design and construction of some of the most challenging projects in the region.
Based from head offices located in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Multiplex has the expertise and resources to operate and deliver in all aspects of the property cycle, providing clients with a complete end-to-end solution.
ABOUT THE NEUTRAL GROUP AND NEUTRAL FUELS
The Neutral Group www.tng.ae is an international clean-tech organisation founded in 2006 by Karl W. Feilder to build sustainability strategies for the logistics, energy and hospitality industries and to execute significant reductions in energy spend and CO2 emissions. Neutral Fuels LLC www.biodiesel.ae is a Dubai based company which converts used cooking oil into European EN14214 standard compliant biodiesel, a sustainable replacement for fossil diesel. Neutral Fuels is the first licensed biorefinery in the UAE and the first biofuels producer in the world to pioneer and master a successful biodiesel production business model that operates entirely without government subsidy and has secured a stable feedstock supply to ensure the continuous processing of a consistently high-quality end product.