ENOC Group opened the first solar-powered service station in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), reiterating its commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in line with the Dubai 2021 Plan to become a smart and sustainable city.
It has already laid out a detailed plan to deliver 14 service stations by 2017 to expand the UAE’s infrastructural capabilities.
The newly-opened service station on Shaikh Zayed Road near the twin Internet-Media City is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120-kilowatt hours.
ENOC claims the capacity is about 30 percent more energy than the station needs, so the excess power is directed back into the city’s power grid.
According to Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, “With two service station openings already announced earlier this year, the launch the UAE’s first solar powered service station demonstrates our efforts to become an environmentally responsible energy player.”
The DIC service station has taken as a pilot site, where the future ENOC service stations will have provisions to install PV solar panels on the roof of the canopy.
“We have been pioneering several initiatives across the country that are in line with the Dubai’s larger plan for a smarter and more sustainable Dubai while managing the emirate’s future growth,” added Al Falasi.
It is expected that the DIC service station will reduce the network’s carbon footprint by 195 equivalent tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
The petrol station will also deploy several energy saving technologies to recover vapor released from the petrol storage tanks and condense it back into fuel form.
The VR system is expected to convert up to 20,000 liters of fuel, the statement added.
The UAE, the fourth-biggest oil producer among Opec members, has made a relentless push to turn itself into a hub for renewable energy.
ENOC also uses a system to collect harmful vapors released from fuels, as well as solar lights, water recycling and other ‘green’ features in its other fuel pumps stations.
The new ENOC station on Shaikh Zayed Road is not the world’s first or bigger solar-powered fuel pump.
The largest solar power unit in Central Ohio, US, is now atop a canopy at a BP gas station.