A 315 kW solar rooftop will be powered at the Al Quoz facility in Dubai, VAE. According to the company, the electricity will be used for powering the ABB office while feeding any surplus power to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) grid.
The region is renowned for its year around solar irradiation. The country is eager to develop a viable solar power market given the lengthy periods of sunshine it has each year. Abu Dhabi aims to generate 7 % of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, while Dubai targets 15 % by 2030.
The ABB solar rooftop further supports the Shams Dubai initiative that was launched by the state utility provider DEWA to connect solar energy to buildings. This is a part of the Distributed Renewable Resources Generation program. A variety of ABB string inverters will be used in this solar plant. ABB inverters with protection class IP65 enclosure and fan less design are well suited for this environment. The installed PVI, Trio and PRO 33 inverters will be connected to a building monitoring system (BMS) and can be monitored remotely. The BMS system will control and monitor the complete solar rooftop system, the i-bus® KNX system (temperature and lighting control) plus the power management with the Emax2 air circuit breakers. This will enable monitoring of the inverters, meteorological department data, power metering and analysis of the building’s lighting and temperature settings as well. According to ABB, this solar rooftop is nearing completion and will be powered shortly.