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CREATING A SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE
The government of Dubai has adopted a holistic vision for the energy sector, covering issues such as energy security, energy efficiency, sustainability and its rational use.
Dubai has set the goal for itself to become one of the most sustainable cities by 2020 with the vision of becoming the city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. The local government is implementing green building rules in its new projects, and taking the necessary steps to change the old systems to energy saving systems.
Over the past century, Dubai has experienced a dramatic transformation. In 1900 an estimated 10,000 people lived in the city situated on the desert edge. Now regarded as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, Dubai has a population of over 2.1 million people and receives between 8 to 10 million visitors per year. The incredible speed of this development and the ambition of Dubai’s vision have amazed the world.
Such rapid growth, however, has also brought sustainability concerns. The arid desert setting brings a heavy dependence on desalinated water and air-conditioning to deal with temperatures reaching well over 40 degrees Celsius in summer. The endless urbanization increased its dependence on power. Dubai became one of the highly polluted cities in the world in 2010 reaching a critical level of air pollution, as high as the capital cities of India and China. Recognizing these challenges, sustainable architecture and engineering are part of Dubai’s initiative to become cleaner and greener.
Powering Dubai with clean energy
Supporting Dubai’s vision of building a world-class smart city, the Sustainable City development in the area is becoming the first fully integrated sustainable community fully powered by solar energy. To help achieve this milestone, the city will rely on 400 ABB string inverters to harness the power of the sun for the development’s residents. These essential components convert the direct current produced in solar panels into alternating current for use in electrical grids.
Largest solar project in the world
Further expansions are planned and the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, when completed by 2030, will be spread across a 70 square kilometer area, making it the largest single-site solar project in the world with a capacity of 5,000 MW - enough to serve 800,000 homes and help mitigate the impact of around 6.5 million tons of carbon dioxide per year. This development supports the UAE’s goal to be a global center of clean energy and a green economy by 2050.
Sustainable development comes from action, not just words. With all support, Dubai is acting on it pledge of a sustainable future.