Dubai’s ENOC opens first solar-powered service station in UAE

Dubai government-owned oil and gas company Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has opened United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first solar-powered service station.

The service station, located near Dubai Internet City on Sheikh Zayed Road, will produce 120 kilowatt per hour (kWh) at peak capacity.The excess 30% energy will be transmitted back to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority(DEWA) main grid, it said.

“We have laid out a detailed plan to deliver 14 service stations by 2017. With two service station openings already announced earlier this year, the launch of the UAE’s first solar powered service station demonstrates our efforts to become an environmentally responsible energy player,” Saif Humaid Al Falasi, ENOC Group CEO, said in a statement.

The petrol station will also deploy several energy saving technologies such as variable refrigerant flow air-conditionings units, motion sensor energy lighting, and vapor recovery system that uses a process to recover vapor released from the petrol dispensers/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.

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