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SHC 2017 and SWC 2017, Abu Dhabi

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 24, 2016
The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme and the International Solar Energy Society, ISES recently announced that their next international conferences, the Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry Conference (SHC 2017) and the ISES Solar World Congress 2017 (SWC 2017) will be held together. Both events will take place at the Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on October 29 to November 2, 2017 and will be hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.
 

Intersolar Middle East 2017, Dubai

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on October 23, 2016
The second edition of Intersolar Middle East will take place again in Dubai at the DWTC from September 25 to 27, 2017. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and solar thermal technologies. Intersolar Middle East’s first edition attracted over 4,000 visitors and more than 260 conference attendees from all GCC countries and beyond.
 

Dubai: No Solar Thermal System, No Building Permit

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 4, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel DubaiDubai’s solar thermal obligation has had a positive impact on demand for solar water heating systems across the emirate. Since March 2012, newbuilds with a single owner, such as hotels, workers’ dwellings, private villas, shopping malls and public buildings, have had to cover at least 75 % of their annual hot water requirements by solar energy, provided that enough roof space is available. Proprietors of swimming pools have had to install additional solar thermal systems with a capacity of 50 % or more of the total required for heating these pools (see the attached Dubai Municipality Circular No. 183 from 2011). “Consultancies, building owners and construction companies have since become increasingly aware of the opportunities of solar water heaters,” explained Jim Sebastian Parambil, Managing Director of Ecoval Trading, Dubai, UAE. His company, which specialises in heating and cooling solutions with solar thermal collectors and heat pumps, has been in the business for more than 14 years. The photo shows one of Ecoval’s 2014 systems, which consists of 200 Solahart BT collectors and was installed at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.
Photo: Ecoval
 

World Future Energy Summit 2017, Abu Dhabi

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on February 18, 2016
Since its inception in 2008, World Future Energy Summit “WFES” has evolved as an important annual meeting for the renewable energy and environment industry. In 2015 the organisers counted more than 32,000 attendees from 170 countries including world leaders, international policy makers, industry leaders, investors, experts, academia, intellectuals and journalists. WFES promotes innovation and investment opportunities surrounding renewable energy and environment. It represents a business platform bringing together project owners and solution providers with investors and buyers from both the public and private sectors. WFES includes a summit, two exhibitions, young future energy leaders program, round table discussions, industry and investment seminars, corporate meetings and social events.

Intersolar Middle East, Dubai

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on December 9, 2015
Intersolar Middle East takes place from 19 to 21 September 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in conjunction with GulfSol, the key event in the Middle East dedicated to the solar industry. The event’s exhibition and conference both focus on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage systems and solar thermal technologies. Since being founded, Intersolar has become one of the most important industry platforms for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry.
 

UAE: Green Buildings Certification and Impact on Solar Technology Deployment

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 1, 2015
Green Building RatingThe countries in the Gulf region have taken the path of mandatory green building certifications instead of solar building obligations, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading the ranking on the highest number of green buildings: 823 of an overall 1,281 green premises in the Gulf nations are located in the UAE. Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman follow far behind. The ranking is based on information from online database www.usgbc.org/projects, which includes 80,917 premises certified according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system developed in the USA. The global database is managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and shows that the other Gulf countries – e.g., Bahrain, Yemen and Kuwait – only have 15 buildings altogether. The country with the largest share of highly ranked buildings with Silver, Gold or Platinum is Saudi Arabia, where green headquarters seem to provide a great PR boost for companies and institutions. 
Source: USGBC
 

UAE: Museum in Al Ain Garden City Receives 5-Pearl Estidama Rating

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 4, 2015
Desert Learning CenterThe Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Center in Abu Dhabi is aiming at becoming the first building to be awarded a 5-pearl Estidama construction rating certificate. The museum and research centre inaugurated in 2015 is located in a tourist area, which includes a 400-hectar wildlife park and a resort consisting of hotels, themed safari tours and residential areas, right on the outskirts of the second-largest city of the emirate, Al Ain, also known as the Garden City. The building has about to achieve Platinum standard, the highest rating of the US LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification scheme. The owner of the building, state-owned Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, paid EUR 56 million for the green showcase project, which has been adapted for the hot and dry desert climate (see the attached PDF). Solarthermalworld.org already reported on the first 4-pearl office building in Masdar City, which was certified according to the newly developed Estidama rating system of the Abu Dhabi emirate. 
Photo: Züblin Spezialtiefbau
 

Novel Solar Thermal Polygeneration System for Sustainable Production of Cooling, Clean Water and Domestic Hot Water in UAE (2014)

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on January 23, 2015

This master thesis, written by Gowtham Mohan at the Stockholm KTH School of Industrial Engineering and Management, introduces a solar thermal poly-generation (STP) system for production of chilled water for air conditioning using absorption chiller, pure water with membrane distillation and domestic hot water by heat recovery.

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