Making smart cities energy smart

Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 12, 2014 – ABB, the global power and automation group, announced that Dubai’s vision of a becoming a ‘smart city’ in time for the Expo 2020 can be achieved effectively by adopting stringent energy efficiency measures.

Dubai is a young city and can implement the projects outlined for the next six years provided they are sustainable and energy efficient. By 2020, Dubai’s electricity consumption is expected to reach 9.6 GW, a 50 per cent jump from 2012 levels.

“This new power generated has to feed the massive developments that are being rolled out to make the city - Expo Ready. The existing industries and infrastructure both commercial and residential need to start reducing the amount of power they consume to help the city grow. This will also help support the Dubai Supreme Energy Council’s vision which aims to reduce energy demand by 30%,” said ABB’s Southern Gulf, Kuwait and Pakistan CEO, Carlos Pone.

“We are in a city that is bursting with activity and it’s the responsibility of every person and business to switch to energy efficient products and solutions to make Dubai truly a green economy, keeping in line with the Emirate’s vision,” added Pone.

He went on to cite the example of installation of drives to explain how a comparatively modest and inexpensive modification can help reduce the usage of energy. In Algeria, ABB’s drives have helped the world’s largest desalination plant reduce electrical costs, which is typically 30-60% of the operating cost. In Dubai, he said, ABB has worked on prestigious landmark projects including the world’s highest substation in Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai Aluminum and the Dubai Airport, where apart from providing a reliable network for power generation, ABB systems have helped in reducing more than 30% of the energy consumption.

Pone also believed that Dubai’s vision of integrating renewable sources of energy with fossil fuels can be achieved successfully by the use of smart grids. ABB is developing one of the most intelligent grids in Sweden which will serve as a model grid to Europe in terms of minimal land usage and environmental impact. ABB is a market leader in High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC), which is the foremost technology for integrating more intermittent forms of renewable energy into the local power grid, particularly over long distances. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named ABB’s HVDC circuit breaker as one of its top ten breakthrough technologies for the year.

ABB’s range of energy efficient solutions and products are today incorporated into the entire energy value chain: from the extraction of resources and their transformation into electricity, liquefied natural gas or refined petroleum products, to their efficient use in industry, transportation and buildings.

“We help our customers squeeze the most value from each unit of energy they use. We want to tell the architects, engineers and consultants who are working on making Dubai energy smart that we have the technology and that six years to the Expo is a very short time, so make the most of now. We, in ABB, believe that good things come to those who can’t wait,” Pone added.

ABB, the winner of Zayed Future Energy Prize is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.



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