ABB technology to solar power Hatta villas in the UAE

ABB DubaiThe installation is expected to be completed by summer 2018. (Image Source: Al Mostajed Technologies Co LLC)ABB, the global provider of electrification products, robotics and power, will supply 600 UNO-DM-PLUS grid-connected single phase solar inverters to power new villas in Hatta, the inland exclave in Dubai

The installation is being sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) who is also providing free solar panel installation across the 600 villas to all the UAE nationals in Hatta. The project management, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning, along with subsequent operations and management is being undertaken by Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and Al Mostajed Technologies Co LLC (AMT).

The project is in line with the UAE’s initiative to grow its solar capabilities. Earlier this month, the UAE announced plans to invest US$163bn to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewable sources by 2050, with the aim to increase clean-energy contributions to 50 per cent by 2050.

The Hatta project spans 200km and falls under the Shams Dubai initiative, which is installing solar panels on buildings throughout Dubai to provide self-generated solar power in all homes and generate electricity that can be fed into the electricity grid, ultimately reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

ABB’s UNO-DM-4.0-TL- PLUS series aims to provide a solution for residential PV installations. The inverter is available in a power range of 1.2kW to five kilowatt and focuses on delivering a higher performance with power density. According to ABB, the inverter acts by reducing installation times, providing easy and cost-effective installation.

“This flexible, future-proof inverter, with embedded connectivity and efficient communication protocol, allows the UNO-DM-PLUS to be integrated easily within any current or future device for smart building automation, smart grid integration and third-party monitoring and control systems,” said the company.

For plant monitoring and management, the installation includes ABB’s Aurora Vision Plant Management Platform, a cloud-cloud based solution using ABB Ability™, which is available through a web browser user interface to PV plant data. Aurora aims to provide highly interactive, real-time access to major performance and operations metrics to help plant management optimise decisions.

Speaking about ABB role in helping to meet the UAE’s renewable energy target, Loay Dajani, lead division manager for electrification products division at ABB Middle East and Africa, said that in UAE, ABB has integrated roof top PV power to the facility at Al Quoz in Dubai, which is one of the largest privately owned solar rooftop installations in the region.

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