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Excess heat in the EU alone represents an estimated 2,860 TWh/y. (Image source: Danfoss)

Energy

HP and Danfoss aim to curb data center energy consumption

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Danfoss are collaborating to deliver the HPE IT Sustainability Services – Data Centre Heat Recovery, an off-the shelf heat recovery module, helping organisations manage and value excess heat as they transition towards more sustainable IT facilities.

The rapid integration of AI technologies across organisations and businesses is expected to have a dramatic increase in the power demand and utilisation of AI optimised IT infrastructure.

According to the International Energy Agency, by 2026 the AI industry is expected to have grown exponentially to consume at least ten times its electricity demand in 2023. To mitigate these challenges, IT leaders and data centre facility operators are taking action to reduce energy usage, such as implementing modern power-efficient capabilities and improved cooling systems. 

Excess heat in the EU alone represents an estimated 2,860 TWh/y, almost equal to the EU’s total energy demand for heat and hot water in residential and service sector buildings. The flow of excess heat from data centres is uninterruptible and therefore constitutes a very reliable source of clean energy.

“Our strategic partnership with HPE is a great example of how we revolutionise building and decarbonising the data centre industry together with customers,” said Jürgen Fischer, president, Danfoss Climate Solutions. “With this latest cross-industry partnership we’re building the blueprint for the next generation of sustainable data centres – using technologies available today”.

“The Data Center industry is booming in MENA, and at Danfoss we are committed to providing solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and enhance energy efficiency. This is one of the excellent initiatives taken, where we lead the way in providing the industry with the right know-how and paving the way to greener data centres”, added Ziad Al Bawaliz, regional president at Danfoss Turkey, Middle East and Africa.

Modularity's advantages and flexibility

Direct liquid cooling (DLC) technologies are included into HPE's MDC to optimise energy production and distribution and increase energy efficiency by more than 20%, resulting in significant energy savings.

The compact design maximises the temperature differential between the input and exit, which encourages the capture of excess heat, and minimises energy loss by shortening the distance for the transmission of energy and cooling fluid. Additionally, the MDC's flexibility and the removal of heavy industrial components significantly shorten the time to market by eliminating the requirement for pricey, traditional building materials.

Three times as fast as with typical data centres, deployment can be completed in as little as six months, as opposed to eighteen.

Last but not least, the MDCs' smaller footprint and adaptability enable their placement close to data creation locations, which lessens the energy impact and bottlenecks related to sophisticated networking solutions and data transfer while simultaneously promoting improved data governance and security.

“At HPE, we believe in the power of collaboration to create transformative solutions,” said Sue Preston, vice president and general manager, WW Advisory & Professional Services & Managed Services, HPE. “Our partnership with Danfoss brings together HPE’s innovative modular data centre with Danfoss’ groundbreaking heat reuse technology. Together, we are not just adding value; we are multiplying it. By harnessing the typically untapped resource of waste heat, turning waste into worth, showing the future of energy usage is efficient, intelligent, and, most importantly, achievable now.”

The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water. (Image source: Metito)

Water

Egypt gets world's largest water treatment plant

The New Delta Irrigation Water Treatment Plant in Egypt has been declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records (GWR). 

It is constructed by a joint venture comprising Orascom Construction, Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, and Metito, under the mandate of the Ministry of Defence - Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The plant achieved four GWR global records: the largest water treatment facility, the most capacious and operationally robust plant, the largest area for epoxy coating in structures, and the biggest sludge treatment plant globally.

These accolades were celebrated in an official ceremony attended by representatives from the JV companies—Hassan Allam Construction, Arab Contractors, Orascom Construction, and Metito—along with government officials, including Dr. Hani Sweilem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation; Major General Ahmed Al-Azzazi, Head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces; Mohamed El Dahshoury, CEO of Hassan Allam Construction; Karim Madwar, CEO of Metito Egypt and Managing Director of Metito Africa; Hossam El Reefy, Senior Vice President of Arab Contractors; and Ihab Mehawed, Managing Director of Orascom Construction.

The plant has a production capacity of 7.5 million m³/day of agricultural drainage water, playing a crucial role in the reclamation and development of 2 million acres in the western Delta region. Spanning an area of over 320,000 m², the plant operates at a capacity of 86.8 m³/second and boasts a substantial sludge treatment capability of 670.01 kg/s. This project stands as one of the most significant sustainability initiatives worldwide, incorporating state-of-the-art sustainable technologies and solutions. Completed within a record-setting time of 24 months, the plant is a pivotal component of Egypt's national water resources plan, aiming to ensure water security and promote prosperity and sustainability for future generations.

Fostering UK-Saudi collaboration in sustainable infrastructure

The UK-Saudi Sustainable Infrastructure Summit, to take place in London on 24 June, will showcase bilaterial partnership opportunities on sustainable city development and green technologies while discussing the growing green infrastructure financing market

The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) in partnership with the City of London Corporation (COLC) is hosting the summit at Plaisterers’ Hall in London on 24 June, which will bring together around 250 Saudi and UK industry and financial sector leaders with leading giga project representatives to discuss urbanisation and sustainable city development and financing, including the scaling up of green technologies and renewable energy solutions.

Attended by a high-level Saudi delegation led by the Saudi Ministry of Investment and the Federation of Saudi Chambers, the event builds on previous SBJBC and COLC events, and an already strong UK/Saudi public and private dialogue on clean energy development and decarbonisation. It also follows the UK’s recent successful Great Futures event in Riyadh and growing involvement by UK companies in Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives currently transforming economic sectors, and giga project development.

The event, supported by lead sponsors NEOM and SAB (Saudi Awwal Bank), will address the importance of UK-Saudi collaboration in sustainable infrastructure development and advancing the green transition through panels on bridging the investment gap; how smart urban planning can help to build resilient and liveable communities; and the scaling up of green technology and renewable energy initiatives.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli said, “I’m delighted to host this crucial summit. Sustainable infrastructure around the world is essential to tackling climate change, boosting economic development, and ensuring access to vital provisions such as transport, energy, and water. This summit offers an excellent platform to adopt and share knowledge gained from Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 sustainable development plans. Saudi Arabia is investing more in infrastructure than any other country in the Middle East region, including in 14 new giga-projects. This investment, combined with the City of London’s expertise and leadership in sustainable finance, can set a global template for sustainable development.”

Further details of the Forum are available here

Terex equipment for mining. (Image source: Terex)

Mining

Terex looks to expand mining portfolio

Terex, which provides compact and mid-sized crushing and screening equipment, has launched Magna, a new brand to address the demands of large-scale operations in the quarrying, mining, construction, and recycling industries. 

Magna aims to offer a new range of robust, high-capacity machinery tailored to meet the needs of customers requiring larger output and volumes. 

Magna will leverage the global presence of Terex that spans across all continents, providing high-quality solutions supported by a global network of skilled distributors. 

Pat Brian, vice president of Terex Aggregates explains, “While we have a prominent position in the global market for compact and mid-sized materials processing equipment, Magna will position us to serve customers requiring higher output machines, via our renowned and extensive global distribution network. With an ambitious product roadmap and supported by Terex-wide engineering, manufacturing, marketing, parts, and service capabilities, Magna will provide significant growth potential for Terex.”

Spearheading the launch of Magna is Neil McIlwaine, newly appointed business line director. Having previously worked for Finlay, Neil completed several successful assignments in China and South Africa to establish and increase Finlay’s distribution footprint and continued growth strategy globally. 

“I am excited to leverage my experience to drive innovation, growth, and success for Magna,” said Neil McIlwaine. “Large and robust crushing and screening equipment is essential for quarries and other operations that require high output and volumes. Magna truly is made for more; with equipment that is designed to have more power to handle more material throughput efficiently, ensuring more productivity and more cost-effectiveness for customers."

Jörg de la Motte and Dr. Michael Löbig. (Image source: HIMA Group)

Manufacturing

HIMA expands global operations and secures major projects

The HIMA Group, a family-owned business and a provider of safety-related automation solutions, has marked a successful financial year in its history with the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year. The company plans to further expand its global presence and solution portfolio for the process industry and railway technology.

In 2023, HIMA achieved sales of 151.4 million euros, reflecting an organic growth of 12%. The acquisition of Sella Controls in February 2023 contributed to an overall sales increase of 20%.

Expanding global presence and reach

The HIMA Group is steadily advancing its international expansion. Building on last year's acquisition of Sella Controls in the UK, the HIMA Group further extended its reach by acquiring Norwegian technology company Origo Solutions in February 2024.

HIMA has received a significant order from the Norwegian energy company Equinor to supply equipment for both onshore and offshore plants. The development of the SCADA+ system by Origo Solutions has broadened HIMA's expertise into renewable energy.

The company's presence has grown with new locations in Saudi Arabia and expanded operations in Slovakia and the Middle East. A new subsidiary in India is set to open by the end of this year. In regions where HIMA lacks a direct presence, the company is expanding its partner program to enhance engineering and support capabilities through qualified partners.

Advanced solutions

HIMA has seen success in various sectors, including new rail projects in the UK, Italy, and India. The railway industry, alongside the process industry, remains a key market for HIMA. Thanks to Sella Controls, the company's product and solution portfolio has grown, leading to new projects such as an overspeed prevention system in the UK, which automatically reduces rail vehicle speed and enables driver monitoring. Additionally, HIMA's safety controllers are securing the earthing system in Italy's high-speed train tunnel "Galleria Ceraino," operating fully automatically and remotely in compliance with SIL 4 standards. A partnership has been established with an Indian company to develop the Automatic Train Protection System ("Kavach").

"Our growth strategy, which is based on the digitalisation of functional safety with added value in parallel with international expansion, paid off in 2023," says Jörg de la Motte, CEO of the HIMA Group. 

"HIMA continued to grow profitably in 2023 – for our shareholders this is a good basis for further investments," adds Dr. Michael Löbig, CFO of the HIMA Group. By region, Europe dominates the business of the HIMA Group with a 55% share of sales. This is followed by Asia (20%) and the Middle East (17%). The Americas account for 8% of sales.

The webinar will gather industry experts to discuss the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations. (Image source: Alain Charles Publishing)

Logistics

How digital twin technology can enhance transportation management

Technical Review Middle East will be hosting a free-to-view leadership virtual panel on 11 June in association with Bentley, exploring how to maximise productivity and achieve better results in transportation management by integrating digital twin technology

The transport sector in the Middle East and Africa is undergoing a transformative journey in line with consumer pressures and international influences. The growing urgency to minimise environmental impact in all sectors, the importance of delivering safe operations and the pressure to ensure interoperability among new systems across the region are but a few of the demands stakeholders tasked with delivering the transport systems of tomorrow must deliver on.

In performing this duty and re-imagining rail, road and transit operations for the benefit of all, industry leaders are being ever-drawn to the advantages offered by modern technology such as digital twins. In the dedicated virtual panel session, speakers will:

• Explore present challenges and opportunities in the transport sector;
• Examine the role of digital technology as a catalyst for boosting productivity;
• Consider strategies for progressing towards a net-zero carbon future;
• Emphasise maintenance, asset management, and digital solutions.

Industry leaders in attendance

Between 2pm-4pm (UAE) on 11 June, Technical Review Middle East and Bentley will host the free-to-view virtual webinar that will investigate these exciting developments, bringing together leading minds from the industry in order to do so. Joining host Robert Daniels, Editor at Alain Charles Publishing, on the virtual platform:

Mark Coates: Vice President, Infrastructure Policy Advancement at Bentley Systems;
Khalil Al-Abbasi: Sustainability Consultant, The Department of Municipalities and Transport;
Dr. Hamad Al Jassmi: Director of Emirates Centre for Mobility Research, UAEU;
• Debabrata Chakraborty: Sr. Regional Director, MEA & Turkey, Bentley Systems;
• Prof. Dr. Sabih Gatea Khisaf: Infrastructure Lead Engineer MENA, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc;
• Johannes Neethling: Director: Design Services (Act.) & Chief Engineer: Road Systems, Chief Directorate Road Programme Management, Transport
Department of Infrastructure, Western Cape Government.

Together, this formidable line-up of industry experts will explore the growing role of technology in rail, road and transit operations; provide key insights into innovative strategies; investigate detailed case studies; and examine practical solutions that are helping to unlock a new era of safe and reliable transport systems.

Click here to register for the virtual session

And click here to learn more about Bentley Rail & Transit solutions

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MENA Construction 4.0 Forum 2023

Venue
Dubai, UAE

Venue:
The Landmark Centre, 
Nigeria

Dates:
24-25 May 2023

Website:

https://construction-forums.com/mena