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Eaton's system optimises renewable energy use from sources like photovoltaic panels. (Image source: Eaton)

Energy

Eaton introduces xStorage Hybrid for energy transition in buildings

Intelligent power management company Eaton has launched its latest energy storage solution, xStorage Hybrid, aimed at simplifying the energy transition for residential and light commercial buildings.

xStorage Hybrid includes a range of single and multi-phase battery systems that can be integrated with Eaton’s pre-wired distribution boards and power protection boxes.

This system optimises renewable energy use from sources like photovoltaic panels while balancing grid energy consumption, enhancing energy availability, lowering CO2 emissions, and reducing energy bills.

It also provides a reliable backup power source for buildings.

Made for convenience

For installers, xStorage Hybrid offers a variety of options to customise the system according to customer needs. Additionally, firmware updates and battery management can be managed remotely, providing added convenience.

For building owners, xStorage Hybrid is suitable for both new-build and retrofit projects, aiding in compliance with regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption. In the European Union, this includes forthcoming regulations based on the newly approved Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

The integration of xStorage Hybrid with power management controls and pre-wired distribution boards supports Eaton’s Buildings as a grid approach, transforming buildings into energy hubs ready for future energy demands, including electric vehicle charging.

This is a key part of Eaton’s 'Everything as a Grid strategy', which focuses on creating flexible energy systems to accelerate decarbonisation, enhance resilience, reduce energy costs, and generate new revenue streams.

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.

Schneider Electric honors Al Mulla Engineering with the Sustainability Impact Award for outstanding efforts in enhancing HVAC efficiency and achieving decarbonisation. (Image source: Al Mulla Engineering)

Construction

Al Mulla wins Schneider's Sustainability Impact Award

Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy management and automation, has announced that Bader Al Mulla & Bros. Co. (Al Mulla Engineering), a member of Al Mulla Group and the largest contractor in Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) construction services, has won the Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Award 

Al Mulla Engineering was honored with this award for its outstanding efforts in helping customers achieve their decarbonisation goals. The company implemented energy-efficient designs to enhance HVAC system efficiency while maintaining optimal building operations. During this award cycle, Al Mulla Engineering's team aligned with customer sustainability goals and delivered customised solutions to optimise building operations. These solutions led to a 7% reduction in cooling water consumption and a 9% reduction in energy consumption in 2022 compared to the 2019 baseline.

This recognition is part of Schneider Electric’s initiative to support partners, customers, and suppliers dedicated to achieving sustainability goals. It also highlights Al Mulla Engineering’s strong commitment to ensuring that its strategic growth initiatives adhere to the highest global standards, maintaining sustainability practices across its diverse engineering operations.

Amel Chadli, Gulf countries president, commented, “I congratulate Al Mulla Engineering for its outstanding efforts to empower its customers to reach their sustainability goals. Businesses need to look beyond their own operations and consider who they are indirectly responsible for across their value chain and, crucially, who they can assist along the way. Reaching net zero is a collective goal, and we need to work together to share the best sustainable practices and support customers to decarbonise.”

Anfal N. Al Mulla, managing director of Al Mulla Engineering, added, “We are delighted to have been recognised for the work we have done to minimise the environmental impact on the planet and supporting to improve the performance of the building by providing the technologies to address the environmental social goals of our customers. We are acutely aware that expectations on businesses like ours to demonstrate how we are decarbonising our own operations and those of our customers, are only going to intensify as we draw closer to 2050. We wanted to get ahead and play our part in the journey to net zero and are proud to be recognized for this by receiving this award.”

Schneider Electric facilitates sustainable practices with solutions that are simplified, open and utilise digital transformation as a key driver for positive change. One way the company achieves this is by enabling partners to assess their own carbon footprint and build a trackable and traceable plan of action, as well as certifying partners’ ability to assess the sustainability of their supplier and customer ecosystems.

Schneider Electric Sustainability Impact Awards were launched in 2022 to celebrate and recognize the pivotal role that Schneider’s extensive network of partners play in delivering a more resilient and sustainable electric world. Participants continue to be carefully assessed on how they are leveraging energy and digital and automation solutions in operations, reducing energy usage, increasing operational efficiency, and embracing circularity across the value chain.

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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