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Trinasolar will deliver a total of 110 MW modules. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Energy

Trinasolar expands its presence in the Middle East and Africa with new distributor partnerships

The company has partnered with Noon for renewable energy in Lebanon, Al Takamul engineering in Palestine, and golden sun solar solutions in Sudan.

Through these partnerships, Trinasolar will deliver a total of 110 MW modules, including the advanced vertex n modules tailored to the region's specific energy needs.

The vertex n-type family, featuring state-of-the-art n-type i-TOPCon technology, offers superior efficiency, exceptional long-term reliability, and a lower levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for solar developers. These modules represent a major advancement in solar technology, setting new benchmarks for performance, reliability, and sustainability.

Trinasolar's expansion into the Middle East and Africa marks a significant milestone in its global mission to promote renewable energy adoption. Through strategic partnerships and cutting-edge innovations, Trinasolar remains committed to accelerating the transition to clean energy and achieving net-zero ambitions worldwide.

"We are thrilled to welcome Noon for Renewable Energy, Al Takamul Engineering, and Golden Sun Solar Solutions to our esteemed network of distributors," remarked Zhao Lei, head of strategic key accounts at Trinasolar. "Their expertise and dedication align perfectly with our mission to deliver cutting-edge solar solutions ensuring faster adoption of solar energy. These partnerships highlight our commitment to expanding our footprint in the Middle East and Africa and accelerate progress towards net-zero future."

The contract was formally concluded and signed in Westminster, at the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) headquarters. (Image source: Bluewater Bio)

Water

Bluewater Bio secures major water treatment contract in Bahrain

Bluewater Bio’s remarkable year-on-year growth is bolstered by yet another significant contract win, securing an upgrade of the North Sitra wastewater treatment works, valued at US$42mn (£33mn). This follows previous substantial upgrades that are now processing over 50% of the wastewater generated in the Kingdom of Bahrain

The pump's HEX@TM controller offers additional savings potential. (Image source: Atlas Copco)

Construction

Vacuum system from Atlas Copco vacuum enables sustainable production of building materials

Isola, located in Notodden in southern Norway, provides environmentally friendly products for the construction industry.

The company produces insulation materials, roofing membranes, wind protection, and sealing products. Given that the construction sector accounts for about 40% of global CO2 emissions, reducing harmful emissions with such building materials is crucial. Efficient production processes also play a significant role in combating climate change.

Until recently, two roots vacuum pumps were the core of these rough vacuum applications. "However, the disadvantage of these roots pumps was their high energy consumption: up to 90% of the energy used was lost via the waste heat from the motor," said Ulf Strand, factory manager at Isola in Notodden.

This prompted Isola to overhaul its production process and transition the vacuum supply to two oil-sealed, speed-controlled screw vacuum pumps: the GHS 2002 VSD+ with HEX@TM control from Atlas Copco. One of the key benefits of this system for the aforementioned applications is its energy recovery capability.

Intelligent resource management with advanced controller

"Since the changeover, the manufacturer has been able to recover three quarters of the heat loss via hot water by means of recuperation and utilise it productively in the process," summarises Roy Mikalsen, the responsible account manager at Atlas Copco.

The pump's HEX@TM controller offers additional savings potential: this control system allows precise adjustment of the speed to match the required vacuum level. This is particularly beneficial in applications where the vacuum demand varies significantly depending on the process and time of day. As a result, unnecessary vacuum performance is eliminated, and energy wastage is minimised, greatly enhancing efficiency and effectiveness.

Smart functionalities via user interface

Other features are also advantageous for Isola: with the Industry 4.0 capabilities of the GHS VSD+ series, the vacuum system status can be monitored at any time via smartphones or PCs. Additionally, users can start and stop the system or adjust the setpoint as needed through the configurable user interface.

"This allows the vacuum pumps to be configured even more specifically and sustainably for the respective applications," summarised Roy Mikalsen. Other optional functions include intelligent scheduling, pump-down optimisation and leak detection.

VSF solvent extraction technology is recognized worldwide and is used, for example, in the largest copper solvent extraction facilities across the globe.

Mining

Metso seeks to empower responsible energy transition

Metso, a provider of end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries, has announced an expansion to its solvent extraction offering and has introduced the VSF X solvent extraction plant with extended scope

Loubna Tricha and Tuna Gulenc. (Image source: Daikin)

Manufacturing

Daikin and OFPPT partner to develop skilled HVAC-R workforce in Morocco

Daikin Middle East and Africa, a company known for its air conditioning, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration solutions, has signed an MoU with the Moroccan Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) to build a skilled HVAC-R workforce in Morocco.

In its operations across Africa, Daikin prioritises sustainability by providing energy-efficient inverter R32 products and enhancing indoor air quality (IAQ).

The OFPPT, Morocco's primary public vocational training entity, focuses on improving the efficiency of industry partners by training employees to meet market demands. The training programmes are designed to align with the qualification needs and requirements of the labour market.

As Africa undergoes significant transformation, it presents immense growth opportunities for global and local businesses. Daikin has leveraged its global expertise to establish a strong presence in Africa, collaborating with local dealers, distributors, and technicians. The company has invested in the region by setting up brand shops and training centres and making its latest innovations accessible. Through its partnership with OFPPT, Daikin aims to develop top-tier talent for Morocco's HVAC-R industry.

Creating new opportunities

Daikin and OFPPT will work together to enhance Morocco's "Refrigeration and Thermal Engineering (FGT)" programme by creating advanced training courses, updating curricula, and developing exchange programmes. Additionally, young graduates will be offered internship opportunities within Daikin's network of partners.

Tuna Gulenc, vice president at Daikin Middle East and Africa, said, “For Daikin, innovation is a part of our DNA and local citizenship is how we operate. After successfully establishing training centres with the right partners in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, we now wish to share our expertise in Morocco.

“Partnering with institutions like OFPPT is not just our go-to-market strategy to advance the HVAC-R after-sales service, but with their solid network and our shared vision, we will penetrate the Moroccan HVAC-R industry to promote sustainable cooling practices that can only be met by educating the local market and its users. With this partnership, we aim to build a new generation of highly skilled workforce for the HVAC-R industry and mark our significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Morocco.”

Loubna Tricha, general director of the OFPPT, said, “Today, we have entered into a partnership with Daikin, a global leader in refrigeration and air conditioning, to develop professional training in these fields both in Morocco and Africa. This partnership will allow us to expand our training offerings through the introduction of new courses targeting emerging professions in the sector.

“It will also strengthen our collaboration in engineering to design advanced training programmes that incorporate the latest technological innovations and professional practices. The partnership between the OFPPT and Daikin will also provide us with the opportunity to enhance our teaching staff in newly identified disciplines and associated technologies through dedicated technical training sessions and immersive internships.”

The 415,000 sqm greenfield site will include 185,000 sqm of warehouse space. (Image source: DP World)

Logistics

DP World and Saudi Ports Authority begin construction on logistics park in Jeddah

DP World and the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) have begun construction on a US$250mn (SAR900 million) logistics park at Jeddah Islamic Port.

The park is designed to offer cutting-edge storage and distribution facilities, aiming to boost trade in Saudi Arabia and the broader region.

The 415,000 sqm greenfield site will include 185,000 sqm of warehouse space and an expansive multi-purpose storage yard, making it the largest integrated logistics park in the kingdom, with capacity for over 390,000 pallet positions.

Solar energy

Established in 2022 under a 30-year concession, Jeddah Logistics Park will be developed in two phases, with the opening planned for Q2 2025. The facility will feature a rooftop solar plant on the warehouse, generating 20 MW of renewable energy, enhancing its sustainable design.

In addition, the collaboration between Mawani and DP World includes managing the South Container Terminal through a separate 30-year concession signed in 2020. The terminal is currently in the final phase of a comprehensive modernisation project, scheduled for completion in Q4 2024, which will increase its handling capacity to five million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Together, these two DP World projects represent a combined investment of nearly US$1bn.

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman and CEO of DP World, said, “Saudi Arabia has always been a deeply important market for DP World and this milestone represents our ongoing commitment to the Kingdom. Jeddah Logistics Park, strategically located on the vital Asia-Europe shipping route, will provide world-class multimodal connectivity and market access for our customers while supporting the ambitious aims of Saudi Vision 2030. This investment marks a significant step as we mark 25 years of operations in Jeddah and underscores our enduring commitment to facilitating the flow of trade.”

President of Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), Omar Bin Talal Hariri, said, “This new logistics area will be connected to DP World’s South Container Terminal at Jeddah Islamic Port, facilitating growth and increasing the number of containers handled at the terminal. The project is part of Mawani’s broader efforts to expand the number of logistics centres in Saudi ports, in partnership with major national and international companies, and in line with the objectives of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy and Vision 2030.”

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