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ENOC Group, the official integrated energy partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, has unveiled its innovatively designed gas station of the future at the Expo 2020 site
Not only does it cater to the logistical needs of the Expo 2020 fleet ahead of the global event, but also the residents of District 2020, a smart, people-centred community that will be a material legacy of the Expo after the event ends on 31 March 2022.
The facility is the world’s first LEED platinum-certified petrol station and the first in the region to feature a grid-connected wind turbine for generating electricity and a roof made of carbon fibres. The design of the canopy was inspired by the Ghaf, the national tree of the UAE.
Over 43,000 sqm of carbon fibre with a weight of 37 tonnes were used for the frame of the 133-layer canopy. The leaf-shaped canopy made of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushions is 100% UV and corrosion protected and is illuminated with more than 3,800 LED light modules. Another 22,500 sqm of carbon fibre was used for the nine tree structures that support the filling station building. Around 283 solar photovoltaic panels generate 143 MWh of solar power annually and a 25-metre-high wind turbine produces 12.7 MWh of wind energy per year.
Saif Humaid Al Falasi, the CEO of the ENOC group, emphasised the group’s endeavours to set standards under the motto “Reimagine Energy”: “As the official integrated energy partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, we have the opportunity, our industry and our country on the global stage. The filling station is further evidence of our active participation in the event. It is the first in the world to use the power of renewable energies and heralds a new era in fuel trading.”
The gas station filters the grey water with carbon filters to use for irrigation, and drinking water for the staff is obtained with a dehumidifying system using ozone. Machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics adjust the sales offer, manage queues and waiting times at the gas station and improve the customer experience.
Surface lights guide vehicles to the tank area and the entrances and exits. More than 12 million LED chips illuminate the digital screens. To increase safety, the station uses advanced fuel management and metering systems that monitor 24/7 that no leaks are occurring.
During the 400,000 hours worked to build the gas station, no work-related accidents with lost time were recorded. In doing so, ENOC has demonstrated its commitment to adhering to best practices in health, safety and the environment.