Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Dubai’s ENOC harnesses wind and sunlight to power up futuristic service station

Right from driving people towards electric cars with incentives like free charging to incorporating AI into public transport, smart mobility is at the heart of Dubai’s futuristic ambitions. The city has also become home to the world’s largest solar park to power up a sustainable public service infrastructure with clean energy sources.

Dubai’s commitment for a tech transition is evident from events it hosts for digital innovators, including Gitex and the upcoming Expo, undeterred by a pandemic. With the world’s top notch tech offerings headed towards the Emirati tech hub, Dubai’s state-owned energy firm has shed light on a futuristic service station to boost electric mobility and promote renewable energy.

The facility by ENOC will be powered by harnessing the sun’s energy via 280 solar panels and an additional thrust for its green energy voyage will come from wind power captured through a 25 metre turbine. With power generation ensuring adherence to Dubai’s vision for 2030, the service centre will also have smart tech including machine learning that can create personalised service packages for each customer, while also handling queues to reduce waiting time.

Going all out for sustainability, the premises will also house a carbon filtration mechanism, which will clean up waste water to be reused in irrigation and push the city towards greener pastures. Staff and consumers can stay hydrated with drinking water squeezed out of thin air, as the service station will deploy technology to convert moisture in the atmosphere into water.

Motorists will be guided in the direction of the futuristic establishment, equipped with electric charging points, through surface lighting.

The oil rich Emirates have stepped on the gas to promote electric vehicle adoption via free charging and universal chargers among other incentives. Apps to guide first time EV owners for buying and maintaining electric cars have also zoomed in to capitalise, as more than 80% Emirati motorists are willing to invest in an e-vehicle as their next ride.

Dubai also aims to make sure that 10% of all vehicles on its roads are electric or hybrid by 2030.

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