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Factory in Dubai to produce aluminum with solar energy

(ANSAmed) – NAPLES, JANUARY 25 – The United Arab Emirates
will be the first country in the world to produce aluminum with
solar energy. The production, part of Dubai’s strategy for
sustainability, was announced by the Dubai Electricity and Water
Authority (Dewa) and the Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). Dewa will provide for EGA’s smelter some 560,000 megawatt
hours of solar power annually from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al
Maktoum Solar Park, which is sufficient to produce 40,000 tons
of aluminum the first year with the potential for significant
expansion. The new aluminum will go under the product name
CelestiAL.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the CEO of Dewa and vice president
of EGA, told the Khaleej Times that ”this global achievement of
both Dewa and EGA confirms our firm commitment to achieving the
vision of his highness sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in
building a green economy in UAE and reaching the goals of the
Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 in diversifying energy sources
and providing 75% of Dubai’s energy production capacity from
clean energy sources by 2020. To achieve these goals, we have
launched many initiatives and projects, most notably the
Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest
single-site solar energy project in the world with a capacity of
5,000 megawatts by 2030. The solar park projects use
photovoltaic panels and concentrated energy technologies”.

These new goals will allow to pursue a strategy that enabled
Dubai already in 2019 to reduce carbon emissions by 22%, he
said.

Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive officer of EGA, was
quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times that ”aluminum is
lightweight, strong and infinitely recyclable metal and these
properties mean that as a material it plays a vital role in the
development of a sustainable future. CelestiAl, aluminum made in
the UAE with solar power, will help make modern life possible
for people around the world whilst protecting our planet for
future generations”. (ANSAmed).

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