Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer) opened the first battery solar system in the region at its Al Dhafra Landfill on Wednesday.
A solar-plus-storage plant is an energy storage system charged by a connected solar power plant. The facility at Al Dhafra Landfill has minimal operation and maintenance costs compared to conventional plants, and utilises the latest energy management technologies.
138,000litres of diesel expected to be saved by Tadweer’s solar power plant
The 150-kWh photovoltaic plant will help to avoid the consumption of 138,000 litres of diesel and the emission of 117-tonnes of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas responsible for global warming) yearly, which is the equivalent of planting 13,000 trees.
Dr Salem Al Kaabi, Acting General Manager of Tadweer, said: “This ambitious project aligns with Tadweer’s strategy to run all its facilities on renewable energy through adopting world-class technologies and the latest clean energy solutions. It also reinforces the company’s sustained commitment to preserving our environment for future generations.
“In launching this plant,” he added. “Tadweer is taking a significant step towards decreasing the carbon footprint of its facilities while supporting the decarbonisation targets of the UAE Vision 2021, the UAE Green Agenda 2015-2030 and the National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017-2050.
117tonnesof carbon emissions expected to be reduced by the plant annually
“At Tadweer, we implement a variety of initiatives and leverage state-of-the-art technologies to lower energy consumption and minimise environmental pollution across our facilities. We also educate the public about the importance of environmental conservation and waste reduction through conducting awareness drives throughout the year.”
Tadweer is the key government entity responsible for all activities related to the development of waste management services in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, including the collection, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste in a safe, efficient and economical manner.
The centre is also tasked with carrying out pest control, educating communities about the significance of protecting the environment, and encouraging them to adopt sound environmental habits to drive sustainable development.