Energy efficiency and sustainability are at the heart of most projects linked with the Expo 2020 Dubai. It includes the newly unveiled Enoc service station which is the first in the world to obtain a LEED certification.
The standout features at this station include the use of renewable energy to generate power and enable the station to be energy efficient. More than 280 solar photovoltaic panels have been installed to generate 143 MWh of solar power every year, and a 25-metre wind turbine is installed to generate 12.7 MWh of wind energy annually. This is aligned with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 goals.
“It was important for us to build something unique, something that would stand out, and leave behind a legacy once the Expo is over,” said Zaid Alqufaidi, Managing Director of Enoc Retail.
The service station also includes several applications of advance machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics technologies that play a role in customising services and retail offerings for customers, managing queue and waiting times at the forecourt, and improving the overall customer journey.
“Enoc is proud and honoured to be the Official Integrated Energy Partner for Expo 2020 Dubai. We recognise this unique opportunity to represent our industry and our country on the global stage. Our presence at Expo 2020 is also underpinned by the unveiling of the Service Station of the Future, a fully functioning, futuristic service station that incorporates multiple sources of energy. We’ve always taken pride in our ability to make bold decisions, and the unveiling of this first-of-its-kind service station in the world, which harnesses the power of renewables, is a stepping stone in a new era for the future of fuel retail,” said Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC.
The new service station’s systems have been deployed to enhance energy conservation, such as the use of carbon filtration technologies to recycle and reuse grey water for irrigation, significantly reducing outdoor water consumption. In addition, the station is equipped with drinkable air units that use ozonation techniques to convert water molecules from humidity in the air into drinkable water for staff onsite.
Vehicle mapping surface lighting is being used to mark traffic flow to direct vehicles to the fuelling area, as well as entry and exits to the station. Digital signage in the station consists of 12 million LED chips to illuminate the digital screens onsite.
Other prominent features include electric-vehicle chargers and multi-media interactive advanced dispensers.
The station will support the logistical needs of Expo 2020’s fleet ahead of the global event and will serve the general public at District 2020, the smart human-centric community and curated innovation system that will become Expo’s physical legacy after its doors close on March 31, 2022.
Extracted from Khaleej Times