THE FUTURE OF MEMBRANE
Our judges have evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, performance, and value, and selected one winner in each category
The modern market for membrane filtration in water treatment celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We take a look at the latest technical and market developments, including the ‘Open Platform’ concept.
Because of the changes in customer demand, being a leading innovator is a much more compelling strategy than it used to be in the utilities sector. Digital technologies are evolving, and customers are quick to adopt them. Both business and consumer energy users are clear about their expectations. They want to reduce their consumption, and they know that technological controls and data analytics can help them do it.
Business customers are increasingly interested in managing their energy use patterns. Manufacturers and industrial firms are monitoring heating and cooling equipment performance with intelligent sensors that can indicate malfunctions, anticipate and prevent disturbances, or signal when major maintenance is needed.
Owners of commercial buildings are installing energy monitors to help gauge variations in consumption and predict future energy requirements. Many well-known companies have announced energy efficiency targets for 2020.
Companies pursuing energy efficiency have two long-standing goals — gaining a competitive advantage and boosting the bottom line — and one relatively new one: environmental sustainability. Dubai headquartered Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) has, for instance, indicated that it plans to have all its service stations running on renewable energy in the near future.
Several other companies in the GCC have enlisted the services of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) to help them meet their efficiency targets. Even if these goals change before they are reached, they will affect business power usage in the short term, demonstrating a significant shift toward renewables.
Products such as the JinkoSolar’s 410W Cheetah module, announced last year, are reinventing the market standard for high performance in solar. Jinko’s 410 W Cheetah module is one of the world’s highestperforming commercially mass-produced mono-facial modules, bringing the industry into the new age of PV 4.0 with mainstream module output of over 400 W.
The module is designed to meet the needs of the ultra-high performance market segments, such as the likes of China’s “Super Top Runner Program”.
“Industry transformation, continued technology evolution, and increasingly complex market demands are all obstacles we must overcome to accelerate the development of the PV industry,” says Gulnara Abdullina, general manager, JinkoSolar Middle East and Africa.
Power companies across the sector recognise that their customers expect them to innovate, just as other service providers do, and the old industry boundaries seem much less relevant.
Last year, GE launched the GE Reservoir, a comprehensive energy storage platform that delivers a suite of customised storage solutions to help customers address new challenges and seek new opportunities in a rapidly transforming power grid that is becoming more highly diversified and distributed.
The Reservoir, which already has a 20MW, 80 MWh pre-launch commitment, expands GE’s 10-year footprint in the energy storage space and builds upon recent successes and milestones.
Both JinkoSolar’s 410W cheetah and the GE Reservoir have made it to the list of the top utilities products of 2018.
The Products Awards consists of six categories. These are: Solar, Water Pumps, Energy Storage, Filtration, Electrical Testing, and Power Cables. The best products were selected after hours of careful deliberation over dozens of entries for our first ever Products Awards.
Our esteemed team of judges evaluated submissions for originality, innovation, performance, and value, and selected one winner in each category as shown out in the next two pages. Utilities Middle East would like to congratulate all the winners.