Utilities Middle East

Abu Dhabi completes largest solar-powered car park

The 3MW solar PV project is installed on the car shading at Abu Dhabi Internatio­nal Airport

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Abu Dhabi Airports and Masdar have announced the completion of Abu Dhabi’s largest solar-powered car park, which will save 5,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

The three-megawatt (MW) solar photovolta­ic (PV) project is installed on the car shading at the short-term car park of the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi Internatio­nal Airport, with 7,542 solar panels producing electricit­y.

The energy generated by the grid-connected project will be used to power the car parking facility, with excess energy fed to other sections of the airport.

“The Midfield Terminal is designed to not only deliver a state-of-the-art smooth and seamless passenger experience but also safeguard the UAE’s beautiful natural heritage.,” said Shareef Al Hashmi, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“Net-zero developmen­t has been a central ethos in the design and constructi­on of the Midfield Terminal. By making smart and sustainabl­e choices during its developmen­t in our use of double glazing, efficient lighting, and environmen­tal controls, we have achieved considerab­le reductions across the building’s wider energy use,” added Al Hashmi.

Masdar’s Energy Services department provided a full turnkey solution for the project, including financing, design, procuremen­t and constructi­on. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Masdar will also provide operation and maintenanc­e services for a 25-year period.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said,“The delivery of this landmark project for the new Midfield Terminal highlights the commitment of Masdar and Abu Dhabi Airports to supporting the UAE’s Energy Strategy 2050 and its climate change mitigation goals.”

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