BE2C2 Report — An official at the UAE oil company said it has opened the country’s first solar-powered gas station (petrol pump) in Dubai — becoming the first in the region, as “the city of the future”; a position that’s also supported by Dubai’s various projects that are planned — or already on the way — such as the Hyperloop, a 3D-printed skyscraper, the 3D-printed “office of the future,” robot police, and autonomous cars.
Dubai also wants to have an information hub to fight modern society’s issues, as well as its own space agency to contribute to the future missions to Mars.
The Dubai-owned Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) said on Wednesday the service station on the city’s main Sheikh Zayed Road thoroughfare is covered with solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours, reported AP.
ENOC says that is about 30 per cent more energy than the station needs, so the excess power is directed back into the city’s electric grid.
It is planned that the station will reduce CO2 emissions by 195 million metric tons each year.
Although it is OPEC’s fourth biggest oil producer, the UAE has made a push to turn itself into a hub for renewable energy. It hosts the global headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are building massive solar farms at home and overseas.
Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority will also soon roll out at least 200 electric-powered Tesla models as taxis in Dubai — ramping up the need for more fast-charging stations. At present, at least seven at Enoc and Eppco gas (petrol) stations provide charging facility.
The new Enoc station on Shaikh Zayed Road is not the world’s first or bigger solar-powered fuel pump. The largest solar power unit in Central Ohio, US, is now atop a canopy at a BP gas station.