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Promoting A Sustainable Future For Generations To Come

In this month’s GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, learn more about how DEWA is promoting a sustainable future for the new generations to come.

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As we head towards a new era of renewable energy, several companies have already made the shift and new leaders have emerged to set a good example for other companies to follow. With the alarming news of how climate change is rapidly affecting everyone around the world, it’s about time that everyone – from big institutions to individual citizens – join the movement to help save the environment and mankind.

In this month’s GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders, we put the spotlight on Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). It is one of the leading government utilities in the world, providing services today to more than 800,000 customers with a satisfaction and happiness rate that reached 95% in 2016. Learn more about how DEWA is promoting a sustainable future for the new generations to come and get to know the man behind DEWA’s management, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, HIs Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

We are also featuring special stories from several companies such as Kingspan, CLS Energy Consultants , Dubai Carbon,  Applant, ABB, Hilti, Mobisol, and Inmesol.

Find out how Applant’s new Kickstarter campaign is going to make an impact in vertical farming. Learn more about Renewables 2017 Global Status Report, which was published by REN21, as it reports that 2017 is a record breaking year for renewable energy. We have also featured Mobisol’s special report on PAYG (Pay As You Go) and how it disrupts traditional economies in East Africa, making solar home system distribution easier in the area.

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Read our special story from Hilti which features the former PT&A Product Manager, Konstantin Fedin, story on how he turned his passion for battery technology into a year long project and how he succeeded with Hilti. You also don’t want to miss the new details about Dubai Science Park as it delivers excellence to Dubai’s Science Community. Lastly, find out which engineering fields Bill Gates wants you to focus on.

Now, get excited for more interesting stories in the renewable industry! So sit back and learn something new today. Keep up with the latest trends on this Industry with GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders. 

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  1. There is widespread popular support for using renewable energy, particularly solar and wind energy, which provide electricity without giving rise to any carbon dioxide emissions.

    Anas Hadidi, APEGA Provisional Lic. (Eng), PMP, LEED AP
    Sr. Mechanical Engineer, PMP, ASHRAE HFDP, LEED AP BD+C, Estdiama PQP and GSAS CGP
    Mott MacDonald

  2. I heard of renewable jet fuel. Is it available in Emirates or Etihad?

    O’Brien Patrick
    Business Development Director
    Afriwest Cargo LLC

  3. Well done DEWA. Very interesting story.

    Khalid Hadi
    Vice President of Allied Services Division
    ADNOC Distribution

  4. The investor hunger for existing wind and solar farms is a strong signal for the world to move to renewables.

    Jovelyn Lagunday
    Finance Manager, LEED AP, PQP
    Ceres Management Services LLC

  5. Renewables are competing against fossil fuel generation in power markets and for procurement contracts across the Middle East.

    Mohammed Al-Ramahi
    Associate Director, Asset Management, Engineering and Operations (Masdar Clean Energy)
    Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

  6. We’re entering a new era in corporate renewable energy purchasing.

    Jean-Philippe Cossé
    Vice President – Energy
    dmg events Middle East and Asia

  7. From blockchain to energy storage to microgrid, renewable energy is here to stay.

    Sherif El Geresi
    Senior Sustainability Site Manager, MSc | LEED AP (BD+C) | PQP
    KEO International Consultants

  8. Accurately assessing renewable energy growth, especially compared to fossil fuels, is one of the biggest challenges.

    Ghaleb Al Azem
    Regional Business Director MENA
    Tactical Connections | GCL Solar Energy Div.

  9. What do we mean by the term “renewable energy generation technologies”?

    Rosemarie Amoroso
    Customer Service, Admin Officer, Coordinator (Sustainability), LEED® AP
    Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development (MECSD)

  10. Costs for wind and solar have fallen across the world. Middle East will benefit from the low cost of construction.

    Mariam Al Mazrouie
    Vice President, Talent and on-boarding and leading Talent Acquisition team
    MDC Business Management Services, A Mubadala Company

  11. Harnessing these for electricity depends on the cost and efficiency of the technology, which is constantly improving, thus reducing costs per peak kilowatt, and per kWh.

    Yaqoob Al Shehhi
    Executive Director
    Energy Utility

  12. Pumped storage hydro represents the most installed capacity of the energy storage technologies.

    Farhan Juratli
    LEED AP O&M- Certified Energy Manager-Projects Manager

  13. The changing dynamics of renewables in the utility sector is promising. Great job DEWA!!!

    Parthasarathy Ramesh LEED AP
    Associate Director/Senior Project Manager
    Mace International

  14. The declining costs of solar and wind components, plus the new generation of a more carbon-constrained future, today the global growth of renewable energy is increasingly driven by voluntary procurement by utilities and corporations.

    Ismail Al Marzouqi
    Vice President Asset Services and Energy Management
    Dubai World Central

  15. Where and how corporations are purchasing renewables is also evolving.

    Paul Saville
    Vice President of Global Engineering
    Stellar Energy

  16. Nice to read this issue. It’s the most exciting renewable energy technology trends so far.

    Ahmed EL Emary
    Senior Landscape Architect
    Dar Al Handasah, LEED AP ND

  17. We are now facing our clean energy transition.

    Rabih Chehade
    Regional Executive – Sales & Marketing, MEA SEA
    Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services

  18. As the cost of clean technology continues to fall, we will all benefit from this current trend. Great story about DEWA’s green initiatives.

    David Calder
    Vice President Middle East
    Global Energy Group

  19. According to UN, the investment in renewables capacity in 2016 was roughly double of that in fossil fuel generation.

    Hari Krishnan Pary Ramadoss
    Managing Director
    Haribhas Electromechanical Co. LLC.,

  20. Is DEWA referring to technologies designed to harvest the unlimited energy resource of the sun? or including all channels of energy?

    Mary Rose Anlacan
    Green Technologies FZCo

  21. The cost of constructing a utility-scale PV project has fallen dramatically.

    Nicholas Griffin
    Managing Director, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia
    Allen International | Accenture

  22. Utilising electricity from solar and wind in a grid becomes problematical at high levels for complex but now well-demonstrated reasons. Supply does not correspond with demand.

    Keramat Fakhari
    Vice President Sales – Upper Gulf, Power & Gas Division
    Siemens Power & Gas

  23. Pay-as-you-go solar startups have been steadily achieving success in their efforts to bring power services to parts of Africa.

    Wim Alen
    Senior Vice President Business Development

  24. We should include onshore and offshore wind generation here.

    Hisham Al Shimiry
    Director of Business Development, partner and project managment
    Bin Haider group of companies

  25. Corporate renewable energy procurements should have incentives.

    Suhail Al Mheiri
    Executive Director of Town planning Sector
    Al Ain City Municipality

  26. Decentralized renewable energy in far remote areas like farms is a viable solution.

    sanjiv sachdeva
    Managing Director
    Gulf Engineering System Solutions

  27. How can you measure renewable progress without adequate benchmarks?

    Firoz Khan LEED AP, Estidama PQP, Energy Modeller
    Mechanical Engineer / LEED AP
    Dar Al-Handasah (Shair and Partners)

  28. We should have all the sources in the Middle East: Wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine.

    Steve Griffiths
    Vice President for Research
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

  29. Renewables and natural gas are the big winners.

    Bill Jolly
    Engineering Technical Director

  30. The cost for wind turbines has also declined.

    Dr. Xanthie Gagaza, Ph.D
    Vice President – Finance, Strategy and Corporate Planning
    Bioenergy, Green, Renewable Energy Investment & Development Company

  31. Back-up generating capacity is required due to the intermittent nature of solar and wind, but at high levels the economics of this are compromised.

    Lamya Fawwaz
    Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Public Affairs
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

  32. Last year wind and solar grew fastest among all renewable energy technologies.

    Moataz Abdel-Wahab, RIBA , LEED AP, PMP, PMI-SP
    Project Manager / Design Manager
    KEO International Consultants

  33. The international community is united by a global mandate and moral imperative to deliver, in just over a decade, affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy access to the billions of people who live in energy poverty.

    Sophie Khalid Al Bustani
    Vice President
    Mubadala Development Company

  34. Tax Credit for solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy should be implemented in GCC.

    Marketa Simkova
    Associate Director – People and Change

  35. A movement toward localized energy procurement seems to be underway.

    Saad Rashid, P.Eng, PMP, LEED AP, PQP, CPMP
    Senior Sustainability Associate / Commissioning Engineer
    KEO International Consultants

  36. Solar PV, storage and mobile pay technologies to give customers an affordable option for electricity.

    Khalid Almarzooqi
    Senior Manager – Utility and Information Communication Services
    Dubai World Trade Centre

  37. Policy settings to support renewables are generally required to confer priority in grid systems and also subsidise them, and some 50 countries have these provisions.

    Tamer Qazi
    Vice President Sales High Growth Region
    Honeywell Building Solutions

  38. The economics of renewables will continue to improve.

    Sanjive Khosla
    Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer
    TECOM Investments

  39. Many elements play a role in driving the growth of the market share of renewable resources.

    John Sitler, CFA, LEED AP
    Manager – Utility-Scale Clean Energy
    Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)

  40. Wind power could reach 2,110 GW by 2030.

    Gurpreet Singh Maini
    Vice President – Mechanical
    Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers

  41. Ever-cheaper clean tech provides a real opportunity for investors to get more for less.

    Fakhri Dhaidan
    Commercial Vice President

  42. Biofuels will dominate alternative fuel consumption.

    Satyapal Singh
    Executive Vice President
    Global Energy and Environmental Engineering Services (GE3S)

  43. When the average person talks about renewable energy they are more often than not referring to the basic idea of solar, wind and hydro power..

    Maen Nimrawi
    Commissioning/Sustainability Projects Manager
    KEO International Consultants

  44. Corporate renewable energy demand has returned to more incremental growth.

    Cornelius Matthes
    Managing Director MENA
    Building Energy S.p.A.

  45. We’re seeing many municipalities across the country take advantage of clean energy.

    George Kenich CEng , LEED AP, CQIA, PQP
    AEI Limited

  46. Progress in the energy storage market took a major uptick.

    Bob Beale
    Technical Manager Utility Division
    Kurtec Pipeline Services

  47. Utilising solar and wind-generated electricity in a stand-alone system requires corresponding battery or other storage capacity.

    Chadi Younes, Ph.D.
    Vice President
    Alcazar Energy

  48. Demand for renewable energy from large buyers has increased.

    Magdy Aly
    Energy manager, Senior Process Engineer PEM
    The passion of Saving Energy

  49. Renewables often makes good financial sense.

    Alexander Kajo
    Vice President Global Corporate Accounts
    Nalco Water, An Ecolab Company

  50. This is exactly the kind of situation, where the needs of profit and people meet, that will drive the shift to a better world for all.

    Abdul Aziz Al Hammadi
    Senior Project Manager

  51. While competing technologies have fuel costs that will rise over time, renewable resources have free fuel costs and their capital costs will decrease over time.

    Paul Shultz
    Chief Financial Officer, Senior Investment Manager, Energy-Sector, Emerging Markets
    Regalis Petroleum Ltd

  52. Competitive pricing, combined with an ability to lock in contract prices for 20 years or longer, has stimulated demand for wind energy for both electric utilities and corporate buyers.

    Roberto de Diego Arozamena
    Abdul Latif Jameel Energy

  53. The possibility of large-scale use of hydrogen in the future as a transport fuel increases the potential for both renewables and base-load electricity supply.

    Andrea Lovato
    Executive Director & Head of Renewable Development
    ACWA Power

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