Factory in Dubai to produce aluminum with solar energy

It will allow production of 40,000 tons in the first year

25 January, 11:38

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, JANUARY 25 - The United Arab Emirates will be the first country in the world to produce aluminum with solar energy. The production, part of Dubai's strategy for sustainability, was announced by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA). Dewa will provide for EGA's smelter some 560,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is sufficient to produce 40,000 tons of aluminum the first year with the potential for significant expansion. The new aluminum will go under the product name CelestiAL.

    Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the CEO of Dewa and vice president of EGA, told the Khaleej Times that ''this global achievement of both Dewa and EGA confirms our firm commitment to achieving the vision of his highness sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in building a green economy in UAE and reaching the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 in diversifying energy sources and providing 75% of Dubai's energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2020. To achieve these goals, we have launched many initiatives and projects, most notably the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar energy project in the world with a capacity of 5,000 megawatts by 2030. The solar park projects use photovoltaic panels and concentrated energy technologies''.

    These new goals will allow to pursue a strategy that enabled Dubai already in 2019 to reduce carbon emissions by 22%, he said.

    Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, chief executive officer of EGA, was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times that ''aluminum is lightweight, strong and infinitely recyclable metal and these properties mean that as a material it plays a vital role in the development of a sustainable future. CelestiAl, aluminum made in the UAE with solar power, will help make modern life possible for people around the world whilst protecting our planet for future generations". (ANSAmed).

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