In the Land of Oil, Fears of Excess Use
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One of the cooler places to hang out in Saudi Arabia is a motor racing track built among grassy dunes on the outskirts of the capital, Riyadh. Wealthy drivers, including at least one prince, race their Porsches and Lamborghinis there in front of an adoring crowd of young Saudis — some of them wearing reversed…

ESIA to co-organise GulfSol conference
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The Emirates Solar Industry Association will be actively involved in the steering committee for the technical and marketing conference that will take place alongside next year’s inaugural GulfSol exhibition, at the Dubai World Trade Centre ). “This assistance from ESIA on the conference will ensure that we are able to provide a world-class forum right…

Dubai homes to generate their own solar power
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Households in Dubai could soon generate their own electricity using solar technology and feed any excess back into the power grid. Energy experts and government officials are “in the final stages” of a plan to remove the obstacles to such a scheme – a lack of regulations and clear framework for usage and costs –…

A trade war with China over solar panels will burn US
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A group of US solar-panel manufacturers has recently filed a controversial petition against the Chinese solar industry. They are accusing China of helping its solar industry by unfairly providing billions of dollars in subsidies as well as cash grants and tax breaks. The proposed punishment is duties of more than 100 per cent on the…

Solar-power proposal for Dubai’s public toilets
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DUBAI // The municipality is aiming to make its public toilets solar-powered. The idea is to save money and increase environmental awareness, said Juma Khalifa Al Fuqae, who as director of the general maintenance department is in charge of the project. About 80 public toilets across Dubai run on electricity, including the fluorescent lights, exhaust…

China seeks Gulf partnership to push renewable energy
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At the 5th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) which opened in Abu Dhabi Monday, Chinese firms are looing to sell their innovative products to the sun-rich, but dry and hot Gulf Arab region. For the first time China has a national pavilion at the leading energy convent and exhibition in the Middle East to seek…

Emirates Solar Energy Industry Association holds first AGM, elects board
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Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) today announced that plans to promote solar power in the UAE are gaining further momentum. ESIA says plans to promote solar power in UAE, Middle East gain momentum. ESIA’s new eight-member board appointed, first AGM held. Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) today announced that plans to promote solar power in…

Why the end of oil is closer than you think
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“So what happens when OPEC runs out of oil?” That’s the question I raised with OPEC secretary general Abdalla El-Badri, during a recent industry gathering in Dubai. His reply was that the oil cartel has enough supply to last a further 60 years. “There will still be oil well past my lifetime, and probably past…

China lights up United Arab Emirates solar energy future
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Last January, Ban Ki-Moon, the UN secretary general, graced the stage of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi. His keynote speech at the world’s biggest event focusing on renewables was testament to the importance of clean energy worldwide, a message driven home by a plethora of energy ministers in panel discussions. This…

Solar energy becomes commercially viable in MENA
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But a new report from the Emirates Solar Industries Association, sponsored by PwC, challenges this conventional wisdom. ESIA’s research, leady by author Robin Mills, indicates that solar electricity generation is now economically viable when fuel costs exceed $80 per barrel equivalent. With further improvements in technology and financing, this break-even price would fall below $60…