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ABB inverters to power up Dubai solar

As part of a move to harness the power of the sun, ABB is supplying 600 UNO-DM-PLUS grid-connected single phase solar inverters to power new-build villas in Hatta, Dubai

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As the United Arab Emirates (UAE) grows its solar capabilities, ABB solar inverters are helping villa owners in Hatta reduce energy bills by up to 40%.

Earlier this month, UAE announced ambitious plans to invest $163bn to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewable sources by 2050, with the aim to increase clean-energy contributions to 50% by 2050.

As part of this move to harness the power of the sun, ABB is supplying 600 UNO-DM-PLUS grid-connected single phase solar inverters to power new-build villas in Hatta, Dubai.

The installation is sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) which is offering free solar panel installation across the 600 villas to all UAE nationals in Hatta. The project management, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning, along with subsequent Operations and Management is being under-taken by Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (DCCE) and Al Mostajed Technologies Co LLC (AMT).

The Hatta project spans 200km and falls under the Shams Dubai initiative, which is installing solar panels on buildings throughout Dubai to provide self-generated solar power in all homes and generate electricity that can be fed into the electricity grid, ultimately reducing reliance on fossil-burning electrical generating plants.  The project also meets with the Hatta Comprehensive Development Plan.

ABB will install 600 UNO-DM-4.0-TL-Plus-SB single phase string inverters, together with its Aurora web monitoring platform for effective monitoring and maintenance, on roofs of the state-of-the-art villas in Hatta, a popular vacation getaway to escape the heat of Dubai.

“ABB has been leading the way in developing solar technology and is committed to supporting government initiatives that connect renewables to the grid. We have already completed prestigious projects in UAE and across the globe, help-ing infrastructure providers and utilities bring sustainable and reliable power to people," said Loay Dajani, Lead Division Manager for ABB’s Electrification Products Division in Middle East and Africa.

ABB’s UNO-DM-4.0-TL- PLUS series provides the optimal solution for residential PV installations. Available in a power range of 1.2 to 5.0 kW, the inverter has a compact design and delivers a higher performance with excellent power density. Further efficiencies are gained, with installation times greatly reduced due to the presence of Plug and Play connectors that remove the need to open the inverter cover, allowing for simple, fast and cost-effective installation. An easy commissioning WIFI wizard simplifies the configuration process, resulting in lower installation time and reduced costs.

This flexible, future-proof inverter with embedded connectivity and efficient communication protocol, allows the UNO-DM-PLUS to be integrated easily within any current or future device for smart building automation, smart grid integration and third-party monitoring and control systems.

For robust plant monitoring and management, the installation includes ABB’s Aurora Vision Plant Management Plat-form, a cloud-cloud based solution using ABB Ability, which is available through a web browser user interface to PV plant data.  Aurora provides highly interactive, real-time access to key performance and operations metrics to help plant management optimise decisions.

The installation will be complete by summer 2018 and will be supported by ABB’s dedicated team of experienced professionals in the UAE.

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