Dubai debuts first ever solar-powered abra at AI Jaddaf

Solar-powered abra

Dubai is well known for its swanky architecture and larger than life living style. And they make it a point to be at the forefront of technology laden innovations which enrich people’s life. Apparently they are also taking environmental conservation seriously, and one good example of it is the solar-powered abra they just introduced to the world. Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) has given the city’s oldest transportation a clean energy upgrade.

. أعلنت الهيئة مؤخراً عن تشغيل أول عبرة تعمل بالطاقة الشمسية في الشرق الأوسط بمنطقة الممزر، وذلك في إطار مبادرة الحكومة الرشيدة "اقتصاد أخضر لتنمية مستدامة". تعتبر العبرة أول وسيلة نقل عام تعمل بالطاقة الشمسية بشكل كامل في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، وإن هذا المشروع كان يهدف إلى تحويل إحدى العبرات الكهربائية إلى العمل بالطاقة الشمسية، عبر تركيب ألواح الطاقة الشمسية على سقف العبرة والملحقات اللازمة لتشغيل النظام، حيث قامت إحدى الشركات المتخصصة باختبار اتزان العبرة خلال تجريبها في منطقة الجدّاف لمدة شهر بدون ركاب، وتبين أن نظام الطاقة الشمسية لم يؤثر على اتزان بدن العبرة دون حاجة لأي تعديلات على تصميم ومواصفات العبرات الحالية أو بناء عبرات جديدة، كما أظهرت النتائج أن النظام الشمسي يمكنه شحن البطاريات بنسبة 100 % يوميا، وأن الطاقة المُخزّنة تكفي لإبحار العبرة لمدة 5 ساعات بالسرعة الاعتيادية للتشغيل وهي "3 – 4 " عقد. #RTA has recently announced the formal operation of a solar-powered abra, considered the first of its kind in the Middle East. The introduction of this sophisticated abra, which is being deployed at Al Mamzar, follows several trial runs to verify the possibility of changing speed. The scheme is part of Dubai Government’s initiative billed: Green Economy for a Sustainable Environment. This abra is the first public marine transit mode powered by solar energy in the Middle East. The project was intended to convert an abra powered by electricity into an abra powered by solar energy through fitting the roof of the abra with solar panels along with other operational accessories. A specialist company has conducted a Balance Test during a one-month trial run of the abra at Al Jaddaf with no riders onboard. It was established that the solar power system would have no negative impact on the stability and balance of the hull of the abra, and accordingly, there would be no need for tinkering with the design or specifications of the existing abra or even building new ones. Results have shown that the solar system can charge the battery up to 100% every day, the stored power would be good enough to drive the abra for five hours at the normal operating speed of 3-4 knots. #RTANews

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The solar-powered boat is now operational at the AI Mamzar near Sharjah to initiate greener maritime transport. Wooden roof of the abra has solar panels which soak-up sun’s energy and power-up its engine. Since the solar powered unit would not require any significant changes to the existing design, it won’t be surprising if RTA tweak all the existing abras with solar-powered units.

Solar powered system of the abra charges to 100 percent level in about 6 hours and gives around five hours of operational time at a speed of 3-4 knots.

Abdullah Yousef Al Ali, chief executive officer, RTA Public Transport Agency said;

The launch of this ‘abra’ is part of RTA strategy towards fully adopting the Green Economy concept and using clean energy in various public transit means. The RTA is focused on turning these concepts into reality through creative initiatives for curbing carbon footprint, and using alternative energy.

This initial step shows the eagerness of Dubai authorities being enthralled by the idea of using renewable sources of energy to make their city one of the leading destinations in the world.

Via: Emirates247



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