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ENOC Group opens third solar powered service station in Discovery Gardens
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ENOC Group opens third solar powered service station in Discovery Gardens

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ENOC Group has opened its third solar-powered service station for the year, at Discovery Gardens – a residential community in Dubai – as part of its expansion plans aimed at building 54 service stations by 2020.

His Excellency Saif Humaid al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said: “Our new station marks the opening of the UAE’s third solar powered service station; which falls in line with our commitment to adopt innovative practices to enhance operational efficiency. At ENOC, we keep abreast major technological developments that can be utilised to drive energy savings, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a sustainable future.”

“We remain committed to provide our customers with easy access to fuel and other retail requirements to a growing community, while strengthening our local presence.”

The new 75,004 sqft. station offers a range of automotive services including a Tasjeel Centre with three bays for vehicle testing and registration, three Autopro bays, which offer battery and oil change and all automotive services, three Prowash car wash bays, including manual and autowash as well as EV charging stations.

The station has Photo-Voltaic (PV) solar panels with an on-grid system installed on the canopy roof that can produce a peak capacity of 120kWh (Kilowatt per hour) energy on an ideal day – generating approximately 30 per cent more than the average energy required to run the station. Built in line with the Dubai Municipality’s Green Build regulations, the excess power generated is transmitted back to DEWA’s main grid through a DEWA solar metre that tracks the power injected to the power grid.

The forecourt is equipped with 6 dispensers with a multimedia option and a fuel system designed to cater maximum flow rate as per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) safety standards. To factor in the waiting time inside the service station, dispensers are built with retractable hoses to enable refuelling cars from both sides.

Equipped with 33 fully integrated digital wall displays on forecourt columns and convenient store entrance, customers will receive information on latest offers and promotions offered at ENOC service stations and ZOOM outlets. Also equipped with live updates from Dubai Police and RTA for the latest information on weather, traffic and news.

The station is also equipped with the Vapor Recovery Systems (VRS) to prevent and control emissions, full LED lights installed at the site to reduce energy consumption by 50 per cent and a VRF technology for the air conditioning (AC) system, which saves 35 per cent compared to conventional package AC system.

Among other initiatives is the implementation of Smart Metering for ISO 50001, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), certified double wall tanks and fuel piping with secondary containment to safeguard against potential environmental contamination. The fuel system is fully automated with an auto tank gauging and electronic leak detection system.

The growing Discovery Gardens community also stands to benefit from other provision at the site, like a drive thru ATM and other retail facilities at the station including Popeyes and the 24-hour ZOOM convenience store where you can pay DEWA and credit-card bills, Salik top-ups, etc.

ENOC had previously announced that all future ENOC service stations will be powered by solar energy to support the UAE’s long-term strategy to target an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources. ENOC estimates more than 23 GWh of solar energy will be generated to power the new stations by 2020, minimising the load on DEWA’s grid and power generating stations.











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