ENOC Group, the Official Integrated Energy Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, on February 25th declared a new milestone in the construction of its Ghaf-tree inspired service station positioned at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
Construction of the region’s first LEED Gold certified service station has reached an amazing 40 per cent. Work commenced in August 2019 and the service station is predicted to be carried out by June this year. After Expo 2020 Dubai, the service station will be open to the public as part of the site’s legacy phase.
During the first phase of testing, the station will service about 500 official Expo 2020 Dubai vehicles that cater to VIPs officials and Operational vehicles. The station will be outfitted with six pumps to serve up to 80,000 litres of fuel, which can fuel up to 2,000 vehicles every day.
His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, stated: “The ‘Service Station of the Future’ embodies our dedication to “Reimagine Energy” by developing a prototype of the future of retail service stations. In addition to serving as a testament to our drive to innovate and set new standards for the industry, this station will make contributions to Expo 2020 Dubai plans to leave behind a powerful legacy for Dubai and the UAE.”
Using smart, energy-efficient and renewable solutions which includes wind turbine generated power and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the service station will gain overall power savings of 48 per cent. This is equal to 228 MWh per year. The clean energy initiatives will additionally help to decrease about 100,000 kgs of carbon dioxide emissions, equal to the gain of planting 114 trees annually.
High efficiency LED fixtures will be used to save up to 30 per cent energy in contrast to regular LED and 60 per cent as compared to conventional lighting. A navigation lighting system with movement and occupancy sensors will enable up to 15 per cent savings in energy.
Additional energy conservation measures encompass the use of low-flow water fixtures focused on at least 40 per cent reduction from baseline water consumption.
The wind turbines with a potential of 5 kWp output will convert renewable wind energy to electrical energy with on-grid net metering facility. The service station additionally comes with chargers for electric powered vehicles.
The structure of the service station’s canopy is built from carbon fibre making it three times better and five times lighter than steel. The Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) - often known as polymer - cushion allows natural light penetration and offers 100 per cent UV protection.
Vapour recovery systems will be onsite to recover gasoline vapour with 70% of all fumes converted to fuel, which will improve nearby surroundings as it controls the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted.
Powered via advanced multimedia and interactive present day electronic dispensers with cashless payment capabilities, artificial intelligence technologies such as advanced data analytics will reduce queues and wait-time; improving the overall client experience.
For added security measures, the station makes use of advanced fuel management and gauging systems that constantly monitor inventory and integrity of the tanks; presenting 24 hours leak detection coupled with turbine pump interface monitoring systems.
The engineering and architecture consultants for the service station are AEDAS for design & architecture, ARCADIS for design & construction supervision and TEBOBIAN as the LEED consultant for the project.