ADNOC and the Nationwide Central Cooling Firm (Tabreed) have accomplished testing on two geothermal wells at Masdar Metropolis in Abu Dhabi.
This, in keeping with ADNOC’s media launch, is a breakthrough for the primary undertaking within the gulf area to harness geothermal power.
The landmark undertaking is ready to decarbonize the cooling of buildings in Masdar Metropolis, additional diversify the UAE’s power combine, and assist the UAE Nationwide Power Technique 2050, which goals to develop renewable power capability to 14 GW by 2030, the corporate stated.
The undertaking is enabled by ADNOC’s preliminary $15 billion allocation in direction of low carbon options and can assist its decarbonization plan, and web zero by 2045 ambition, in addition to the Abu Dhabi Local weather Change Technique and UAE Internet Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative, ADNOC famous.
The wells produced scorching water at temperatures exceeding 90 levels celsius (oC) and circulate charges of roughly 100 liters per second, in keeping with ADNOC. The recent water generated by the warmth from the wells will now move by an absorption cooling system to provide chilled water, which is able to then be provided to Tabreed’s district cooling community at Masdar Metropolis, accounting for 10 % of its cooling wants, ADNOC stated.
“Throughout ADNOC, we’re creating and deploying revolutionary local weather applied sciences and low carbon options to ship on our accelerated decarbonization plan and web zero by 2045 ambition. Geothermal warmth is a clear and renewable supply of power abundantly obtainable within the UAE and able to offering baseload electrical energy. Nevertheless, till now, it has remained an untapped supply of power,” Musabbeh Al Kaabi, ADNOC Govt Director for Low Carbon Options and Worldwide Development, stated. “By leveraging technological advances, for the primary time ADNOC and Tabreed have unlocked this clear power supply to decarbonize one of the power intensive sectors within the nation”.
Presently, the cooling of buildings accounts for almost all of the UAE’s electrical energy consumption, ADNOC stated, including that district cooling gives a sustainable different to conventional cooling strategies as it’s round 50 % extra power environment friendly in its customary operations. Leveraging geothermal warmth for district cooling operations has the potential to considerably scale back electrical energy demand for cooling from the grid, serving to to decarbonize one of the power intensive sectors within the area, ADNOC acknowledged.
“The combination of geothermal power with district cooling operations represents a big development within the UAE’s journey in direction of diversifying its power combine and attaining web zero by 2050. We’re happy with our collaboration with ADNOC to speed up our decarbonization efforts within the leadup to COP28, which additionally underscores our dedication to exploring the most recent applied sciences and harnessing the ability of renewables to satisfy the rising demand for sustainable cooling,” Khalid Al Marzooqi, CEO, Tabreed, added.
ADNOC stated it is usually working with a number of firms to maximise the contribution of geothermal power within the UAE utilizing the most recent drilling and energy technology applied sciences.
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