Expo 2020 Dubai, ENOC, Solar energy, Artificial Intelligence

Aedas unveils solar-powered ENOC service station for Expo 2020 Dubai

State-owned Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has revealed the design of its service station at the Expo 2020 Dubai site, created by Aedas, which draws inspiration from the UAE’s national tree, Ghaf, which symbolises the Year of Tolerance, Construction Week reported. 

According to a press statement, the Ghaf Tree service station will serve the the Expo 2020 Dubai convoy during the six months of the World Expo. In the legacy phase of the expo, the station will serve District 2020, an urban development in Dubai.

The Ghaf tree's roots are known to extend deep into the ground, which according to the Enoc and Expo 2020 teams makes it a strong representative of the concept of sustainability. Enoc will design and build the service station on an exoskeleton of the Ghaf tree's structure, which will be a support column for its canopy.

The canopy will use carbon fibre, a light-weight material that Enoc said is known to be three times stronger than steel.

Enoc will install photovoltaic solar power panels on the canopy to generate up to 180 kilowatt-peak of energy per hour to meet the station's electricity needs. According to the company, this output is 30% higher than the average electricity demands of a typical station.

Wind turbines will also be used to produce 30-40 kilowatts of power.

An autonomous, solar-powered wastewater recycling system will be installed at the station to generate water for irrigation. The station will feature digital displays, integrated electric vehicle charging stations, and cashless payment networks.

Enoc will implement advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, as well as use data analytics for the station, to reduce queuing and waiting times in the forecourt, and improve the efficiency of its services and assets.

The service station will include vehicle mapping surface lighting for wayfinding signage, using lights to mark traffic flow and direct vehicles to the fuelling area, as well as the entry and exits points of the station.

Commenting on the Ghaf tree-inspired service station, HE Saif Humaid Al Falasi, group chief executive officer at Enoc, said: “The Ghaf tree service station is our way of celebrating the UAE’s rich heritage.

“As the integrated energy partner of Expo 2020, we envisioned a concept that is representative of how we have incorporated cutting-edge technologies and digital transformation to pave the way for a new generation of service stations in the country and the wider region.”

Paul Dwan, director of partnerships at Expo 2020 Dubai, added: “With the Ghaf Tree service station, Enoc will create the future of its industry and make a significant contribution to sustainability and mobility, two key subthemes for Expo 2020.

“The smart infrastructure implemented on the expo site will provide a model for smart and sustainable cities of the future, starting with District 2020.”