Trade Arabia reported that in a landmark eco initiative, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties in Dubai is tapping solar power for meeting a bulk of the water heating requirements of residents.
A top official said that a perfect complement to the sustainable development initiatives spearheaded by the UAE, Burj Khalifa uses solar panels to heat 140,000 liters of water every day, which will be distributed to homes and commercial entities within the tower.
Mr Ahmad Al Matrooshi MD of UAE, Emaar Properties said that the solar powered water brings energy savings equivalent to 3,200 KW per day and 690 MWH of energy per annum. The thermal energy initiative at Burj Khalifa highlights Emaar’s commitment to partner in the Government’s sustainable development goals.
He said that energy efficient measures, especially through use of renewable sources are not an option but an imperative for sustainable growth. By leveraging solar power, Burj Khalifa is setting an example as well as creating a referral mark on how urban developments can effectively integrate energy friendly initiatives.
Mr Al Matrooshi said that the tallest tower also features several measures to reduce water consumption including water flow restrictors and low water volume WC installed in all public areas.
Mr John Owen of Sole UAE said that Burj Khalifa presented us a remarkable opportunity to use solar energy to meet the water heating needs of residents in the tower. The significant benefits include cost savings on energy uses not only for the tower but the Government utility provider too as well as reduced pollution levels leading to a healthier environment.
He said that the solar panels of Burj Khalifa serve as solar collectors, as against photovoltaic electricity generation technology. Located on roof of The Offices, the annexure of Burj Khalifa, 378 collector panels each 2.7 square meter in area can heat the entire 140,000 liters of water in approximately 7 hours of day time solar radiation.