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Product innovation pushes solar ME to new boundaries

Solar Middle East sees 57 per cent YoY increase in exhibitors and plays host to raft of industry advancing products, including a solar powered rickshaw able to travel 150km on a 30 second charge

Hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy, Solar Middle East, which opened yesterday (1 March) at the Dubai World Trade Centre, has seen its exhibitor numbers double since 2015, and is matched with a 45 per cent increase in exhibition floor space, indicative of the progress and growth of the regional solar market.

With growth comes international innovation, as well as opportunities for visitors to learn about the latest technologies, developments and trends in the solar energy industry. First time exhibitors KiloWatt Labs, who have offices in both Dubai and New York, are showcasing the world’s first energy server, the Centauri, which enables 24-hour power from 100% renewable energy sources.

A plug-and-play architecture that accepts multiple energy inputs from both renewable and non-renewable sources, it smartly manages distribution of these energy inputs and delivers stable and reliable electricity, 24 hours a day. The Centauri can be deployed from kilowatts to megawatts and has a designed life of 20 years.

Chip Seibert, Chairman and President at KiloWatt Labs, believes that their products can provide very high quality power anywhere, including remote locations – an issue prevalent in the Middle East region;

“We are so pleased to be a part of Solar Middle East this year. With deep roots in the Emirates, we are proud to offer our latest series of ground breaking products, including the world’s first non-chemical battery.

The Sirius battery charges in less than 30 seconds, lasts for more than 1,000,000 charging cycles and can scale from small consumer applications to large utility storage solutions.

We also released the Centauri Energy Server, an energy management system that provides very high quality power anywhere, including remote locations, in a scalable, modular system that we are able to offer at a very affordable price. Coupled with the Sirius battery, we offer a very rugged system that will overcome any challenges this region presents.”

Another first time exhibitor is Microtron Technologies, an international energy technology development company, who are showcasing their latest range of solar powered quick charging electric vehicles. One of the more unusual vehicles they are showcasing is the ‘Rick-e’, a solar power electric rickshaw. Using a state-of-the-art Ultra-Capacitor hybrid battery, the Rick-e can travel 150km carrying 5 passengers off a charging time of only 16-30 seconds.

SME also offers a series of workshops, taking place on 3 March, giving visitors the chance to gain a certificate of participation and, post-event, add CPD accreditation points to their engineer licences. Led by Kris Sutton, and instructor at the Solar Energy Institute, the two workshops will cover utility-connected Solar Electric System Design, and battery-based Solar Electric System Design.

Middle East Electricity and Solar Middle East 2016 are held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Opening times are from 10:00am to 6:00pm daily.