ALEC Energy secures DEWA HQ contract

ALEC Energy has won the contract to provide a solar photovoltaic solution for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) new headquarters, Al-Shera’a (Arabic for sail), in the Al Jaddaf area of Dubai.

In order to maximise the solution’s full potential, ALEC Energy provided a multi-tiered solution which includes the delivery of almost 21,150m2 of building attached photovoltaic (BAPV) panels on the roof, more than 1,000m2 of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) panels in the façade and almost 2,000m2 of podium fins as well as fibre optic collectors, shaded structure PV and solar trees, which collectively will generate 4.8 MWp upon completion, helping to ensure the new headquarters will reach its net zero targets.

Working alongside other stakeholders including main contractor, Ghantoot Transport & General Contracting LLC and consultant, ATKINS, ALEC Energy are designing customised, walkable solar panels with a high transparency feature that matches the striking architectural design of the building.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said, “We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a global hub for clean energy and green economy. DEWA contributes to accelerating the shift towards Net Zero Energy Buildings and establishing a sustainable energy model that supports economic growth, without damaging the environment and its resources. By building Al-Shera’a, DEWA’s new headquarters, which will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building in the world, we establish a global benchmark for buildings that achieve a balance between development and the environment, to protect the right of future generations to live in a clean, healthy and safe environment.”

Speaking on behalf of ALEC Energy, James Stewart, general manager said, “Winning this project has been a great endorsement of ALEC Energy’s ability to provide the most innovative, cost-effective solution that not only meets, but exceeds the ambitious targets set by DEWA for the building. In delivering a solution that illustrates DEWA’s commitment to utilising clean energy, we are also supporting the UAE Government’s high-level targets of clean energy supply within the next thirty years.”

“The most energy efficient solar cells currently available worldwide are used for this project. Accredited laboratories will conduct numerous sophisticated performance tests, quality controls and rigorous durability tests prior to the manufacturing of the the PV panels. This project and the integrated solar design truly pushes the boundaries of solar power further,” Stewart remarked.

Al-Sheraa’s built-up area is over 2 million square feet. The building will have 15 floors, a basement and 5 floors of car parking. The building can house 5,000 people. Total energy used in the building during a year will be equal to or less than the energy produced onsite in a year. DEWA’s new headquarters has been designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a gold rating from the WELL Building Standard.

Floating Sculpture: Benetti – The Eleventh Delfino 95

By Shereen Shabnam

Benetti always has a surprise on the horizon with new reveals as well as models that are popular and keep the yachting enthusiasts interested. Founded in 1873 and acquired by Paolo Vitelli in 1985, Benetti, the oldest Italian shipyard specializes in luxury yachts.

Recently the brand revealed the eleventh unit of the Delfino 95, a 29-meter yacht of the Class category, BD111 at the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio. Giorgio M. Cassetta designed the sinuous and dynamic external lines, which blend harmoniously with the bright interiors, developed by the Benetti Interior Style department.

The naval architecture was developed by studio Plana – Pierluigi Ausonio naval architecture. The BD111 accommodates 10 guests across 3 decks. The main saloon and galley, located centrally on the Main Deck, precede the full beam owner’s cabin. 4 VIP cabins on the Lower Deck enjoy privacy in a separate area from the 3 forward cabins, which house the 5 crew members.

At a cruising speed of 10 knots, the range is 2,320 nautical miles. The yacht is owned by SeaNet Europe Ltd, a Yacht Co-ownership company based in Malta, which now boasts a fleet of 4 Azimut|Benetti yachts.

The yachts by the brand are seen as icons of timeless style and construction excellence. The Azimut Benetti Group brand is dedicated to the construction of composite displacement and semi-displacement yachts from 30 meters up and steel superyachts from 50 meters to over 100 meters. Benetti operates out of the company’s Livorno production unit, Viareggio headquarters and corporate offices in Fort Lauderdale, Dubai, Hong Kong and London. 

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On Board The Sunreef 70 Ginette

Sunreef Yachts presents the first pictures of the Sunreef 70 Ginette. Recently launched, this custom-tailored sail craft blends refined interior design, supreme comfort and reliable performance.

The catamaran’s layout provides generous accommodation for up to eight guests. Located in the portside hull along with one of the guest cabins, the yacht’s vast master suite was fitted with a king-size bed with a tufted backrest, a vanity and an elegant ensuite bathroom.
 


The starboard hull houses a vip cabin with a walk-in dressing and desk as well as a guest stateroom with a convertible twin bed.


The bespoke décor is contemporary and classic with numerous velvet and brass accents. All the bathroom fittings are matt black, matching the classic black and white floor tiling.  


The yacht’s main deck saloon features a lounging space with a large sofa, a wine cooler and a cozy elevated reading spot. The height-adjustable table can also be used as an extra sofa extension. To starboard, the yacht’s main galley provides top kitchen appliances and voluminous storage. Amidships, the kitchen island conceals restaurant quality equipment as well as a retractable TV.

With nearly 11m of beam, the Sunreef 70 boasts an impressive stern cockpit with plenty of space for dining, a barbecue and bar as well as a hydraulic swim platform. Accessed from the main saloon, the bow terrace features big sun pads, a sunken lounging space and clever diving gear storage. Ginette’s flybridge was given an open layout with oversized sun pads and a large u-shaped sofa.

The crew quarters are located in the aft of the hulls and offer comfortable accommodation along with a crew mess.

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