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As part of its initiative to save energy and follow green building standards, Dubai Abattoirs will install solar hot water systems to replace their diesel fuelled steam heaters, Dubai Municipality announced on Sunday.

The current system uses diesel fuel and chemicals to power the steam heaters that produce the steam that boils the cold water in the thermal exchange unit. The water, heated to 65˚C, is used to clean the slaughtering halls, tools and equipment.

Ahmed Hassan Al Shammari, head of Abattoirs Section of Public Health Services, said that the Abattoirs would install solar panels and a complete thermal exchange system, which would be connected to the hot water system of the abattoir.

To date, about 210 solar panels have been installed, which can heat up to 70,000lts of water to 80˚C on a daily basis. Al Shammari added that the new system will also reduce the periods of operation for the steam boilers, which would help preserve the environment and reduce operating expenses.

He told the Emirates News Agency that he was confident that this scheme would contribute effectively towards reducing the consumption of diesel fuel and electricity, which were previously required to run the stove and boilers.

Furthermore, he said that water consumption and chemical usage for the boiler water treatment would also be reduced by using the solar hot water systems. This would help save on the cost of boiler maintenance and reduce toxic gas emissions from the burning diesel.