Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is eyeing programmes to power its assets through renewable sources. 

DWTC has conducted a feasibility study to develop a programme for the deployment of renewable energy across its real estate assets across Trade Centre and Jebel Ali.

Within the DWTC complex, the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) is planned to be the flagship asset that will incorporate technologies to optimise solar power, as well as the energy conservation methods that leverage the facility's rooftops and facades of the halls that are part of development's long-term plans.

An initial implementation activity will see the installation of a 1.2MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant, spanning 10,500sqm and comprising 4,500 PV modules, across the Trade Centre complex. 

The solar panel is expected to generate 1,800MWh/year for the requirements of 60 one-bedroom residential units. 

The planned photovoltaic system is being designed as a noiseless and environment-friendly platform. 

One Central, DWTC's newly unveiled LEED Gold-certified mixed-use development, is expected to generate 58% of its hot water demand through PV cells installed within the skylights of its commercial assets, solar panel rooftops, and flat plate collectors. 

DWTC will also develop a six-storey car park that would use solar rooftop energy. 

HE Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA), said the programme's feasibility study extends to DWTC's future development plans as well. 

He added: "The integral convention and exhibition assets in particular will spearhead our efforts to drive innovation and be the future global benchmark for sustainability, as it is aligned with Dubai’s master plan for a green future.

"The detailed feasibility study aims to incorporate next generation technologies for the exhibition halls that will be part of the retained permanent event and conference facilities within the DWTC complex.

"We envision this project at the heart of Dubai’s new business district, to serve as the emirate’s showcase initiative for clean and sustainable energy on an international stage."