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It’s only just the second month of the year yet so many things have already made 2018 exciting for all of us in the engineering community. Given the new regulations implemented, recent developments and breakthrough research made by the engineering and scientific communities, the future looks bright for the hopeful ones. For this month, we are featuring Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC and its CEO, Anita Nouri. In this special article about landfill gas power generation, Anita shares why it’s important to target waste energy to reduce the environmental impact of landfills while generating power. Learn how the company was established and how their sustainable renewable energy project makes a positive impact on the environment.


We have also included special renewable feature articles on the magazine this month such as the following: • • • • •

Tesla Will Create A Second Massive Battery System for Australia Tadweer Signs Five New Contracts at EcoWASTE Exhibition 2018 UAE’s Bee’ah To Add 50 All-Electric Tesla Semi Trucks To Its Transport Fleet From a Nuclear Disaster Site to One of the World’s Largest Solar Power Plants ACWA Power and Huawei Launch Programme To Enhance Efficiency Of Solar Plants

Lastly, we have prepared special leadership stories for engineers looking for big changes in their careers. Find out how you can appear qualified for your new job and how you can get promoted this year. If you’re a fresh engineering graduate, read our story on what employers look for when they hire new graduates. For engineers seeking a leadership role in one’s team, find out how to be the leader your engineering team needs. For engineers with new job offers, read our article on why you shouldn’t accept that engineering job offer immediately. So go ahead, scroll through our pages and learn the latest news, find out more about the latest trends and get inspired with our featured articles. Get updated. Be informed with this month’s GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders.

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Contents Landfill Gas Power Generation: Targeting Waste Energy


How To Be The Leader Your Engineering Team Needs


Tadweer Signs Five New Contracts at EcoWASTE Exhibition 2018



From a Nuclear Disaster Site to One of the World’s Largest Solar Power Plants


UAE’s Masdar and Envyron Energy, Subsidiary of Alliances for Global Sustainability, Collaborate on Plastic-To-Fuel Technology


Cepsa and Masdar Join Forces To Expand Their Renewables Businesses Internationally


Etihad ESCO Selects Siemens & Smart4Power For Retrofitting At Dubai International Airport Terminals

Living Ink As Solar Panels For Small Devices


How Engineers Can Reset A Bad Work Day


11th World Future Energy Summit Opens Its Doors in Abu Dhabi


Abdul Latif Jameel Energy Secures Financing For Mexican Solar Farm That Will Power 150,000 Homes


Tesla Will Create A Second Massive Battery System for Australia


How Engineers Can Be Promoted This Year According to Bosses


Changing Careers? Here’s How Engineers Can Appear Qualified for Their New Job


Why You Shouldn’t Accept That Engineering Job Offer Immediately


What Employers Look For When Hiring Fresh Engineering Graduates


In Saudi Arabia, REPDO Shortlists ACWA Power and Marubeni for 300MW Solar Project


UAE’s Bee’ah To Add 50 All-Electric Tesla Semi Trucks To Its Transport Fleet


ACWA Power and Huawei Launch Programme To Enhance Efficiency Of Solar Plants


DEWA Highlights Latest Innovative Clean Energy Projects At World Future Energy Summit 2018


The Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC Landfill gas flaring and power operation at Al Qusais - site from the top of the landfill

School of Management University of San Francisco California – Dr. Mouwafac Sidaoui and students

The flares and the J320 GE landfill gas engine that is providing the power for the site operations

Top of the landfill after the gas collection network is installed - no pipes showing Now ready to receive the next layer of waste.

Landfill Gas Power Generation: Targeting Waste Energy Anita Nouri and her family moved to Dubai in 2009 to investigate the opportunities in sustainable Waste Management. “We believed that the region provided challenges that absolutely provide opportunity and that we could do something great�. Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC was established in 2011 with the vision of targeting landfills in the region for sustainable waste management solutions that will reduce the impact that landfills have on the environment. The Company was established and structured around the Carbon Market that was booming at the time. With the collapse of the CDM markets in 2012 Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC made a change in its business plan and moved towards the logical next step of generating power from the landfill gas that was passively being vented into the atmosphere. Today the site is operating on landfill gas that supplies all the electrical needs of the site and the Municipality site offices and scale house. We are a truly sustainable renewable energy project that is making a positive impact on the environment. How we started: This region has landfills. Landfill gas is mostly comprised of Methane (CH4) a GHG that has 28 times the global warming effect of CO2. By installing a degassing system and environmentally flaring the gas and thus eliminating the Methane you are reducing the impact of that harmful gas on the atmosphere. Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC has designed engineered and constructed the Al Qusais Landfill in cooperation with Dubai Municipality. It is our flagship project and the largest landfill gas flaring project in the region that has been designed to reduce the impact of landfill gas. The design took into consideration that we wanted to keep the landfill active

Students on siteand students

The test flare - Landfills are tested to see how much gas can be captured and the results of the test set the parameters for the engineering of the site gas collection and system. Testing has already started at the Abu Dhabi landfill.

Students coming to the landfill learn how the gas is generated from the organic portion. They learn how we can produce electricity from capturing the waste gas and operating a landfill gas engine to provide the power to our site and hopefully to the grid.

so as not to build new landfills we wanted to optimize the existing landfills and make them more environmental while adding value by generating power. The struggles that we have faced are legislative for generating power from landfill gas, and the fact that there is no tariff for renewable energy in relation to landfill gas power generation, but we do see a light at the end of the tunnel. It is a mandate in other parts of the world for landfills to be degassed, it is our global responsibility to eliminate the environmental impact that landfill gas has on our climate. “The effects of global warming are a direct or indirect result of human activity� Landfills are the biggest emitter of Methane into the atmosphere. The goal was to keep the landfill active while reducing the environmental impact and be able to generate power, today Al Qusais in Dubai has the capacity to generate over 20 Mwh electricity. The project is registered with the United Nations under the CDM scheme, and is reducing the

Gas engine looking up to the landfill behind

impact of methane by over 300,000 tons per year. That is the equivalent of removing over 80,000 cars off the roads. The Carbon Credits are sold to Norway to help them achieve their “Carbon reduction targets” and has a signed Emission Reduction purchase agreement which makes it the largest monetized CDM project of its size in the region. The GCC region and the UAE is still landfilling. Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC is positioned as a leader in the region. We have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ras Al Khaimah to degas the landfill and hope to generate power that can be utilized on site or to industry that is located close to the landfill. This project is still in development and we hope to finalize with the Government of Ras Al Khaimah this year. Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC also has signed a contract with Tadweer – Center

This is how the flare is monitored for the UNFCCC. The site is monitored and all the information is recorded on a minute by minute basis. The information is then verified and the credits are reported on the UNFCCC website under CM project #8269

of Waste Management in Abu Dhabi during the World Future Energy Summit this year in January a Landfill Gas to power generation project at the Al Dhafra landfill. The project has started the testing period where we will test for the quantity, quality and life of the gas that is generated by the landfill. We plan on starting construction of this site by April 2018 and target the 4th quarter of 2018 to start flaring and generating power from the landfill gas. This project is also under registration for CDM with the UNFCCC and is part of the Paris agreement that the UAE has signed the ratification to. The Al Dhafra project will be selling power to on site services and it will qualify as the largest landfill gas power generation project in the region. It is the time that we all have to work together. All renewable energy strategies need to align and support eachother. We do not have another chance to make the changes we need to make. It can only happen when we are open to discussion and take action. The message from GESS is that “All landfills need to be degassed, and utilized for power” we are doing what is right and hope that we can achieve the success of connection to the grid and generation of power. It is the lowest hanging fruit on the renewable chain. The region has set aggressive targets for renewable energy and landfill gas should be recognized as part of the initiatives. Zero Waste starts at the landfill. How can we optimize the waste that is there? How can we reduce the waste that is being sent to landfill? Education plays an important key and GESS welcomes schools and Universities from across the globe to see what can be done.

Benefits of Implementing Landfill Gas Projects - It supports all the targets – Environmental – Carbon reduction – Renewable energy – Social Responsibility – Positive Impact – Job Creation – Education – Economic supports sustainable development – Waste Management strategies – Generating Power reducing the use of Fossil Fuels

Sustainable Development Model

The Qusais site receiving waste over 7,000 tons per day - the gas collection network is installed underground so that we can keep the landfill active and not disturb the day to day operation.

Anita Nouri during the Big Project Middle East - winning Sustainable Project of the Year for three years in a row.

Tadweer Signs Five New Contracts at EcoWASTE Exhibition 2018 The Centre of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi (Tadweer) today has announced the signing of five new contracts worth AED 165 million of waste management investment projects in Abu Dhabi with leading firms in the waste sector, the total capital cost will be invested by the investors. The contracts were made public at the CWM - Tadweer booth at the EcoWASTE Exhibition, which is being held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The new contracts highlight upcoming waste

management projects in the capital and are expected to generate significant employment opportunities. H. E. Falah Al Ahbabi , Chairman, CWM - Tadweer said: “Tadweer is very pleased to announce these new projects - that are In line with the Abu Dhabi’s Government master plan related to Sustainability and environmental conservation, the new projects will greatly contribute in sustainable waste management and

environmental protection by treatment of hazardous waste, reducing landfill waste and reducing GHG emissions. These landmark contracts will enable CWM - Tadweer to fulfil its commitment of ensuring a safe and sustainable future for the next generations.” CWM - Tadweer signed a contract with Green Energy Solutions & Sustainability LLC for the first Landfill Gas to Energy investment project in the Middle East at Al Dhafra Landfill,which is the largest landfill in Abu Dhabi. The project will prevent emission of Green-House Gases (GHG) from the landfill to the atmosphere. It is expected to be commissioned to produce about 5 MW of power by September 2018 and will be registered with the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for carbon credit. CWM - Tadweer also awarded two new contracts to Ramky and BRS Ventures Joint Venture for Medical and Hazardous waste incineration projects in Abu Dhabi, and a contract to CleanCo in Al Ain. The facilities in Abu Dhabi will be able to treat about 15,000 tons per annum, while the Al Ain facilitiy will be able treat about 3,000 per annum. Both projects will be operational by end of 2018. Dr. BR Shetty, Chairman of BRS Ventures said “Increasing waste is a global problem and being in healthcare and manufacturing sectors, I have always been conscious about it. Having spent more than 40 years in Abu Dhabi, I am honored to get this opportunity from CWM that allows me to contribute to Abu Dhabi Environment along with my longterm associate Ramky”. Mr Allan Ayodhya Ramireddy, Chairman, Ramky Group said "Our foray in the middle East started more than a decade ago, however, this is our first Integrated waste management facility in Abu Dhabi. We are committed to a long-term association with CWM, along with our partners BRS Ventures, contributing to the sustainable development of UAE and the region.”

This year, CWM- Tadweer will also be working with Blue Al Serkal for recycling of used cooking oil to produce biodiesel and fatty acids, which in turn will be used for the manufacturing soaps. The biodiesel produced will conforming to the ESMA standard and certified for quality conformity by Abu Dhabi Quality Conformity Council. The facility is expected to collect and treat about 20,000 liters per day of used cooking oil from the hotels, restaurants and commercial kitchens. It will also will help protect the blockage of the sewage systems in Abu Dhabi by preventing drainage of used cooking oil into the sewage system. Both companies will be purchasing the used cooking oil from commercial establishments. Eng. Saeed Al Mehairbi, Acting General Manager, CWM - Tadweer said: “Since its inception, CWM -Tadweer has made remarkable progress in creating and implementing safe and effective waste management strategies. This year being the Year of Zayed, with the awarding of these new high-value investment contracts, we are confident that it will help further raise the standard of waste management in Abu Dhabi and generate significant employment opportunities in the Abu Dhabi waste sector.” All these projects will be based in an EcoPark being developed by the Center of Waste Management (CWM) next to the Al Dhafra Landfill, where all future waste treatment, recycling and resource recovery facilities will be located.] The fifth edition of EcoWaste exhibition is currently being held be held from January 15 to 18 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event is hosted by Masdar as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in partnership with CWM - Tadweer. This year’s EcoWaste exhibition will bring together more than 6,900 participants from 71 countries including the Middle East and North Africa region.

From a Nuclear Disaster Site to One of the World’s Largest Solar Power Plants The Chernobyl site was made to be a solar power plant by the Ukranian government in 2016. Now, the project is nearing completion. In April 26, 1986, one of the most catastrophic nuclear accidents in history happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in a town in northern Ukraine. Known as the Chernobyl accident, it was caused by a flawed reactor design plus inadequately trained personnel. According to experts, it affected a total of 4,000 18

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people who could eventually die of radiation exposure. Thirty years later, the Ukrainian government decided to make use of the Chernobyl nuclear wasteland by making it into a solar power plant, set to be one of the world’s largest.

Now, the project is about to be completed. “This solar power plant can cover the needs of a medium-sized village,” said Yevgen Varyagin, leader of the Solar Chernobyl running the project. It is expected to produce a total of one megawatt of energy for the local grid. Nearly 4,000 solar panels are being installed covering an area of 16,000 square meters, about the size of two football fields. Collectively, they are able to generate power for roughly 2,000 homes. But production could ramp up to almost 100 times current output depending on the success of the facility. “Bit by bit we want to optimise the Chernobyl zone,” Varyagin told Bloomberg in 2017. “It shouldn’t be a black hole in the middle of Ukraine.” The Chernobyl site is not entirely free from radiation. A sealed metal dome called Object Shelter, or “sarchophagus”, was placed in late 2016 to prevent further radiation leakage from the remains of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. For the same reason, the solar panels are fixed to concrete slabs because the soil in the area remains heavily contaminated. With the Ukrainian authorities saying that it would take more than 24,000 years before people could safely return to live there, no drilling and digging activities are allowed. “This territory obviously cannot be used for agriculture, but it is quite suitable for innovative and scientific projects,” said Ostap Semerak, Ukrainian Minister of the Environment, in 2016. Costing approximately €1 million ($1,220,200), the Solar Chernobyl is expected to earn back within the next seven years. This project is only one of the solar developments initiated by the government. An allotted 25 square kilometers are made available for more solar power plants, about 60 proposals still being considered.

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From left to right: Hector Perea (Strategy Director, Cepsa), Juan Manuel García-Horrillo (Gas and Power Business Director, Cepsa), Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, (CEO, Masdar), Pedro Miró (CEO, Cepsa), Yousif Al Ali (Director of Business Growth, Masdar) and Nikolas Meitanis (Adviser to the CEO, Masdar)

Cepsa and Masdar Join Forces To Expand Their Renewables Businesses Internationally Cepsa, a global energy company with more than 85 years’ experience, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, an international leader in renewables and sustainable urban development, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore renewable energy project collaboration, especially wind and solar.

The collaboration between Cepsa and Masdar is a reflection of the constant search for synergies among businesses of the Mubadala Investment Company. The agreement was announced today at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, one of the world’s largest gatherings on sustainability which is currently being held in the UAE capital. Last year the event received over 38,000 visitors. During his presentation, Juan Manuel García-Horrillo, Director of Cepsa’s Gas and Power business, said: “Our objective is to grow internationally in the renewables market to continue to diversify our energy sources and respond to the energy needs of every reality. What better way of doing so than hand-in-hand with experts and leaders in the sector, and with the support of our shareholder? We are sure that this agreement will lead to interesting projects for both companies.”

Cepsa, a global energy company with more than 85 years’ experience, and Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, an international leader in renewables and sustainable urban development, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore renewable energy project collaboration, especially wind and solar. Cepsa and Masdar aim to expand their international presence in the renewable energy market through the signing of this agreement.

Speaking on behalf of Masdar, Bader Al Lamki, Executive Director for Clean Energy, said: “Masdar’s role as a global renewable energy leader coupled with Cepsa’s expertise and international presence in the oil & gas industry, creates an ideal synergy to further accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in international markets. Exploiting such a synergy across its diverse business portfolio to realize further competitive advantage in support of Abu Dhabi’s economic growth is a

focus of Mubadala Investment Company”. This agreement strengthens Cepsa’s diversified energy model and long-term strategy, and is in line with the Company’s forecasts as outlined in its Cepsa Energy Outlook 2030 report for renewable energy sector growth in the coming years. In 2017, the Company acquired the rights to develop its first wind farm in Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain’s southern province of Cadiz. Cepsa’s objective within the renewable energy sector is to gain access to a fast-growing market, develop new capabilities and skills within the energy sector, and mitigate the volatility of some markets in which it operates, such as crude oil. Since 2006, Masdar has invested in renewable energy projects with a combined value of US$8.5 billion; the company’s share of this investment is US$2.7 billion. Masdar’s renewable energy projects are located in the UAE, Jordan, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, Serbia, Germany and Spain. The electricity generating capacity of these projects, which are either fully operational or under development, is nearly 3 gigawatts (GW) gross. Masdar’s track record and international operations in renewable energy will be on show throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which runs from January 13-20.

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Living Ink As Solar Panels For Small Devices This new type of ink could work as a power source for our smaller devices. A new type of solar panel can be created just with a few dabs of ink. There’s a specific kind of bacteria that creates its own food through photosynthesis. This bacteria, called Cyanobacteria, absorbs solar power and turns it into usable energy. They may have been responsible for the huge amounts of flora and fauna we see in the wild, but now, they’re being used as mini solar panels. If you can’t see how awesome this is, imagine walking along the city and your family dies out. 22

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Your first instinct would be to charge your phone in whatever way possible. Well, it’s not always easy, especially if you forgot your charger at home. Thing is, this new tech will remove all of that hassle by allowing your devices to be charged under direct sunlight. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, Central Saint Martin’s, and Imperial College London developed a way to gather “living ink”

from this bacteria, turning them into mini solar panels. This ink can be used to print onto small pieces of paper which can also be printed with smaller, electroconductive nanotubes. Though there wasn’t that much energy generated, the researchers gathered what they can in the span of 100 hours. Although the technology is promising, Dr. Andrea Fantuzzi, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London and coauthor of the study said in a statement that “paper-based BPVs [microbial biophotoltaics] are not meant to replace conventional solar cell technology for large-scale power production.” While they do generate electricity, it’s not on

the same level as that of our standard roof solar panels. The smaller bio-panels produce just enough energy to sustain smaller devices including health kits, wearable sensors, and wearable health devices. You could also create a wallpaper printed with this ink to sense the amount of clean air of your house and provide you with accurate results immediately. As of today, the possibilities of this device is limitless. The technology itself can work in dark situations by gathering energy from light particles around the source. Researchers are still looking to cut the cost of production of the tech while looking for possible integrations that the tech could be used for.

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11th World Future Energy Summit Opens Its Doors in Abu Dhabi The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2018 today opened its doors to some of the world’s most important sustainability stakeholders at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.


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HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Presents Nine Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Opening Ceremony His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, today attended the Opening Ceremony of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), before presenting awards to nine winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. During the opening, a keynote speech was delivered by H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman at Masdar, in which he said that Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week marks a significant milestone as the country celebrates the centenary of its founding father. Dr Sultan went on to say that over the last decade, the Zayed Future Energy Prize, underpinned by the legacy of Sheikh Zayed and the vision of the leadership, has inspired leaders, governments and industries to work collectively to reach for a better tomorrow and to safe guard the world for the next generation. The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2018 today opened its doors to some of the world’s most important sustainability stakeholders at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event, and its co-located events, International Water Summit and EcoWASTE Exhibition will continue throughout the week, closing on Thursday, January 18th.

World’s largest manmade water reserve to be built in Abu Dhabi The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) today unveiled the Liwa Strategic Water Reserve, which is the world’s largest manmade reserve of high quality desalinated water. The wells, which lie up to 80

metres below the Liwa Desert, are fed by one of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) longest water pipeline networks which runs the water from Shuweihat desalination plant at a rate of 7 million imperial gallons (approx. 32,000 m3) per day over 27 months. The project has addressed Abu Dhabi’s water security and its resilience through the recharge of groundwater aquifers with high-quality desalinated water, which cannot be stored above ground due to contamination and other factors. The desalinated water is piped from the coast to create the secure, underground reserve system. “The entire project is testament to the power of multistakeholder collaboration, and an exemplary case study in inter-governmental cooperation driven by environmental pillars guiding sustainable economic imperatives,” said Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General, EAD. “The reserve acts as a safety net for the provision of water and is now being regarded as an excellent regional model for foresight and planning,” said His Excellency Saif Al Seairi, Acting Director General, ADWEA. “We’re in the middle of unprecedented global energy transition”: His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment In a speech to open the Ministerial Panels on day one of the World Future Energy Summit, His Excellency Dr. Renewable Green Leaders • February 2018


Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment told those in attendance that we are in the middle of an unprecedented global energy transition, with growing populations, expanding economies and advancing technological innovations. The Minister went on to praise the efforts of the UAE in reducing costs for solar production and the work of local private sector company’s such as Majid Al Futtaim, which has committed to becoming net positive by 2040. The Minister’s opening keynote was followed by a number of panels which focused on Easternisation, the trend of Asian economies becoming global leaders in clean energy innovation and deployment. Other panels included; ‘Driving the Global Energy Transformation’, a discussion with H.E. Nicolas Hulot, Minister of Ecological and Solidary Transition, The French Republic, H.E. Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates and H.E. Andan Z. Amin, Director- General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The panel provided excellent context around the challenges facing the energy industry and the solutions that are being developed to transform the industry globally. H.E. Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister, Ministry of Energy, United Arab Emirates noted the progress being made by the UAE to ensure that renewable energy makes up 50% (44% renewable and 6% nuclear) of

the country’s total energy mix by 2050. The Minister stated that the country’s targets will be reviewed every five years and readjusted based on affordability, sustainability and the security of supply of the energy sources. Official Innovation Partner, Japan, Showcases Next Generation Robotics The World Future Energy Summit Innovation Partner, Japan, is showcasing its forward-thinking approach to

technology at the event. Its presence will revolve around the concept of ‘Vision Centric Innovation for the Next 100 Years’, drawing on the need for innovation to be vision based with a view to shaping the world for future generations. The Japanese pavilion, located in Hall 8 and 9, is hosting more than ten companies, including Kodansha, Toshiba, Meltin and iSpace, which are showcasing technologies that are set to play a significant role in ensuring a more sustainable world. The

Moon will be inhabited by 1,000 people, with more than 10,000 visitors each year. With water resources critical to this development, ispace’s robotic technology will be crucial in providing access to the lunar surface, exploring its water resources and creating a world where the Earth and the Moon are one ecosystem.” 6th International Water Summit Opens The International Water Summit opened today, welcoming more than 150 exhibitors from more than 20 countries. The event, which is in its 6th year, has a special focus on breakthrough smart technologies that are being developed around the world to address pressing water challenges in arid regions.

companies are displaying robotics capabilities, treating event visitors to experience and interact with the latest robotics technologies being deployed to solve issues around water security and energy storage. ispace, a lunar robotic exploration company that develops micro-robotic technology to provide low-cost and frequent transportation service to and on the Moon, is showcasing the world’s

most lightweight and smallest landers and rovers, which will be deployed to explore water resources on the Moon. The company recently announced that it will use the revolutionary technology when it leads two lunar exploration missions in 2019 and 2020. Speaking at the event, Takahiro Nakamura, Chief Operating Officer at ispace commented: “Our vision is to expand the planet and its future. We believe that by 2040, the

The 2018 edition also features Innovate@IWS, a competition seeking to discover the most promising smart water technologies, and will connect participants to potential clients and investors creating access to opportunity, capital and growth. EcoWASTE Exhibition Inaugurated by H.E Falah Al Ahbawbi, Chairman of Tadweer The 5th Edition of EcoWASTE Exhibition was today inaugurated at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre by H.E Falah Al Ahbawbi, Chairman of Tadweer. With a future-centric agenda committed to advancing sustainable waste management and recycling across the

Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the annual event will take place until Thursday, January 18th. More than 20 Local, Regional and Global Investors set their Sights on Clean Tech and Sustainability Start Ups Day two of the World Future Energy Summit will see more than 20 local, regional and global investors visit the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) to assess investment opportunities in the technologies and solutions on show, which solve challenges in three critical areas; air pollution, clean mobility and agriculture. The participating investors have expressed their interest based on what they perceive as a major change in strategies away from conventional investments. Clean tech and sustainable energy start-ups have become more attractive than ever before due to the drive towards a more sustainable energy mix and the potential that the industry holds. CLIX will connect investors with the innovative climate change concepts and solutions, with the hope to unlock funding ranging from US$300,000 (AED1.1 million) to US$2.5 million (AED9 million). Hosted under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) in collaboration with Masdar and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and sponsored by Krypto Labs, the Department of Transport and Nawah Energy, the 28

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inaugural edition of the programme will take place in Hall 9 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. Things to look out for on day two •

SolarCoin – The launch of a blockchainbased, value generation structure for solar power generation: 08.45 – 10.00 at the Dialogue Hall Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) keynote address – Sh. Dr. Majed Al Qasimi, Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, UAE: 09.30 – 09.45 at Hall 9

Welcome to World Future Energy Summit (WFES) opening keynote – Opening keynote to be delivered by Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy, UAE: 10.20 – 10.25 at the Dialogue Hall

Realising Saudi Arabia’s renewable energy targets – This session will evaluate Saudi Arabia’s energy needs, its project timeline on the way to its 2023 target, and the kingdom’s technology priorities: 16.05 – 16.45 at the Dialogue Hall

• ADWEA press conference announcing world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plant: 11am in Hall 4

Tesla Will Create A Second Massive Battery System for Australia After installing the “most powerful battery system in the world”, Tesla plans to install one more Powerpack in Australia. Tesla’s Powerpack project at a South Australian wind farm was so successful that many other states in Australia want to get their own. The news has garnered a lot of attention in media, since Elon Musk made a bet to bring it online in “100 days or it will be free” as well as the fact that it has become the most powerful battery system in the world. Now, Tesla will be once again, teaming up Neoen wind farm to build another Powerpack system in Victoria, which is in the SouthEast of Australia. The Australian media reported that Tesla was able to successfully win the contract to build a 20 MW battery system to support the 204 MW at the Bulgana Green Power Hug. Though this will be smaller than the South Australian project, it will be a great endeavor for the Tesla/Neoen collaboration. Franck Woitiez, the managing director of Neoen said: “The performance of the South Australian battery is outstanding. The Bulgana battery is primarily going to provide energy to Nectar Farms and may support the grid in the future.”

involvement of Tesla in South Australia’s energy sector was started after the state experienced several widespread power failures due to severe weather in the Summer of 2016. Tesla said that they would be able to fix South Australia’s energy problems within 100 days or the solution would be free of charge, and the South Australian government accepted Tesla’s proposition. The 100 MW Powerpack system went live on December 1st 2017, and Tesla was able to keep their promise. With all these efforts for renewable energy around the world made by numerous engineers, scientists and environmental enthusiasts, our world may soon be coal-free and will be a cleaner and safer place to live in.

The time frame For this new project, the team has a longer timeline than the 100-day South Australian project. The new Victorian plant has been planned to come online in around 18 months. The

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Changing Careers? Here’s How Engineers Can Appear Qualified for Their New Job Many engineers today are shifting careers. But how should they manage when looking for a job?

Nowadays, it is no longer new that engineers want out of their respective fields to pursue a career that they truly want, may it be related to engineering or something completely different. Some may say that it is a mistake, throwing away all those years of studying engineering only to quit on it later on. If you are one of those engineers making the big change, do not mind them. Taking engineering cannot be really considered a mistake – just think of it as part of the process as a career professional.


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So what now? What do you need to do to make the shift to other fields? Here are tips: Research the role Say you are a civil engineer wanting to explore the renewable energy sector. While they are slightly related, the cores and scope of the two are different. The best thing to do to keep up is to research the role and study what it takes to get into the business.

When you do not have credentials, at least be knowledgeable about your new field of interest. Dig deep into the job description, ask your friends who work in that sector, and pay attention to the nature of the job. Update your resume Because you are going to apply for jobs in your new field, you have to make your resume appear that you are fit for your new roles. While you might have difficulty on the technical areas, your soft skills and other engineering skills will be handy as those are transferrable. Relate your previous jobs to the new one as much as possible by mentioning the appropriate experiences that you had in your resume. Highlight relevant experience This is the best way to sell yourself – talk during the job interview. The hiring manager needs to be convinced that someone like you, a newbie to the field, is a worthy hire. He or she must never think that you are making a career shift. Use whatever you have researched and studied to your advantage while in this stage. Be confident It pays to be sure about your decision of changing careers from being an engineer. Each step of the way you must have the trust in yourself that you will succeed in this endeavor. If you do not have that, not one employer will be interested in you. Fake it until you make it!

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What Employers Look For When Hiring Fresh Engineering Graduates With zero work experience, fresh engineering graduates are confused as to what the determining factor really is to be employed. Upon graduating in engineering school, perhaps your greatest worry is how you will be able to land a job. You think that it is difficult to find employers who will trust someone like you who does not have legitimate work experience.


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It is true that you might have difficulty in securing your first job, but there is a trick: show to hiring managers that you will be worth it. And the best way to do that is to write in your resume what they want.

“When employers do hire from college, the evidence suggests that academic skills are not their primary concern,” says Peter Cappelli, a Wharton professor and the author of a new paper on job skills. “Work experience is the crucial attribute that employers want even for students who have yet to work full-time.” Especially for fresh engineers, it pays to have exposure to companies as early as college through on-the-job trainings and work sidelines. While this is optional for some, lucky are those who have curriculums making internships compulsory because that is what employers want the most. The Chronicle of Higher Education tallied the relative importance of attributes in evaluating graduates for hire. Internships lead with 23 points from a scale of 0 to 100, 21 points for employment during college, 12 points for volunteer experience, and 10 for extracurricular activities. All these are experience-based attributes. Meanwhile, academic attributes include college major with only 13 points, relevance of coursework and college GPA both with 8, and college reputation with 5. This just proves that your GPA will not matter that much after graduation. What does this mean for engineering students? And for you as a job seeker?

Now the question begs: what do employers want? According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, it is not your college GPA but experiences outside of academics that matter to them: Internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurricular activities.

Engineering students should invest in getting more on-the-job trainings or relevant work experience while in college. While it does not mean to say that grades do not matter, the experiences outside of the classroom just have more value to hiring managers when it comes to engineering work. And for you who have already graduated and now looking for a job but do not have much prior experience related to your field, make your resume as appealing – while truthful – as possible, secure an interview, and sell yourself there. Tell them how much of a learner you are.

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UAE’s Bee’ah To Add 50 All-Electric Tesla Semi Trucks To Its Transport Fleet In line with its efforts to provide a better quality of life in the Middle East, Bee’ah, the region’s fastest growing environmental management company, has underscored its unshakeable vision for sustainability by purchasing the first and largest fleet of Tesla Semi trucks in the Middle East. The announcement was made in-line with Bee’ah’s participation at the “World Future Energy Summit”, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi from 15 to 18 January 2018.

company to get rid of all vehicles that run on diesel, contributing to better air quality.

The organization placed an order for 50 of the automotive brand’s revolutionary all-electric vehicles immediately after their launch on November 16, to underline Bee’ah’s steadfast commitment to sustainability across its entire operations. As the company also eyes ambitious regional expansion, a larger transport fleet will ensure the new operational demands can be met.

The new fleet will enable Bee’ah to further minimize its environmental impact by reducing the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the road, thereby reducing the consumption of fossil fuels – of which the region is moving away from, decreasing vehicle emissions, and improving air quality.

The incoming Tesla Semi trucks, which enter production in 2019, will primarily be used for waste collection and transportation, including transportation of materials for recovery. They will also add to Bee’ah’s growing fleet of vehicles, which total over 1,000, and continue upgrading the organization’s transport options in making the fleet as eco-friendly as possible. Overall, Bee’ah’s modernized fleet will continue to make a significant contribution to reducing the company’s carbon footprint, and that is by using the new Tesla Semi trucks alongside the existing electric vehicles, the vehicles that run on compressed natural gas and the ones that run on bio diesel, in addition to the boats that use solar energy while cleaning lakes and water bodies. Bee’ah has also partnered with some U.S. based companies specialized in transforming diesel-powered vehicles into electric ones. This purchase from Tesla is considered to be the first phase of the company’s transition to a full eco-friendly fleet as Bee’ah is working on other future partnerships that will eventually allow the


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Launched in California by CEO Elon Musk, the new Tesla Semi truck will provide Bee’ah’s logistics function with vehicles capable of travelling 805 kilometers on a single charge. Running on battery power, the trucks are guaranteed for 1.6 million kilometers of usable life, while carrying 36,287 kilograms of cargo.

Among its many priorities, improving air quality for the UAE community is a particular focus of Bee’ah. In late 2015, the company announced seven new air-monitoring stations, which collect and analyze data on local air pollution to help

partners in government and education form new strategies for reducing harmful emissions across industries. “We are extremely pleased to turn towards Tesla for a solution that enhances our leadership of sustainable practices in the region. As a company that strives to be the best in our field, we only work with partners that we consider to be the best in theirs.” Commented His Excellency Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah. “Through this latest investment, we hope to demonstrate to others the value and importance of seeking out better, more viable ways of achieving our business aims, all for the greater good of our communities.” Added Al Owais. “As a torchbearer for environmental responsibility, Bee’ah’s move to bring the first and largest fleet of Tesla Semi trucks to the region is a significant milestone in our operational evolution.” Commented Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah. “Sustainability is at the very core of what we do, and the pursuit of this feeds into every level of our organization. That is why we have made this investment in our transportation fleet, which occurs with a view towards a larger goal – achieving the objectives of the National Agenda for UAE Vision 2021.” Added Al Huraimel.

Bee’ah’s latest involvement with automaker, energy storage, and solar panel company Tesla isn’t its first. Earlier this year, the organization made a major investment with Tesla to fit the company’s world-leading Powerpack battery technology at Bee’ah’s spectacular, state-ofthe-art net zero energy headquarter complex, which is currently under construction. The Tesla batteries will store solar energy to power the building, and any excess electricity generated will be fed directly into Sharjah’s main power supply grid, thereby ensuring maximum efficiency. The use of Tesla Powerpack technology marked a significant step towards Bee’ah’s vision of a future where buildings are powered solely by renewable energy – starting with its own headquarters. Designed by revered British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, the new headquarters is currently under construction in Sharjah, UAE, and will become a platinum LEED certified building upon completion. “Bee’ah’s investment in Tesla’s Semi trucks and its Powerpack battery technology is a further example of our quest to take a holistic approach to environmental management, stretching far beyond waste management. Earlier this year, we announced the launch of a new company, EvoTeq, and signed two new business agreements as part of an investment in technology aimed at improving the lives of people living in the UAE.” added His Excellency Salim Al Owais, Chairman of Bee’ah. Beyond their obvious environmental benefits, the new Tesla trucks also signify another step forward in Bee’ah’s march towards innovative tech-based solutions to the region’s most pressing challenges. Autonomous technology will enable multiple Tesla Semi trucks to travel in convoy unaided by human intervention, bringing safer transportation to the UAE’s roads. To the same end, on-board sensors will detect instability during travel, and automatically make adjustments to vehicle torque and braking to prevent dangerous ‘jackknifing’.

Bee’ah to add 50 all-electric Tesla Semi trucks to its transport fleet

Visitors to the exhibition can pass by Bee’ah’s stand no.5230 in hall no.5 of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.

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HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) gave a keynote speech in a session titled ‘Meeting the UAE’s Renewable Energy Targets’ at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2017.

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is participating in the 11th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) as its Efficiency Sponsor. This is part of DEWA’s strategy to support local and global efforts to increase the use of renewable and clean energy, and its efforts to shape the future of energy. DEWA will highlight its latest and innovative renewable-energy projects and initiatives at the accompanying exhibition. WFES is organised by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), from 15-18 January. “The UAE has established its leading position in the clean and renewable energy sector, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. This is the result of a foresighted vision that anticipates the future and prepares to export the last barrel of oil. This is done by implementing quality projects to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix. We are pleased to participate in the World Future Energy Summit to share our experiences and expertise, and highlight our innovative initiatives and efforts to develop disruptive technologies in renewable and clean energy. This is to keep up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and promote research and development to develop innovative and sustainable solutions and unify efforts to address the challenges facing the energy sector,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA. Al Tayer commended Masdar’s efforts in organising WFES, which has become an important platform for exchanging expertise and highlighting the role of the UAE in the transition towards the energy of the future. “At WFES, DEWA will highlight its efforts to develop clean-energy projects and research and development in order to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and eventually provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.

One of DEWA’s key projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar energy project in the world. It will produce 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED 50 billion. When completed, the solar park will reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually,” added Al Tayer. At WFES 2018, DEWA is highlighting a number of its key projects and initiatives. These include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; Shams Dubai to connect solar power to buildings, Green Charger to build the infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations, and the 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station, which will use water stored in Hatta Dam. This is the first of its kind in the GCC. DEWA’s stand also included a model of its new headquarters, Al-Sheraa. Once its photovoltaic panels are installed, it will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. DEWA will also review its smart services and initiatives that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, in addition to Rammas, DEWA’s virtual employee. DEWA is also highlighting the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME), which was created through an agreement between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA, and the United States Department of Energy. Dubai will host the first two rounds of the Solar Decathlon, which is held for the first time in the Middle East and Africa. The first will be held in November 2018 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and the second in 2020 to coincide with Expo Dubai. The total prizes are AED 20 million. DEWA’s stand number 5110 in hall 5 also includes key projects of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. In cooperation with DEWA, Suqia’s R&D projects include reverse osmosis of seawater and a photovoltaic desalination plant, in addition to water purification using solar technology. DEWA’s stand also includes the Supreme Council of Energy and some of DEWA’s companies such as Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon), Empower, Innogy International Middle East, Mai Dubai, and Etihad Energy Services Company (Etihad ESCO). Renewable Green Leaders • February 2018


How To Be The Leader Your Engineering Team Needs No matter what your role or rank is, you’ll become a leader sooner or later, so be ready.

Every company needs leaders that their employees can look up to. These leaders are those who make us feel motivated and bring out our drive to do our best at work. Sooner or later, you will be in the position of a leader in one way or another, so it’s always a good thing to learn how to bring out your best leadership skills when your team desperately needs it. Here’s how.

Give your team a vision.

Whatever your role or rank at work is, when you are leading a team, you should provide them a vision. Give your team a guidepost on what your team needs to accomplish. Show them an overview on the different short term goals, and long term goals, and how you’re going to achieve them as a team.

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short term and long term. Let them understand that their role is important for success.


Celebrate every success no matter how small or big. This will enable your team to see the progress you are making as a team. When people see the fruits of their labor was worth it, they will not hesitate to continue to do their best.

Encourage them during failure

You and your team will make mistakes–individually and as a team. Encourage your team despite mistakes and failures, and make sure you and your team learn from your mistakes. Instead on dwelling on the failure, create an environment wherein failure is an opportunity to learn.

Join them

Show your team that you are a team player. Be involved in as much activities as you can. Show your team that you are working with the team and as a team. Sit with your team and not above them. Be with them during the challenges, and be with them when you achieve success.

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UAE’s Masdar and Envyron Energy, Subsidiary of Alliances for Global Sustainability, Collaborate on Plastic-ToFuel Technology Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) is collaborating with Envyron Energy, a subsidiary of Alliances for Global Sustainability, to advance plastic-to-fuel technology, it was announced today at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings. The objective of this collaboration is to explore the further refinement of the plastic derived fuel produced by Envyron to upcycle it into a transportation grade fuel. The partners will also explore ways to further improve the existing technology through research and development programs as well as pursue commercial-scale projects in the UAE and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Following the signing of an MoU between Masdar and Envyron in December, a plastic-tofuel demonstration facility is being established at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of converting the city’s waste plastic into usable fuel and raise awareness of the importance of sustainable waste management. Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, the prominent sustainability advocate and owner of Alliances for Global Sustainability’s subsidiary, said, “It was the UAE’s founder Sheikh Zayed who said that we must leave the land as we found it, or improve it. This collaboration between Envyron and Masdar in the Year of Zayed pays tribute to his environmental legacy. It also establishes our joint investment in the circular economy; reducing the amount of waste in our landfills and locally transforming waste plastic into energy. “Sustainable waste management is a critical component of sustainable urban development, a key focus of this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week,” said Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director 42

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for Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar. “As Masdar City continues to grow, we will incorporate new technologies and best practices to reinforce its position as a model for low-carbon urban development. A product of our energy economy, plastic is much too valuable to be wasted.” Sustainable waste management is also part of the operating culture at Masdar City, which aims to maximise the reuse and recycling of waste construction material and other waste products in its ongoing expansion. According to the market intelligence provider Euromonitor International, less than half of waste plastic drinking bottles are collected for recycling globally, and only 7 per cent are turned into new bottles. The UAE aims to divert 75 per cent of its solid waste from landfill by 2021.

Etihad ESCO Selects Siemens & Smart4Power For Retrofitting At Dubai International Airport Terminals Etihad Energy Service Company (Etihad ESCO), a leading energy service company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEWA, announced its partnership with Siemens Tech and Smart4Power for the execution of an Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) Project at the Dubai International Airport, which involves the implementation of energy efficiency measures at Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Concourse B. The 7 year long project will guarantee a total of 23 per cent reduction on annual energy bill. The proposed energy efficiency measures for the Dubai International Airport terminals include installation of photovoltaic solutions. The sevenyear partnership with Siemens and Smart4Power involves a total of four facilities for retrofits that will be constructed over a period of 18 months and guarantees a total saving of AED 209,781,579 in seven years. The ESCOs will also mount a Solar Retrofit of 5 MWp capacity on Terminal 2. Siemens also announced the partnership with Etihad ESCO at WFES 2018 (World Future Energy Summit) on 16th January in Abu Dhabi. Siemens will be responsible for the project’s design, supply,

installation, commissioning and maintenance, and also the measurement, verification and guarantee of energy savings during the course of the partnership. Ali Al Jassim, CEO of Etihad ESCO, said: “The new partnership with Siemens and Smart4Power for retrofitting program at Dubai International Airport terminals further accelerates our journey towards achieving 30 per cent energy demand reduction by 2030 in Dubai. Etihad ESCO is currently retrofitting over 30,000 buildings in the Emirate to ensure energy efficiency and manage rising energy demand.” Etihad ESCO had signed the contract with Dubai Airports in October 2017, at the 19th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX). The agreement was signed by H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, MD & CEO of DEWA and Chairman of Etihad and H.E. Jamal AlHai, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports.

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How Engineers Can Reset A Bad Work Day Because work is not always a walk in the park. No matter what field we work in, we all know how stressful work can be and our bodies feel like giving up once we get home. These are just the ordinary days, there will be days where everything will go wrong: your alarm goes off late, you’re having a migraine, your computer decides to hang on you, and you have 6 meetings you have to attend to and 12 new tasks to add to your daily tasks. We all have those days and we usually don’t see it coming. While these may be outside our control, we can still monitor and reset our reactions. Here are some tips on how to handle an extremely stressful workday.


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Eliminate Work Related Stress Identify what is important and not important, list all your tasks down by priority. If it takes less than 2 minutes to complete, do them NOW. Then prioritize your most difficult tasks on your most productive time of the day. If you perform your best in the morning, do your most difficult task in the morning. If the job is too overwhelming, consider asking for help from a coworker. Do extra research on time management when you get home, and apply what you’ve learned in your job. Do your best to perform your tasks without wasting any time and effort.

Communicate with your boss Explain your problems to your boss, but make sure to do it in a manner that is proper. It is also good to know the proper timing to communicate with them. Also consider the urgency of the problem. If the problem is great, it’s more appropriate to speak with them in person rather than sending them an email. Keep your conversation straight to the point and professional. Make sure you update them with the current status of your tasks.

Avoid office politics Gossip and office politics don’t only affect a person’s reputation in the workplace but their productivity as well. Once the drama hits, it can be hard for the people involved to work efficiently– especially if the people involved in the drama are colleagues who need to work together to finish a certain task. We aren’t in highschool anymore, if it’s possible to stay out of the drama then don’t get involved. Concentrate on your work instead.

Don’t vent at work

passive-aggressive. Do some deep breathing, and if you really can’t hold it in, go outside for a few minutes to let the steam out. This will help you think more rationally before saying something you don’t really mean. If you really need to be open about it, talk to your coworker about how their negative behavior is affecting your job.

Take care of your personal troubles It’s difficult to balance your work and personal life, but it’s an important skill to learn. Weigh the odds if you can still continue on with your duties or if you need a day to reset.

Rest when you’re sick Engineers are used to working overtime and still continue to do so even if they are already sick. Among all the tips mentioned, this is the most important one. KNOW WHEN TO REST. Unless you have superpowers and can work 24/7 for a week, learn to go home and get some well deserved rest. Never attempt to do work when you’re sick. You’re endangering yourself and the work you’re doing.

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Abdul Latif Jameel Energy Secures Financing For Mexican Solar Farm That Will Power 150,000 Homes Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, has secured a deal to start construction of a 342 MW dc solar farm in Mexico, it announced at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) today. The deal for the Potosí Solar Farm, 60 km northeast of the city of Zacatecas in the State of San Luis de Potosí, will see construction begin in early 2018 and adds to a growing list of renewable energy projects Abdul Latif Jameel Energy has delivered across Latin America, including Uruguay and Chile. Potosí Solar Farm will generate enough energy to power around 150,000 homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 600,000 tons of CO2 per year. This is the first project operated by Abdul Latif Jameel Energy in the country, and was awarded in the second auction held by the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) in September 2016, followed by the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CFE Suministro Basico in March 2017. Construction will be carried out by TSK under an EPC contract and will cover an area of ​​


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approximately 800 hectares. Up to 300 jobs will be created during the construction phase. Roberto de Diego Arozamena, Chief Executive Officer of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, said: “Over the past week we have announced we will power nearly 400,000 homes in Chile and Mexico with clean energy. That’s why countries such as Saudi Arabia are right to be bringing forward initiatives such as the National Renewable Energy Program as there is huge potential in renewable energy. “Building on our growing footprint in Latin America, this particular project will capitalize on the considerable opportunity for renewables in Mexico and we look forward to driving clean energy in the country.” Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, through Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), closed the financing agreement with KFW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau), Bancomext and ING. Earlier this week Abdul Latif Jameel Energy announced its first hybrid solar-wind project that will see it power nearly a quarter of a million homes in Chile.

How Engineers Can Be Promoted This Year According to Bosses This is what the engineering managers said: It’s a brand new year but it’s the same old job, at least for most of us. And what is a better way to start 2018? By having new year’s resolutions aligned to our career goals. Perhaps one of which is to get promoted. But how can we do that? Bosses and engineering managers have weighed in, and this is what they said:

Collaboration An engineer who is a team player often yields positive feedback from co-workers. And it doesn’t take so much time before your ability to work with others reaches your boss and consider levelling up your position status.

Ownership For most bosses, it’s all about owning what the engineers do. That only means that they are dedicated to their work assignment and get things done. There has to be desire.

Effort Of course if you want to get promoted, you have to show an effort that you deserve it. Are you going beyond your regular tasks or doing something to be a lot more productive at work? That is a key trait for engineers who want to get a higher position.


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Reliability Your boss should be able to trust you more and more in a lot of matters as you go up the workplace hierarchy. Show up on time, have initiative, and deliver.

Learning from Failure It’s only understandable for engineers to make mistakes at work, and there is only one way to deal: learn from them. Possessing this skill will make your boss think that you are able to turn things around when things go wrong and especially when you have more power in deciding.

Autonomy Other than collaboration, you should also have autonomy. This means that you have what it takes to work and decide on your own.

Honesty Honesty is still the best policy. For engineers seeking for promotion, this means total transparency with a higher-up even if it is negative.

Hard work Hardworking engineers have the greatest edge in moving up their careers this year. Managers appreciate those who go the extra mile at work and sweat their way to success.

Creativity It also takes creativity for engineers who succeed – those who think outside the box. They are the kind of engineers who offer different kinds of solutions when the boss’ choice did not work.

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Why You Shouldn’t Accept That Engineering Job Offer Immediately There might be 5 red flags that will make you want to discontinue.

So you are unemployed, perhaps having a hard time to score a job. For an engineer this is pretty normal since qualifications could get in the way. Now there comes an opportunity, a company that is open for hiring. And you seem to be a perfect fit. Should you take that job? Not so fast. Jobless engineers need not to settle on a company that is not worth it. To be able to know if it’s worth it or not, you have to look for signs, like work-related red flags, about the company you are applying for.


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Career coach Hallie Crawford defines a workrelated red flag as a warning sign, “either overt or even a gut feeling you have, that the job won’t be a good fit for you.” He added, “It can also be a possible issue you sense with the company, why the job is available, your prospective boss, or a team member you’d be working with.” Ignoring such red flags will make you waste your time in the future. Now how should you know that the job is not as good as it sounds, and it’s only attractive because it is the one available?

You get offered the job during the interview. It is bad thing to be offered at the job interview right away for one thing: there could be issues. Why is the company itching to fill the role? There are several reasons for that and it could be that the engineering position asks more from the employee that what is required and paid or perhaps the company fires engineers from time to time.

The job description is not clearly defined. To know the job title is one thing, to understand what you have to do with that title is another. If you saw a job hiring for an engineer in a company, it has to be clear what tasks and responsibility you will be given once you are hired. And when the hiring manager refuses to say or fails to properly describe the job, it’s best not to accept the offer.

The hiring manager says he works 24/7—and so does the staff. Hard work is not a bad thing, but a very demanding job that needs you to work round the clock is.

Here are the red flags:

Your interviewer (or his/her space) looks like a mess. First sign that the company might not be for you is how disorganized the hiring manager is in terms of the interview and his or her working desk. Blueprints are everywhere, files are scattered all over. Job applicants always prepare, and you should expect the same with the interviewer. A mess that appears before your eyes during interview means that that is a regular day at the workplace – you do not want to work with that.

That is what many hiring managers do as well as engineers but you do not really need that kind of work life. You still have to make time for yourself, and you will not have that kind of luxury if your boss wants you to report to the workplace any time he or she wants.

The company low-balls its offer. They post an attractive salary offer for an engineer only to lower it down during the job interview. That’s manipulation. Of course this is a red flag.

In Saudi Arabia, REPDO Shortlists ACWA Power and Marubeni for 300MW Solar Project On 4th January 2018 REPDO announced that two consortiums have been shortlisted to develop the 300MW Solar PV project in Sakaka, Al Jouf as part of Round 1 of the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP). The two bidders are: 1. ACWA Power Marubeni Corporation with consortium members Khaled Ahmed Juffali Energy & Utilities Limited and Axia Power Holdings BV REPDO has stated that the project will be awarded to the selected bidder in January 2018 while the deadline for financial close of the Sakaka PV project is February 2018. The project is backed by a 25year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC). REPDO has stated that all eight bids that were submitted have been subjected to a detailed evaluation of material compliance to RFP

requirements, including the 30% local content component for Round 1 NREP projects. All companies that have submitted bids for the R1 Sakaka PV RFP are invited to participate in future projects of the NREP. The companies that submitted bids and the prices read out at the bid opening ceremony on 3rd October as was previously noted by MESIA at the MESIA trade mission in KSA are as follows: Masdar: 1,786 USDcents/Kwh ACWA Power: 2,341 USDcents/Kwh Marubeni: 2,660 USDcents/Kwh ENGIE: 2,771 USDcents/Kwh JGC: 2,784 USDcents/Kwh Mistui: 2,856 USDcents/Kwh Total: 2,859 USDcents/Kwh Cobra: 3,366 USDcents/Kwh

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ACWA Power and Huawei Launch Programme To Enhance Efficiency Of Solar Plants Julio Torre Gutierrez, President & CEO of NOMAC, the wholly owned operations & maintenance contractor of ACWA Power said, “Technology in the renewable energy industry is rapidly evolving not only on how electricity is generated but also in how plants are operated. This pilot programme is an important step in our continuous pursuit of delivering power reliably and at the lowest possible cost, a mission that necessitates the implementation of the latest solutions. The pilot programme is the first step in rolling out this technology in current and future sites as we strive to digitize our operations.”

ACWA Power, the developer of a rapidly growing portfolio of solar power plants spanning Morocco to Vietnam announced today at the World Future Energy Summit at Abu Dhabi, the roll out of a centralized control and monitoring pilot project that will implement Huawei’s FusionSolar solution for enhanced plant management, monitoring and control. FusionSolar, is a Centralized Control and Monitoring system that helps PV power plants run more effectively through better technology. The system improves communications 54

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capabilities to enable a solar power network, remote control, and automatic troubleshooting at a solar power plant. FusionSolar Smart PV Management System aims to increase availability, reduce cost of O&M (operations and maintenance) and reduce the power loss of whole PV plant. The system allows solar plant operators to control and monitor performance without being on site, especially the senior experts can manage several PV plants at the same time. This greatly lowers the labor and cost requirements for O&M.

Mr. Yin Feijun, GM of FusionSolar Smart PV Global Sales, Huawei said, “For the solar industry to continue to reduce cost and compete with fossil fuel alternatives, adopting the cutting-edge technologies to improve performance and operating efficiency is vital. We are confident that the FusionSolar Smart PV Management System will significantly contribute to this mission. What’s more, we’re looking forward to team up with ACWA to build more innovative PV plants in MENA and all over the world.”

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