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An Engineer’s Guide to Finding New Jobs:

The Latest Updates

Stop Doing These Common Job Search Mistakes

New Material for Solar Cells Was Designed with The Help of AI

3 Factors That Will Impress Your Future Engineering Employer

Low Winds? New Turbines Still Rate High Efficiency

What New Engineers Without Experience How A Graduate Degree Drives Your Career Forward Should Write on Their Resumes

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

India Increases Its 2022 Renewable Energy Target By 28%

JULY 2018 ISSUE NO. 015


Contents GoodWe: Acting Responsibly Towards The Entire Community and The Environment

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

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3 Factors That Will Impress Your Future Engineering Employer

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This New Material for Solar Cells Was Designed with the Help of AI

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Dubai Internet City, Dubai Science Park, Dubai Media City Bring Back Successful E-waste Collection Drive

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How Can A Graduate Degree Drive Your Career Forward?

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EU Reinforces Position at The Forefront of Global Energy Transformation, Says IRENA

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This System Could Cut the Cost of Solar Power Generation Into Half

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Empower Wins the Opportunity to Host the 8th IDEA Conference in Dubai

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Instead of Spinning, the Wings of these Wind Turbines are Flapping

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Can’t Land an Engineering Job? Stop Doing These Job Search Mistakes

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Using Only Salt and Water, This Battery Offers a Cheaper Option to Store Solar and Wind Energy

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What Employers Look For When Hiring Fresh Engineering Graduates Samsung Electronics to Expand Use of Renewable Energy

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India Increases Its 2022 Renewable Energy Target By 28%

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DEWA Enhances Cooperation with MIT

Solar Power Arriving in Dubai’s Leading Dry Ice and Industrial Gas Producer

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What New Engineers Without Experience Should Write on Their Resumes

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Low Winds? New Turbines Still Rate High Efficiency

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GoodWe is a leading, strategically-thinking enterprise which focuses on research and manufacturing of PV inverters plus battery storage solutions for residential, commercial and utility scale projects. With a total of 15 GW installations in more than 100 countries, latest data from IHS Markit PV Inverter Market Tracker 2018 has confirmed GoodWe’s position as the global top ten inverter manufacturer and top 5 in Asia by shipments with a sales volume of 350,000 units and $200 million revenue in the last year. In this month’s cover story, get a closer look at GoodWe’s operations as the company takes on the responsibility to provide a more sustainable future for the new generations to come. Learn more about their history and the man behind the success of GoodWe.

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We have included several special features on the magazine such as the following: • • • •

New Material for Solar Cells Was Designed with The Help of AI How A Graduate Degree Drives Your Career Forward Low Winds? New Turbines Still Rate High Efficiency India Increases Its 2022 Renewable Energy Target By 28%

We also prepared helpful articles for engineers who are looking for new jobs. Find out how to appear qualified for the job you are applying for. Learn what are the three factors that will impress your future engineering employers and know what are the common job search mistakes you should stop doing. As for those without experience, don’t worry. You still have a chance of getting the job by reading our special article on what to put on your resumes. So go ahead, scroll through our pages and read the latest stories that put the spotlight on green energy. Get updated with the news and be informed with our inspiring stories that are slowly changing the way we live today. Enjoy this month’s GineersNow: Renewable Green Leaders.

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GoodWe: Acting Responsibly Towards The Entire Community and The Environment GoodWe is a leading, strategically-thinking enterprise which focuses on research and manufacturing of PV inverters plus battery storage solutions for residential, commercial and utility scale projects. With a total of 15 GW installations in more than 100 countries, latest data from IHS Markit PV Inverter Market Tracker 2018 has confirmed GoodWe’s position as the global top ten inverter manufacturer and top 5 in Asia by shipments with a sales volume of 350,000 units and $200 million revenue in the last year. GoodWe was established in 2010 and our first PV inverter was launched the next year when the competition in the industry was very

fierce. However, in 2012 the EU imposed antidumping and countervailing duties to Chinese photovoltaic products, which was a severe blow to the industry. As a newly established company, GoodWe had to struggle to expand its business with a clear focus on product R&D while building up local sales channels and after-sales service systems in Europe and Australia. Our belief was, and still is, to focus on quality and innovation to achieve competitiveness and highest customer value. Tariff decrease is also an inevitable trend around the world. Due to the reduction of solar feed-in tariffs by many governments and electricity network operators, grid-feed solar systems have become less economical.


GoodWe became the first Chinese manufacturer to develop a hybrid inverter series with uninterrupted power supply and backup power in 2014. Throughout the years, GoodWe has set up an integrated service system to cover the entire sales process and has already established service centers in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Australia and India. GoodWe’s qualified service network team is available at all times to provide local technical support whenever and wherever required. A professional team of authorized engineers can perform onsite inspections, testing and debugging and providing repair or replacement if necessary, using the latest techniques to maximize inverter performance while minimizing production or process downtime. In addition, we have developed a new concept of workshops which aim to offer global support to all our customers including project consulting, technical training, on-site support and aftersales service. GoodWe Solar Academy (GSA) provides expertise and professional customer training sessions on inverter products and PV solutions for installers, system designers and technical sales.

Therefore, we focus on how to provide customers with competitive PV systems through technology innovation and solution optimization, so that they can gain from rapidly fallen tariffs. Quality is paramount in our business. From our Quality Management System utilized in our supply chain process, to the superior products achieved from the proprietary technology applied in our material processing, to our inhouse material testing laboratories, to our dedicated personnel and their interaction with our clients, quality is always evident. Only the highest quality components and raw materials – 90% of them supplied by Fortune 500 companies - are selected after rigorous incoming inspections and testing procedures. Thanks to our continuous efforts in R&D,

We believe that photovoltaic + energy storage is the main trend in the future. The residential energy storage solutions from GoodWe give customers control of their power, by giving them choice and flexibility over how they use the electricity grid. By storing excess power during off-peak hours, when electricity costs are at their lowest, clean energy can be enjoyed during peak times while benefitting from a reduction in monthly costs. In addition, the battery storage system provides critical back-up power during grid outages or blackouts. Global energy is undergoing significant changes; we are in the era of the combination of information technology and energy systems. GoodWe is no longer just a component manufacturer. We are committed to building a comprehensive Smart Energy Management System to manage the production, usage and scheduling of energy in order to realize real-time monitoring, analysis and optimization while supporting free trade of distributed energy.


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About The CEO Mr. Huang Min

Born in July 1973, EMBA Master from Renmin University of China In 2001, he resigned from the French petrochemical company Total and moved to the city of Suzhou to pursue his dreams with less than a hundred thousand Yuan available. First, he established a company engaged in the construction materials supply business. Because of the rapid growth of the real estate industry, the company became a leading firm in the city and generated a lot of profit. However, this was not the career that would satisfy him. He craved something else, more valuable and meaningful. He strongly believes that it is their responsibility to provide a more sustainable future for the new generations to come. The enterprise is the basic unit that constitutes the society. The purpose and final goal of the enterprise should just not focus on maximizing profits at all costs, but also act responsibly towards the entire community and the environment.


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Top 10 Iconic Projects Shanxi, China - 25MW Ankara, Turkey – 18MW Istanbul, Turkey – 16MW Rotterdam, Holland – 12MW De Munt Emmeloord, Holland – 11MW Woldjerspoor, Holland – 10MW Nigde, Turkey – 8MW Griene Greide Garyp, Holland – 6MW Adiyaman, Turkey – 6MW Istanbul, Turkey – 6MW

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3 Factors That Will Impress Your Future Engineering Employer No, you don’t need any party tricks to get the engineering job of your dreams. Learning to market yourself when you’re face-to-face with your future engineering employer might be harsh. It might even be too much for some people to handle. But if you’ve got what it takes but are not sure if you can land the job, learning these 3 insider “wow” factors might help you impress your future employer.

Confidence Just being prepared and having ample knowledge what you’re signing up for is a good way to pass of good vibes to your interviewer. It’s one of the most important thing that employers look at when hiring someone.

Communication Thought organization is one of the things that you might be overlooking when you go to an interview. Proper pace, relevant presentations, and a good flow of speech is a good way to get that job.

Time Management Showing them how you’ll solve a complex task step-by-step and in an organized way will surely land a lasting impression when it comes to your time management skills. It’s showing them that you can plan ahead for anything they can throw at you. If you make sure that you have these 3 factors when you go to an interview, you’ll be able to get that job.

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This New Material for Solar Cells Was Designed with the Help of AI “Traditional chemical knowledge isn’t enough. Instead, we used artificial intelligence to guide the design process.”

Solar cells are electrical devices that are most utilized as we slowly shift into a world powered by renewable energy. OPVs (Organic photovoltaics) are a class of solar cells that are based on a light-absorbing organic molecule which is combined with a semiconducting polymer. OPVs are made out of cost efficient, lightweight materials, and benefit from good safety and easy production. However, their ability to convert light into electricity or their PCEs (power conversion efficiencies) are still too low for full-scale commercialization. The PCE will depend on the organic and polymer layer. In the past, chemists have experimented with various combinations of 20

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these by trial-and-error which leads to a lot of wasted time and effort. Now, a team of researchers from Osaka University have used the power of computers to automated this search process for well-matched solar materials. Soon, this could lead to more efficient devices. The researchers’ study was reported in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. “The choice of polymer affects several properties, like short-circuit current, that directly determine the PCE,” study first author Shinji Nagasawa said. “However, there’s no easy way to design polymers with


improved properties. Traditional chemical knowledge isn’t enough. Instead, we used artificial intelligence to guide the design process.” Informatics is capable of understanding lage, complex data sets by detecting statistical trends that cannot easily be found by human experts. The team has gathered data from 1,200 OPVs from around 500 studies. By using Random Forest machine learning, they have built a model that combines the band gap, molecular weight, and chemical structure of the previous OPVs, together with their PCE, to forecast the efficiency of potential new devices. Random Forest has found an improved correlation between the properties of the materials and their actual performance in OPVs. To make use of this, the model was used to automatically screen the prospective polymers for their theoretical PCE. The list of the top choices was then reduced down based on chemical intuition

about what can be synthesized in practice. With this strategy, the team was able to create a new, previously untested polymer. In the event, a practical OPV based on this first try has proved that is was less efficient than expected. However, this model has provided useful insights into the structureproperty relationship. Its predictions can be improved by adding more data, like the polymers’ solubility in water, or their backbones’ regularity. “Machine learning could hugely accelerate solar cell development, since it instantaneously predicts results that would take months in the lab,” co-author Akinori Saeki says. “It’s not a straightforward replacement for the human factor — but it could provide crucial support when molecular designers have to choose which pathways to explore.”

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How Can A Graduate Degree Drive Your Career Forward? A master of science in engineering graduate shares her story. Are you thinking about boosting your career by undertaking graduate study? We spoke to Amani Alhammadi, who completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at American University of Sharjah in 2012. Amani shared with us what it is like to undertake a graduate program at AUS, and what difference a master’s degree has made to her engineering career.

What was the master’s degree that you completed at American University of Sharjah? I completed a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME). Why did you decide to pursue a master’s in engineering at the College of Engineering at American University of Sharjah?

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AUS is a leading university in the field of engineering, and it is well known for its practice of integrating research with education. It is also very focused on applied science and technology. I believe that AUS is the best environment to conduct research in the mechanical engineering field, as it fosters a sense of innovation.

What is your current position? What impact did your master’s degree have in getting you into that position? I am currently a senior electromechanical engineer. The education I received while studying a master’s at AUS has not only given me the right


tools to further progress my academic skills, but it has also undoubtedly prepared me for any future challenges I may face, and any endeavors I may choose to undertake during my career path. It has exposed me to the full range of mechanical engineering courses, all of which tended to reinforce and solidify my knowledge in the mechanical engineering fields. My AUS education has allowed me to apply the theoretical and practical part of my study to real-life aspects of my job. Moreover, the thesis part of my master’s degree formed the platform that I have built my research skills on. It enhanced my ability to conduct independent research, managing projects, designing and configuring mechanical systems, modelling and analyzing mechanical systems, and writing technical papers. The program also enhanced my personal effectiveness skills, such as initiative, flexibility, self-motivation, and my ability to work independently and under pressure.

Did anything surprise you about the master’s degree after you began taking classes?

Yes, I was surprised by the number of advanced courses offered in mechanical engineering, as well as the innovative facilities available through the College of Engineering. The variety of research areas and interests of the faculty members was also something that I did not expect.

What was the highlight of doing your master’s degree? The highlight was being able to conduct and defend independent research that resulted in a significant knowledge contribution to the field of mechanical engineering. Publishing the following two articles is something that I am very proud of: Thermodynamic Analysis of an Integrated Solar-Based Cooling System in UAE Evaluation of an Integrated PhotovoltaicThermal Option for HVAC Cooling System in UAE What would you say to somebody considering undertaking a master’s degree at the American University of Sharjah College of Engineering? Renewable Green Leaders • July 2018

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Studying a master’s degree at the College of Engineering at AUS is a great opportunity. It is a chance that one should not miss, as AUS is as a research-oriented university that follows a strategy of integrating theory and practice. This allows students great access to world-class research initiatives. The degree can equip students with a variety of practical and research skills to develop their individual academic and professional career, exposing them to the latest advances in engineering. The College of Engineering has all the required facilities that promote the learning process, such as highly innovative research centers and well-equipped laboratory facilities, providing hands-on learning. Moreover, the degree offers a variety of engineering disciplines that the student can choose from, complementing their areas of interest. The faculty at the College of Engineering are extremely friendly, encouraging and helpful. The faculty members offer not only academic advice, but also support students in making AUS their home.

Can you briefly describe your thesis? My thesis, entitled “Integrated renewable energy options for HVAC cooling systems”, is in the area of renewable energy and residential cooling systems. It is intended to solve problems related to the high cooling energy demand electrical grids, and environmental emissions associated with it. Five systems were developed in which fuels cells and solar energy collectors were integrated with absorption cooling systems for sustainable development. Thermodynamic analysis was carried out to study the performance of the integrated systems, considering the design parameters for a residential building in the UAE. The results showed a great opportunity for the integrated systems to replace or run in parallel with conventional cooling energy devices to achieve high performance cooling and lessen the environmental emissions, while providing the required cooling load. The College of Engineering at AUS currently offers eight engineering master’s programs, as well as a recently launch PhD in Engineering– Engineering Systems Management. To find out more about graduate programs offered through the College of Engineering at AUS, and to obtain information about how to apply to one of these programs, please visit www.aus.edu/cen


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This System Could Cut the Cost of Solar Power Generation Into Half

Researchers integrated the generator and the storage system into one. Storage has always been the problem of generating power from the sun. Harvesting light through the solar panels has improved significantly over the years, but to where the energy will be stored is another matter. Researchers from The University of Texas at 26

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Austin have developed a single-system solar technology which somehow solves this problem. It is said to cut clean energy costs into half. Called the M4 Inverter, or the modular, multifunction, multiport and medium-voltage utility-scale silicon carbide solar inverters, the


technology is the brainchild of solar experts from UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering. The idea is to produce electricity by integrating the entire solar power generation and storage into one single system, while converting direct current output of solar panels to medium-voltage alternating current.

School, believes that the M4 inverter will create efficiencies in a variety of ways.

Currently, solar energy systems are composed of bulky and expensive storage batteries. This is eliminated in the new system, making the solar power generation cheaper and less spacious.

“These functionalities will ensure the power grids of tomorrow can host a higher percentage of solar energy. By greatly reducing the impact of the intermittence of solar energy on the grid and providing grid-governing support, the M4 Inverter provides the same resilience as any fossil-fuelpowered grid.”

New silicon carbide power electronics switchers are used in the M4 inverter to achieve the level of efficiency required in the conversion of AC to DC. No transformers are also required for this new system. More selling points of this system include its modular building block and its power backup. This allows the reduction of manufacturing costs and higher reliability during power cuts. Lead principal investigator of his project Alex Huang, who is also an electrical and computer engineering professor and director of the Semiconductor Power Electronics Center in the Cockrell

“Our solution to solar energy storage not only reduces capital costs, but it also reduces the operation cost through its multifunctional capabilities,” Huang said.

The Department of Energy has awarded $3 million to the UT researchers to develop the system, only one of the nine projects who received from the total $20 million set by the government agency for early-stage solar power electronics technologies. This is part of its goal to cut in half the cost of electricity for a solar system by 2030. Researchers at UT will partner with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Toshiba International, Wolfspeed and Opal-RT, as well as Argonne National Lab.


Instead of Spinning, the Wings of these Wind Turbines are Flapping Another great German design and awesome technology that can generate energy from wind.

I have to confess, nothing gives me greater pleasure than spotting the graceful wind turbines on the landscape. They represent a clean sustainable future, one where we rely less on polluting coal and gas fired electricity. The truth is, graceful as they may be, the technology behind them is from the Middle Ages. They tend to hit their peak efficiency in near typhoon winds that relegate most towns to rubble, and their huge blades have been known to desiccate the

odd flock migratory birds! They do have their limitations. But, their enviro-friendly feel good credentials are undeniable, till now. The German company, Festo, has developed a twist on the conventional wind turbine. The DUAL WING GENERATOR, uses two wing surfaces, but rather than rotating like a conventional wind turbines they operate on a vertical plane horizontally opposed. Well,


that sounds like something only a German engineer understands. It simply means instead of spinning, the wings flap. Just like a bird! The vertical movement is transferred to rotary movement in mechanicals housed in a central tower. Why is this good you may ask? Well, firstly, you don’t need a near typhoon to run your toaster anymore. The system generates electricity in wind speeds as low as 9mph! So the system is far more efficient than conventional wind turbines. Looking at the prototype, it looks as though you can scale the size of the unit up or even batch them into walls of generators to take advantage of topography. Also, I can’t help think that the flat surface of the wing can also be used to house solar panels? All told, this is a very exciting development for mechanical power generation as the applications could be many and varied. It could spell the end of centralized power generation as we have come to know it. I can just imagine batches of these built into office towers to fulfill their power needs. I think The Dual Wing Generator has the potential to silence the naysayers, being ruthlessly efficient, rather than flutteringly romantic though. I may lament the loss of those graceful wind turbines sometime in the future, but what do I know. I’m not a migratory bird avoiding desiccation!


Using Only Salt and Water, This Battery Offers a Cheaper Option to Store Solar and Wind Energy Stanford researchers developed a prototype so far but claims it can be scaled up. Storing both solar and wind energy can be expensive nowadays, that is why researchers in the field of renewable energy search for the best alternatives that are cheap and scalable. Now, folks at Stanford University have discovered what is considered as a material, although small as of writing, that could change the way we store solar and wind energy in batteries. Yi Cui, a professor of materials science at Stanford and senior author on the paper, and Wei Chen, a postdoctoral scholar in Cui’s lab, developed a manganese-hydrogen battery that

is only three inches tall which can generate 20 milliwatt hours of electricity. While the prototype seems little a capacity for a battery, the researchers claim that they can take this technology up to an industrial-grade system that could charge and recharge up to 10,000 times or last more than a decade. “What we’ve done is thrown a special salt into water, dropped in an electrode, and created a reversible chemical reaction that stores electrons in the form of hydrogen gas,” Cui said. The salt, which is manganese sulfate, is a cheap, abundant industrial salt typically used


in making dry cell batteries, fertilizers, paper, and other products. Cui also mentioned that manganesehydrogen battery technology could be one of the missing pieces in the nation’s energy puzzle, which helps in storing unpredictable wind and solar energy. When it comes to capacity, the technology would be able to store enough electricity to power a 100 watt lightbulb for twelve hours given the battery’s expected lifespan. “We believe this prototype technology will be able to meet Department of Energy (DOE) goals for utility-scale electrical storage practical,” Cui added.

The researchers believe that the water-based battery, once scaled up, could meet the battery recommendations of the Department of Energy for grid-scale storage, which are the following: it should store and then discharge at least 20 kilowatts of power over a period of an hour, be capable of at least 5,000 recharges, and have a useful lifespan of 10 years or more. As of writing, the manganese-hydrogen battery is yet to be tested under actual electric grid storage conditions.


India Increases Its 2022 Renewable Energy Target By 28% They have increased their goal to 227 gigawatts! A few years ago, India has set a target of 175 gigawatts of wind and solar energy by March 2022. While a few believed that this was a practical target, India has advanced and impressed the world. Now, they have increased their goal to 227 gigawatts!

Once India has reached its new goal, it will only be behind China and the US in terms of installed renewable energy capacity. This new goal is just in time as it is expected that renewable energy growth in China may contract this year due to lower subsidies.

In the past few years, India’s renewable energy prices have been high due to high finance costs. Now that those costs have gone down, renewable energy investments are now accelerating. “New opportunities have emerged — altogether a new business space has been created. Indian companies have begun to explore foreign stock exchanges as a source of funds. India is progressively becoming a most favored destination for investment in renewables.” The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) wrote in a recent statement to the media.

The Energy demand in India is continuously growing and renewable energy is allowing this demand to be met at the best price possible. Unfortunately, India is still continuing to add thermal (fossil fuel) power each year, but on the brighter side its utilization is decreasing.

Global prices for renewable energy have also continued to decrease. RK Singh, the Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy, recently said at a press conference, “India’s current renewable-based power capacity stands at 70 Gw, and we will cross the 175-Gw target well before 2022. We have new schemes like offshore wind, floating solar, which will help us over-achieve the current target.”

The Indian government is doing their best to ensure renewable energy is integrated into the national grid and curtailments are minimized. According to the ministry, “We have waived the Inter State Transmission System charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned by March 2022. This will encourage setting up of the projects in states that have greater resource potential and availability of suitable land.” To see developing countries take the lead with regard to installing renewable energy is truly incredible. Hopefully, more countries will follow in the footsteps of India. Soon we may expect to see more fossil fuel power plants across the world stranded.


Solar Power Arriving in Dubai’s Leading Dry Ice and Industrial Gas Producer Yellow Door Energy and Arabian Industrial Gases have signed a 20-year lease to provide solar power for Arabian Industrial Gases’ manufacturing facility in Dubai Investments Park, Dubai. This is Yellow Door Energy’s 10th solar lease in Dubai under the Shams Dubai net metering scheme. “As a world-class Industrial & Medical Gas company operating across 12 countries with a strong presence across the GCC, our decision to go solar at our Dubai based facility was driven by our desire to help build a sustainable environment within the communities in which we operate,” shared Sami Huneidi, General Manager of Arabian Industrial Gases, a subsidiary of the Gulf Cryo Group. “Yellow Door Energy’s solar lease provided us with the platform to address our sustainability goals, while reducing our utility bills in a competitive environment with rising costs. It was an easy decision to make.” As the solar lease provider, Yellow Door Energy will finance, design, build, operate and maintain the solar plant for the next 20 years, after which the plant belongs to Arabian Industrial Gases. The solar plant will generate

over 850 MWh of clean energy in its first year of operation, enough to power 40 Dubai homes for a year. Switching to solar power will also help Arabian Industrial Gases reduce CO2 emissions by almost 500 tons per year. Jeremy Crane, CEO and Co-founder of Yellow Door Energy, said, “We’re proud to be working with Arabian Industrial Gases and look forward to forging a close relationship with the team. We hope that other manufacturers will follow their lead in joining the solar transition.” The rooftop solar PV installation represents another important success under the Shams Dubai initiative, launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to encourage the adoption of solar energy generation in buildings and move the Emirate one step closer to achieving the Dubai 2050 Clean Energy Strategy. DEWA launched Shams Dubai to support the Smart Dubai initiative launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.


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.

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!

Highlight relevant experience This is the best way to sell yourself – talk during the job interview.

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Dubai Internet City, Dubai Science Park, Dubai Media City Bring Back Successful E-waste Collection Drive Following 2017’s electronic waste (e-waste) collection drive that saw nearly two tonnes of discarded electronics find new lease of life, Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Science Park (DSP) have joined forces once again to bring back the successful World Environment Day initiative this year. Teaming up with global ride-hailing service Uber and waste management company Averda for the second consecutive year to handle the collection and management functions of the drive on 20 and 21 June, the 2018 campaign has been extended to include Dubai Media City (DMC) and its partners. Under the initiative, members of the business communities can have their e-waste – including items such as monitors, laptops, printers, cameras, keyboards, PC hardware, and mobile phones – collected for recycling and refurbishment. The newly refurbished items will then be donated to charitable causes. The campaign aligns with the UAE’s ambition to achieve zero landfill waste by 2030. To participate, those within the communities can book an Uber through the mobile app to arrange a pick-up of their unwanted electronic goods. The collected items will be sent to 36

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Averda for waste management and recycling. According to the United Nations Environment Annual Report, 60 to 90 per cent of nonrecycled e-waste is illegally dumped in Asian and African countries. The UAE is one of the major electronics consumers in the region, with one UNsponsored project finding that the average resident generates 17.2 kilograms of e-waste every year, much of which contains harmful toxins, such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury. The campaign aims to address the country’s e-waste management problem through collecting and recycling retired devices in a bid to minimise the impact of high electronics consumption on the environment. The 2017 campaign garnered the support of His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, who stressed that the disposal of e-waste presents a great challenge in today’s rapidly changing world. He welcomed and encouraged private sector initiatives such as this one that support national efforts to achieve sustainability and reduce pollution in line with the UAE Vision 2021 and other government initiatives.


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EU Reinforces Position at The Forefront of Global Energy Transformation, Says IRENA Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has welcomed the European Union’s (EU) decision to increase its renewable energy target from 27 per cent to 32 per cent by 2030, highlighting that the move reinforces the EU’s position at the forefront of energy transformation and reflects the new economics of renewable energy. Responding to the announcement made by the European Commission today, Mr. Amin said: “The EU’s decision to increase its renewable energy target from 27 per cent to 32 per cent by 2030 is a move that consolidates Europe’s position at the forefront of the global energy transformation, and establishes a positive decarbonisation pathway in line with its commitments under the Paris Agreement. “It is also recognition that the new economics of renewable energy have propelled it to the forefront of energy policy and investment decision making as governments around the world look to address long-term climate and economic 38

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agendas. Our renewable energy roadmap analysis, delivered to the European Commission earlier this year, identified that higher shares of renewable energy in the EU were cost-effective and would have a net positive economic impact. “This ambitious and achievable new strategy will drive significant additional investment activity, creating thousands of new skilled jobs and improving health and wellbeing whilst decarbonising the European energy system. We welcome the decision and believe it can act as a source of encouragement to global policymakers, and as a clear reminder of the centrality of renewable energy to both economic prosperity and climate stability.” In February, IRENA presented a report entitled ‘Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union’ – at the request of the European Commission, outling the EU’s cost effective potential to increase its share of renewables to 34 per cent by 2030 with a net positive economic impact.


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Empower Wins the Opportunity to Host the 8th IDEA Conference in Dubai Emirates Central Cooling Systems Corporation (Empower), the world’s largest district cooling services provider, won the opportunity to host the 8th International District Cooling Conference (IDEA) 2018. The conference will be held from 9 to 11 December 2018, at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, under the slogan ‘Effective Energy for Smarter Cities’. Ahmed Bin Shafar, CEO of Empower, announced that Empower will host the Conference and Tradeshow for the third time, after hosting it in 2014 and 2016. The announcement was made recently during the 109th International District Energy Association (IDEA) Annual Conference & Tradeshow 2018, in Vancouver, Canada. “Our achievements were recognised by hosting this global conference in Dubai. Choosing Dubai as a venue for a conference of this magnitude is a clear indication of the global confidence in Empower’s position in district cooling industry. We are proud to be the largest district cooling services provider in the world. Dubai is creating a sustainable future for its citizens and residents and is developing a fertile environment for business management based on energy efficiency. This conference will achieve long-term success through the participation of international delegations from different sectors,” said Bin Shafar. “Dubai has a leading global position. Hosting this conference reflects its ability and the confidence in its district cooling industry. This supports the directives of our wise leadership, as well as the Dubai Plan 2021, which focuses on building a smart and sustainable city that will keep pace with modern life and promote prosperity in the future,” added Bin Shafar.

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Bin Shafar highlighted that the conference will focus on the strategy of energy efficiency and sustainable urban growth, storage of thermal energy and response to renewable energy demand, wastewater treatment and major solutions in the disposal of effluents. It will also discuss customer service strategy and support for more efficient use, planning for buildings equipped with district cooling systems, a strategy for integrating renewable energy sources, project finance and financial planning, in addition to public and private sector financial management. IDEA Conference is a platform for experts in the district cooling, energy conservation and renewable energy, from around the world. The


Source: Emirates News Agency conference will include seminars, workshops, public meetings, and an awards ceremony. A tradeshow will take place on the sidelines of the conference. It will include the latest technologies and solutions in district cooling, consumption and conservation. During the conference, Empower will offer a field trip to its district cooling plants in Palm Jumeirah. The IDEA conference will attract participations of world-class experts and professionals in the energy and district cooling industry. It will also serve as a platform to exchange expertise and experiences. The sessions of the three-day event will focus on developing best ways of district cooling technologies and solutions in

MENA and other developing countries via the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) where Empower is playing an instrumental role in its implementation of the Global District Energy in Cities initiative. Empower currently operates over 1.34 Million RT, providing environmentally responsible district cooling services to large-scale real estate developments, such as Jumeirah Group, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai International Financial Centre, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah, Discovery Gardens, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Design District and International Media Production Zone, among others. Renewable Green Leaders • July 2018

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Can’t Land an Engineering Job? Stop Doing These Job Search Mistakes Get a grip! Lose all these lousy job search habits and claim that dream job. There are just engineers who are so reckless during their job search. Some do not care about polishing their resumes, going to the job interview without rehearsing, and whatever that doesn’t require any effort. The important thing to them is just get a damn job. That’s it. What they do not realize is the weight of what they’re doing before and during applying. Even the smallest mistakes can break your job applications, in case you don’t know.

for you. You can ask around your connections if companies have available positions. Lying in job applications. Engineering companies now are more careful and stringent in hiring new people. They utilize the power of the Internet to verify facts especially on your resume. Save yourself from further embarrassment by being honest in your resume.

Engineering job applicants need to be wary of these most painful job search mistakes. I hope that once you’ve been enlightened by these, you won’t make such mistakes again.

Failing to follow up. You have to know how your application is going. Unless the company said, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you” then follow that. But if there’s no mention, always check on the status of your application.

Typos on the resume. Before you print that resume, have it checked by someone else for errors. Then check it again by yourself. It sets an impression of unprofessionalism that you can’t look over that tiny resume mistake.

Being unprofessional. If you’re one with an e-mail address from 2009 that is most likely to be ridiculous, change that. Sanitize your social networking profiles as well. Engineering companies now are extra sneaky!

Relaxing on job applications. You need to find the job, engineer. The job won’t come to you. Stop relying on job postings and look for the unadvertised ones. The odds are they are the best finds because you don’t have much competition. Be proactive in finding the best job

Going into the interview late and unprepared. This isn’t what the company wants from an engineer: tardy and dangerously spontaneous. Always come to any job interview before calltime and with poise. It pays to rehearse a job interview.


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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.


experiences outside of academics that matter to them: Internships, jobs, volunteering, and extracurricular activities. “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?

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. Now the question begs: what do employers want? According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, it is not your college GPA but

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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Samsung Electronics to Expand Use of Renewable Energy

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced its commitment to build on its strong progress of energy efficiency and operational emissions reductions to expand the use of renewable energy in its operations. Samsung Electronics’ renewable energy goals are part of its ongoing efforts to demonstrate its commitment to environmental responsibility. Samsung Electronics is making a concerted effort in the United States, Europe and China – markets that are well-equipped with infrastructure for the development and transmission of renewable energy – to increase its use of renewable energy. As part of this effort, Samsung plans to source renewable energy for 100% of the energy used for all of its factories, office buildings, and operational facilities in the United States, Europe and China by 2020. In the medium to long-term, the company will seek to further increase its use of renewable energy around the world. 46

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In line with this commitment, Samsung Electronics has joined the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF’s) Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles and the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Business Renewables Center. In Korea, Samsung Electronics fully supports the government’s national strategic plan to increase the country’s renewable energy use by 20% by 2030. Beginning this year, as an initial commitment, Samsung will additionally install approximately 42,000m2 of solar panels in Samsung Digital City, its headquarters in Suwon. The company will continue to add approximately 21,000m2 of solar arrays and geothermal power generation facilities beginning 2019 in its Pyeongtaek campus and 2020 in its Hwaseong campus. With these efforts in place, Samsung Electronics is positioned to increase its use of renewable energy globally to match the equivalent amount of energy created by an average 3.1GW solar power

plant by 2020. This amount of electricity is comparable to the annual energy consumption of about 115,000 four-person Korean households. As part of its extended strategy, Samsung Electronics will also engage its partners across the supply chain. Beginning next year, Samsung plans to work with its top 100 partner companies to help them set their own renewable energy targets, in partnership with the Carbon Disclosure Project Supply Chain Program, which the company intends to join next year. “Samsung Electronics is fulfilling its duty as a corporate citizen by expanding and supporting the use of renewable energy. As demonstrated by our expanded commitment, we are focused on protecting our planet and are doing our part as a global environmental steward.” said Won Kyong Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Public Affairs, Samsung Electronics. “We welcome Samsung Electronics’ declaration to expand the roll-out of renewable energy across its global sites,” said Jochem Verberne, Global Partnerships Director, WWF. “This is an important step and we look forward to working with Samsung on further measures to reduce the company’s climate impact across its value chains.”


DEWA Enhances Cooperation with MIT A delegation headed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the USA. The visit is part of DEWA’s efforts to partner with international research centres and review best practices and latest research in energy, water, Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart grids, and data science, among others.

The meetings discussed MIT’s latest developments in solar energy, photovoltaic and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems as a viable option in the renewable energy sector. Al Tayer also discussed challenges to the world’s food and water security, and adapting to the rapid changes in the Earth’s environment, scarcity of water and food supply around the world, data science, and information and decision systems.

Al Tayer was accompanied by Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, Marwan Bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future, and Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources at DEWA.

Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s efforts to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. This is done by building effective partnerships and exchanging best international practices with the finest research institutes. This includes energy management, automation, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, cloud computing, smart grids, and disruptive technologies to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

During his visit, Al Tayer met with a number of MIT’s academics and researchers including Professor Sanjay Sarma, Vice President for Open Learning; John Lienhard, Founding Director of Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Laboratory at MIT; Robert Armstrong, Director of MIT Energy Initiative (MITei) and Chevron Professor in Chemical Engineering at MIT; and Munther Dahleh, Director of the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS) at MIT.

Al Tayer and the accompanying delegation also visited the MIT Media Lab, which houses research groups in academic disciplines including technology, media, science, art and design, robotics, computing, and bioelectronics.

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What New Engineers Without Experience Should Write on Their Resumes

Here are some things you can do to improve your resume so you can present yourself well even if you lack work experience. So you’re ready to get your dream job, and you’re super excited to start writing that resume. There’s just one problem: You have zero work experience. Whether you’re shifting into a new career unrelated to your previous field, or a fresh grad with no internships to write on your resume, what can you do to look as qualified as possible? Here are some things you can do to improve your resume so you can present yourself well even if you lack experience. 48

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Add Relevant and Transferable Skills Many resumes begin with relevant work experience or for fresh graduates, education followed by relevant experience. If this is not your strong suit, write down your relevant skills. These are the skills you already have that you feel are suited for the job you are applying for.


Try to analyze the skills you have developed while in school doing academic projects. Are you a leader of an organization in your school? The head programmer in your team projects? Are you well known for being able to deliver a presentation well in class? Try writing all your skills down and summarize them at the beginning of your resume, or after the education section.

Academic Projects Every engineering student has experienced toiling over loads of projects. These are important and should definitely be included in your resume. If you have any other side projects that you’ve done outside school that you feel gave you the skills to perform the job you’re applying for well, then add them. You can present this well in your resume under a “Projects” section. Here, you will write about your project the same way you

would for work experiences. Examples of these could be volunteering at a local charity, event organizing, or even commissioned projects.

A Good and Specific Cover Letter What makes a good and specific cover letter? Its contents are brief, yet complete and gives you a strong presence in a positive way. Put all your writing skills into this one, have it read twice or thrice by people you trust. Find a way to connect your passions and life experiences with the company, then explain how this will keep you enthusiastically on your feet once you are hired. These are just a few tips to help you with your job hunting journey. Try to apply some of these tips if not all, then have a friend, family member or professor proofread it for you. I hope this helps. Goodluck! Renewable Green Leaders • July 2018

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Low Winds? New Turbines Still Rate High Efficiency

The future of wind power generation is bright especially in Finland. Other than storage of the wind energy, one of the main problems of wind power systems is efficiency. When there is no sufficient wind, the system cannot generate adequate power for the consumers to use. So how can this be improved? Researchers from VTT Research Center of Technology in Finland have a solution. By developing technology that enables higher towers and larger rotors, that is longer blades, than previous wind turbines, the efficiency becomes higher. This renewables breakthrough also allows fewer restrictions in the location of wind turbines. Before, they are often planted in open locations on the ground or in off-shore areas, but now they can be built in forested areas using the technology. One downside of this new-generation wind turbines is the significant increase in investment costs. However, the researchers claim that the benefits will also increase fivefold in terms of the potential offered compared to

the older technology. Using the demand in Finland as the benchmark, they said that the new system can cover the whole country’s electricity consumption at 86 TWh, while previous technology is only limited to around 16TWh. Research scientist Erkka Rinne of VTT said, “Sufficient wind power is available in Finland. Technology and land use restrictions affect the available wind power potential, i.e. annual energy production. “The key issue is to decide on the extent to which this potential is realized. In practice, wind power is intended to cover part of electricity consumption. Large-scale use of wind power will require new kinds of solutions throughout the electric power system.” Finland is among the top countries which rely heavily on renewables, particularly wind. Several investments are being made in wind power, which makes this new technology by the VTT even more exciting.


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