DOHA: Qatar Foundation (QF), the largest solar energy producer in the country, yesterday launched an Energy Monitoring Centre (EMC) to monitor solar power generation across all sites in Education City.
QF produces up to 85 percent of Qatar’s total solar energy and the centre is first of its kind in the region, officials told a press conference. The centre is developed by Green Gulf, in partnership with QF Capital Projects and ASTAD Project Management.
It will enable real time administration of all solar and power quality monitoring systems from a central location, aiding in their efficient operations and maintenance.
QF produces nearly 4MW and aims to increase it to 8MW, said Ibrahim Al Haidos, Project Manager, Solar Smart-Grid, QF.
The centre is part of the recently completed Solar Smart-Grid Project that added 1.68MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at various facilities within the QF campus.
It is also the first commercial PV project in Qatar to be granted approval for grid connection from Kahramaa.
The PV systems at QF generate 5,180MW hours of clean energy annually, resulting in saving around 2,590 tonnes of CO2 emissions, Al Haidos said in a presentation to explain solar energy production by QF.
The centre will also be connected to the Kahramaa Conservation and Efficiency Control Centre to showcase the amount of solar energy QF’s PV systems are feeding into the central power grid.
The centre is monitoring QF’s production of 3.3MW of clean energy generated by the expansion of the existing smart solar system to eight locations in Education City. It includes Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and four new solar car park shades.
The centre also integrates existing solar systems, including those at Qatar National Convention Centre, QF Student Housing Complex and Solar Testing Facility at Qatar Science and Technology Park.
It will allow visitors, students and researchers to view individual system output and technical grid data, while familiarising themselves with QF’s renewable energy initiatives. Meshal Al Shamari, Director, Qatar Green Building Council, Khalid Al Moftah, Sales and Marketing Director, QSTec, and Hussain Abdullah, Chief Development Officer, Green Gulf, attended the press conference.