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Photos: Expo 2020 Dubai gets stunning 'fuel station of the future'

Photos: Shihab

Published on February 22, 2021 at 16.06

The service station’s design is inspired by the UAE’s national tree, the ghaf.

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A 'fuel station of the future' has opened at the Expo 2020 site. ENOC Group's innovatively designed service station will support the logistical needs of Expo 2020’s fleet ahead of the global event.
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It will serve the general public at District 2020, the smart human-centric community and curated innovation system that will become Expo’s physical legacy after it ends on March 31, 2022.
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The service station’s design is inspired by the rich heritage of the UAE’s traditions in the form of its national tree, the ghaf. It is also the first station in the region to incorporate an on-grid wind turbine for power generation and carbon fibre in the construction of its canopy. (Supplied photo)
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More than 43,000m2/37 tonnes of carbon fibre – a light, eco-friendly material that is three times stronger and five times lighter than steel – has been used to build the 133 multi-layer canopy frame.
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283 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed to generate 143 MWh of solar power every year, and a 25-metre wind turbine will generate 12.7 MWh of wind energy annually.
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The frame structure houses a clear, innovative leaf-shaped ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) cushion canopy, which is 100 per cent UV ray-protected and corrosion-proof, and illuminated with more than 3,800 LED light modules. The nine tree designs that support the station were built from another 22,500m2 of carbon fibre.
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Vehicle mapping surface lighting is deployed to mark traffic flow to direct vehicles to the fuelling area, as well as entry and exits to the station. Occupation sensors and signals at fuelling positions will also manage traffic flow, redirecting vehicles to empty spaces at dispensers. Digital signage in the station consists of 12 million LED chips to illuminate the digital screens onsite. (Supplied photo)
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Other prominent features include electric-vehicle chargers and multi-media interactive advanced dispensers. Pictured: Zaid Alqufaid, Managing Director, retail.
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The service station is the world's first to to obtain a LEED platinum certification. The internationally recognised building certification system from the US Green Building Council verifies that designs and buildings have been built considering factors that improve performance based on metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions, etc.
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