Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA) has purchased Clean Energy Certificates for 1.1 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity supplied by Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC), supporting EGA’s production of CelestiAL solar aluminum.
The certificates track the use of solar power from Noor Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s largest single-site solar power plants. Noor Abu Dhabi is located at Sweihan, with 3.2 million solar panels generating approximately one gigawatt of electricity.
The transaction is the largest acquisition to date of Clean Energy Certificates that track the use of solar power in Abu Dhabi and will certify EGA’s production of around 80,000 tons of CelestiAL. The volume of CelestiAL EGA produces each year depends on solar power imports from the electricity grid.
The generation of the electricity required for aluminum production accounts for approximately 60 percent of the global aluminum industry’s greenhouse gas emissions. The use of solar power by EGA significantly reduces these emissions in line with the UAE’s Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.
“This agreement provides EGA with a new source of certified solar power for the production of our CelestiAL solar aluminum. I thank EWEC for its partnership and leadership in developing solar power in Abu Dhabi. The launch of CelestiAL solar aluminum last year was a landmark for EGA and our industry. CelestiAL and other low carbon metal is key to our sustainable future, both for our company and our world.”
Mr. Othman Al Ali, CEO of EWEC, said that “EWEC is actively pursuing an ambitious energy transition plan, developing record-size solar power generation capacities to serve our current and future partners. We are proud of our strategic partnership with EGA to support the decarbonization of their industry in line with the UAE Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative objectives. We look forward to our continued collaboration with EGA and together playing a key role in the realization of the UAE’s economic and sustainability agenda.”
Clean Energy Certificates are issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy and conform to International Renewable Energy Certificate standards and best practices.
EGA currently exchanges limited amounts of power with the grid to optimize power generation efficiency. Earlier in 2022, EGA announced a strategic initiative with TAQA, Dubal Holding and EWEC to divest its natural gas-fired power assets and instead source all its electricity from the grid, including an increasing proportion of clean energy.
The initiative would unlock significant further development of solar power within EWEC’s fleet, allowing power asset and grid optimizations, and enabling EGA to vastly increase its import of solar power and, therefore, production of CelestiAL.