AMEinfo.com Jan 5, 2011
[Dubai's] Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has launched the first 'green service station' in the Middle East at the Emirates Hills neighbourhood in Dubai. [See image below -- D.R.] Underscoring the commitment of the company to the sustainable development initiatives of the UAE, the new eco-friendly service station has a range of unique features all aimed at reducing the ecological footprint of the users.
Among the innovative green initiatives at the station are advanced technological devices to contain petrol fumes released at the pump, and a variety of other state-of-the-art systems, including solar-powered lighting [i.e. solar panels], a 'waterless' car-washing system, new waste segregation systems, and design upgrades to reduce noise pollution. ...
The station generates half of its energy requirements from renewable sources. The site uses Solar Powered Pole and LED lights, with a long life span of up to 50,000 hours and low voltage safe against electrical fire hazards. These lamps do not need to be replaced for up to 12 years. ...
Sustainable water features have also been installed to cut water consumption by a quarter. The new service station recycles car-wash water and also provides customers the option to use a waterless car wash system, which cleans car without using a single drop of water.
The waterless car wash concept saves water and prevents detergents from polluting the environment with its new 'No-Wet' technique, an all-in-one eco-friendly car wash liquid. Made from all natural ingredients, the product does not contain petroleum distillates, silicone, abrasives, harmful chemicals or detergents that pollute water. ...
Enoc's environmentally-friendly engine oils PROTEC Green for gasoline engines and VULCAN Green for diesel engines will be available. Both are designed to ensure longer life span for vehicles and lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
The green Very Low Sulfur Diesel (VLSD) will also be available at the service station. This innovative diesel contains 10 times less sulfur than the standard one, which means a cleaner engine for cars and a cleaner environment.
Other key environmentally-friendly products include Hiclone fuel-saving devices. When installed on the vehicle, Hiclone improves fuel economy and engine efficiency while helping decrease air and noise pollution. Hiclone can decrease carbon footprint by 60%, as it reduces incomplete combustion and harmful emissions. It can also enhance the towing efficiency, reduce fuel consumption by 20%, and add 10% to the car's power. Moreover, the uniform movement of the pistons minimizes engine noise and prevents abnormal abrasion. Read Full
(See a related video at http://www.ameinfo.com/252979.html -- D.R.)
Credit: Megan Hirons Mahon/Gulf News, here. Description: The brand new Enoc green service station in the Meadows. It recovers released vapour from petrol pumps and storage tanks and condenses it back to fuel.