24 May 2022

Red Sea tourism project powered by smart energy technology


Through smart energy technology, ABB will power Saudi Arabia’s biggest sustainable tourism scheme – ‘the Red Sea Project’. The project is one of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects spanning 28,000² km, and will bring together the natural world with first class personalised accommodation, across an archipelago of more than 90 islands.

To protect the area’s outstanding natural beauty, the Red Sea Project is committed to environmental sustainability. This includes the regulation of fisheries, removal of invasive species, the creation of conservation zones and the expansion of green and blue habitats to encourage regeneration and carbon sequestration, as well as sympathetic and innovative construction methods.

ABB has started work with The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) to supply power systems and digital solutions that will enable the resort to run on 100 percent renewable energy when it opens to the public in 2030. The installation includes 10 System pro E power Low Voltage synchronisation panels, rated 2500 up to 6300 Amps, which will generate 36MW power out of the 69 generators that will be installed at the Red Sea site.

This use of smart low voltage synchronisation panels will be supported by ABB Ability Energy and Asset Manager, a state-of-the-art cloud solution that integrates energy and asset management in a single intuitive dashboard. This integrated digital solution will provide the resort’s facilities team with total visibility on how their assets and the electrical system is performing. Using this real time operational data and analytics will provide insights to make informed decisions that will optimise performance and reduce operating costs. By monitoring data and taking corrective actions, the solution can reduce unplanned downtime to ensure continuous power supply and save up to 45% on operating expenses.

“With its outstanding performance, modularity and compact design, ABB’s System Pro-E power technology is a perfect solution for this high-profile scheme. Our ABB Ability digital solution will provide real time visibility of the system’s performance, which will help to minimise cost and risk while maximising performance and safety across the entire operation”, said ABB’s Product Marketing Director for Smart Power, Ahmed Waheedeldin. He added: “We are delighted that ABB has been selected as a trusted partner for this truly innovative project, which will help set new standards for the digitalisation of sustainable power when it opens in 2030.”

Company info: ABB GB