UBIFRANCE is organising a French pavilion at the Middle East Electricity exhibition to be held in Dubai from 8-10 February 2011. This 450 m² pavilion will include 29 exhibitors who will be coming along to present their technology and innovations to visitors from the world over. As a showcase electricity exhibition in the Middle East, MEE is a key event for French companies, and UBIFRANCE will be participating in the 2011 edition for the 12th year running. Clear proof of the constant interest shown by French companies keen to boost their presence in the Gulf.
According to the GIMELEC, (French group of 230 companies that provide electrical and automated control solutions to the energy, building, industry and infrastructure markets), companies in this sector have enjoyed an average annual growth rate of +6% over the last five years. They are currently focusing on a number of promising themes for the future, such as energy performance (for buildings and data centres, etc), new energy technology and renewable energy, smart management solutions and network interconnection (i.e.: Smart Grid).
The demand for electricity in the Gulf states is increasing at a pace of 7 to 10% per year (compared to an average of 3% elsewhere in the world). In the United Arab Emirates, the installation of additional capacity is vital in order to keep pace with the major electrical generation requirements related to industrial and real estate growth. At a federal level, the installed capacity should increase by almost 60% in 2011. Considerable investments are being made to build co-generation plants (€4.2 billion by 2011 for the emirate of Dubai alone). Furthermore, the four independent networks (ADWEA, DEWA, SEWA and FEWA) have been interconnected since 2007 and the United Arab Emirates will also be connected in the medium term with the countries of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).
From equipment (batteries, energy converters, measurement and regulation instruments, transformers, and inverters) to components (cables, conductors and protective equipment), the areas covered by the French exhibitors are many and varied. As an example, SERGI France will be presenting the Transformer Protector, designed to protect companies from transformer fires. Apart from the protection of equipment and buildings, the TP is able to quickly repair internal damage to the Transformer and to reduce downtime for the plant while also protecting the environment. For its part, SOCOMEC makes use of the latest technology to produce high-performance inverters, rectifiers and static transfer systems. Feel free to drop in at the French pavilion (in Hall 8) to meet them!