Trainees of the Workforce Development Program (WFDP), a joint initiative of ACWA Power and Obeikan Company in cooperation with the Higher Institute for Water and Power Technologies (HIWPT), demonstrated their accomplishments through the hands-on construction of a water fountain powered by the solar carport project, which is located on the facade of the campus in Rabigh.
The project was officially launched by Engr. Tariq AlShamrani, HIWPT Executive Managing Director, on March 10, 2022, in the presence of the trainees’ sponsors, NOMAC and Larsen & Turbo, as well as invited guests under the umbrella of WFDP.
Engr. AlShamrani praised the WFDP trainees for successfully completing the project under the guidance of Mr. Abdulmajeed Azouz, Training Manager of HIWPT, and his team. He also conveyed his gratitude to the WFDP sponsorship partners for their commitment to supporting the development of Saudi talent’s abilities through training leading to employment.
The trainees did such a great job of developing a new project, and they put in the extra time and applied the technical knowledge they gained from their academic and practical exercises, yet it did really pay off, and they presented an ambitious and attainable set of goals.
This energy-efficient, eco-friendly, and low-cost water fountain is powered by solar panels and illuminated by beautiful electrical lights at night. The PV solar panels are installed separately in the parking lot and function as a solar carport system, providing electricity to run the fountain at all times of the day and night.
The solar carport built by WFDP trainees in the parking area could generate a total electrical capacity of 10 kW, which was divided into two inverters of 5 kW each. The water fountain is powered by one inverter, while the electrical workshop receives power from the other 5 kW inverter.
In the long run, a solar-powered water fountain is a sustainable outdoor water feature that conserves water and reduces energy costs for its operation, supported by the solar carport system in the parking area.
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