TAQA and LakeDiamond Partner on Laser-Based Wireless Power-Beaming Technology to Promote Clean Energy and Efficiency

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Published January 17th, 2019 - 09:51 GMT
LakeDiamond CEO Dr. Pascal Gallo and TAQA CEO Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri at the signing of the agreement at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi.
LakeDiamond CEO Dr. Pascal Gallo and TAQA CEO Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri at the signing of the agreement at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), a leading water and energy company with assets in 11 markets around the world, and LakeDiamond, a leader in the production of laboratory grown diamonds for high-tech industrial applications, have launched a partnership to reduce energy infrastructure costs and and facilitate sustainable, clean, and safe electricity distribution.

The agreement, signed at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi by TAQA CEO Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri and LakeDiamond CEO Dr. Pascal Gallo, aims to strengthen TAQA’s energy evacuation system and redundancy by leveraging LakeDiamond’s power-beaming technology and use of photovoltaic cells to make electricity more accessible across one of TAQA’s core markets and reduce energy costs.

Speaking on the launch of the partnership, LakeDiamond CEO Dr. Pascal Gallo commented, “Today’s announcement is a technological leap for the energy sector, and we look forward to collaborating with TAQA on this innovative initiative for the future of sustainable energy distribution.”

As part of the agreement, TAQA will add redundancy to its energy evacuation system in Morocco to deploy wirelessly transmitted energy using lasers that incorporate lab-grown diamonds to high-power solar panels. Lab-grown diamonds enable the laser beam to remain strong over long distances to power the solar panel’s photovoltaic cells. By using laser technology, LakeDiamond and TAQA will be able to transfer energy more efficiently rather than using more conventional and costly cable-based electricity transfer.

TAQA’s strategy for 2019 is to enhance efficiencies across both its power and water and oil and gas assets through the deployment of innovative technologies. The partnership with LakeDiamond exemplifies TAQA’s ambition to focus on sustainability and increase its stake in renewables. By 2030, the publicly listed company aims to have 10% of its assets be renewable energy.

At the launch, TAQA CEO Saeed Hamad Al Dhaheri remarked, “TAQA is committed to exploring the most cutting-edge technology to enhance efficiency and contribute to more sustainable energy sources. Our new partnership with LakeDiamond, starting in Morocco, will contribute to cost-savings and provide an important use case for laser technology that we could potentially replicate across other assets.”

LakeDiamond has successfully tested its power-beaming technology to power drones and is part of a support program of the Swiss Space Office to transmit power to satellites. LakeDiamond uses a process of chemical vapor deposition to grow its diamonds, an approach that ensures their unique purity and reproducibility.

Background Information

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) is a global energy company majority owned by the Abu Dhabi Government and listed on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

Its activities include oil and gas, power generation and water desalination across five continents. With operations in the UK, the Netherlands and North America, our oil and gas business includes exploration and production, storage and pipelines. It produces almost 137,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the North Sea and North America, as well as operating and developing extensive gas storage facilities in the Netherlands.

TAQA is the 6th largest independent power producer in the world. Its power plants are located in the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Ghana, India, and the United States. TAQA is the majority owner in the facilities that provide 98% of the water and electricity requirements in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Established in 2005, TAQA’s entrepreneurial culture has laid the foundations for long-term sustainable growth building on its commitment to people, safety and the environment.

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