Dubai bus shelters to use solar power for cooling

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By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter  www.gulfnews.com

Dubai: Trials are underway to use solar energy to power and cool about 100 bus shelters after more than 160 air-conditioned shelters were left without power.

     Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News     Commuters wait outside a bus shelter on Al Diyafah street as the air conditioning in the shelter stopped working.
Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News Commuters wait outside a bus shelter on Al Diyafah street as the air conditioning in the shelter stopped working.

The trials will also look into changing the current design of the stands to allow air circulation, should cooling fail, according to officials from Right Angle Media, the authorised operator of bus shelters in the city.

A lack of power supply is the major cause behind non-operational shelters according to the firm.

Right Angle was contracted by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to operate the 650 air-conditioned bus shelters. The RTA  insists that non-working AC will be fixed immediately and complaints will be dealt with promptly.

“We have a system in place through which the maintenance team is alerted immediately if there are complaints and the ACs are fixed immediately. If there are power supply issues than it takes time. We are working to get power supply to all shelters,” said Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency. More info