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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has approved an integrated solar roofing system made in India as part of its local initiative to make UAE sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
Uncle’s Shop Building Material Trading is one of Dubai’s oldest businesses. It was established by the Indian-origin Bhatia families in 1922. They claim that the product will allow for a new technology in solar energy.
ATUM is an integrated solar roofing system that serves all the functions of a traditional roof whilst generating energy. It is also an aesthetic roofing solution as it is integrated into a roofing cement panel. It can withstand above 200+ kilometre per hour and can withstand hail and snow.
Yash Bhatia, Director of Uncle’s Shop said that the company is happy to be a part of the local initiative to make the UAE sustainable and eco-friendly with new innovations and technologies in the solar industry.
ATUM generates 375W per unit and is a patented product. It is an extremely sleek 17 mm roof with a weight of 46 kg per unit and a guaranteed performance, Bhatia said.
It has been indigenously designed, developed and manufactured in India by its long-time business partner Visaka Industries Limited, a public listed company with its headquarters in Hyderabad. ATUM is certified by UL Labs in the USA.
With its long-lasting lifespan, ATUM is the smartest solar roofing solution of the lot. It costs the same as laying a traditional roof and having solar panels installed on top of them. It is also a hassle-free job as ATUM generates optimum power while utilising maximum space of the solar cell, said Bhatia.
Bhatia said that the first ATUM project was initiated with Sharjah Investment Authority for the construction of a new mosque at Khrofakkan beach. The project is fully operational now.