Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is participating in the 11th World Future Energy Summit (WFES) as its Efficiency Sponsor. This is part of DEWA’s strategy to support local and global efforts to increase the use of renewable and clean energy, and its efforts to shape the future of energy. DEWA will highlight its latest and innovative renewable-energy projects and initiatives at the accompanying exhibition. WFES is organised by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), from 15-18 January.
“The UAE has established its leading position in the clean and renewable energy sector, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. This is the result of a foresighted vision that anticipates the future and prepares to export the last barrel of oil. This is done by implementing quality projects to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix. We are pleased to participate in the World Future Energy Summit to share our experiences and expertise, and highlight our innovative initiatives and efforts to develop disruptive technologies in renewable and clean energy. This is to keep up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and promote research and development to develop innovative and sustainable solutions and unify efforts to address the challenges facing the energy sector,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.
Al Tayer commended Masdar‘s efforts in organising WFES, which has become an important platform for exchanging expertise and highlighting the role of the UAE in the transition towards the energy of the future. “At WFES, DEWA will highlight its efforts to develop clean-energy projects and research and development in order to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and eventually provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050. One of DEWA’s key projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the largest single-site solar energy project in the world. It will produce 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED 50 billion. When completed, the solar park will reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually,” added Al Tayer.
At WFES 2018, DEWA is highlighting a number of its key projects and initiatives. These include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; Shams Dubai to connect solar power to buildings, Green Charger to build the infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations, and the 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station, which will use water stored in Hatta Dam. This is the first of its kind in the GCC. DEWA’s stand also included a model of its new headquarters, Al-Sheraa. Once its photovoltaic panels are installed, it will be the tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. DEWA will also review its smart services and initiatives that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, in addition to Rammas, DEWA’s virtual employee.
DEWA is also highlighting the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME), which was created through an agreement between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA, and the United States Department of Energy. Dubai will host the first two rounds of the Solar Decathlon, which is held for the first time in the Middle East and Africa. The first will be held in November 2018 at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and the second in 2020 to coincide with Expo Dubai. The total prizes are AED 20 million.
DEWA’s stand number 5110 in hall 5 also includes key projects of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. In cooperation with DEWA, Suqia’s R&D projects include reverse osmosis of seawater and a photovoltaic desalination plant, in addition to water purification using solar technology. DEWA’s stand also includes the Supreme Council of Energy and some of DEWA’s companies such as Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence (Dubai Carbon), Empower, Innogy International Middle East, Mai Dubai, and Etihad Energy Services Company(Etihad ESCO).