Investments at the R&D Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will hit $136m (AED500m) by 2020, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has said in a statement.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recently visited the research and development centre to witness its progress first-hand.
During the visit, Al Tayer was briefed on the progress of the R&D Centre by representatives from Stantec International, the consulting company responsible for design and construction of the centre.
A DEWA statement said: “The R&D Centre was launched in 2014, and focuses on four key operations - producing electricity using clean and solar energy, integration of smart grids, energy efficiency, and water.”
“The investment towards the Centre will reach the $136m (AED500m) by 2020. The infrastructure includes indoor laboratories, to study and test the reliability of systems, while outdoor laboratories conduct field tests and studies on mitigating the effects of dust on the performance of solar panels.
"This is part of DEWA’s efforts to promote the production of clean energy, and reduce operating costs,” the statement added.
The R&D centre aims to support Dubai’s ambitions as a hub for research and development in solar energy, smart grids, energy and water efficiency, and capacity building in these sectors to meet its sustainable development requirements.
DEWA has signed agreements with several national entities, institutions, and companies, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the US Department of Energy, and the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) in R&D, and the latest developments in the fields of energy, water and the environment.
DEWA is also collaborating with the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), and Khalifa University, in the field of joint research and studies in renewable energy.