HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, chairman of the Dubai Future Council on Energy, oversaw the fourth meeting of the committee at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Dubai Future Councils were launched as a futuristic platform dedicated to keeping abreast of global trends, prospecting the future and development of Dubai’s key sectors over the next 50 years.
During the meeting, Al Tayer and council members reviewed and approved the Dubai Future Council on Energy year 1 report.
The meeting included an overview on the R&D Centre and DEWA’s efforts in this field.
The facility will focus on four key operations: producing electricity from solar power, integration of smart grids, energy efficiency, and water.
The R&D Centre includes indoor labs to study and test system reliability and external field testing of new technologies and equipment, for example facilities to study PV modules performance or study and mitigate dust and soiling effects, and water desalination through PV RO.
DEWA is also using 3D-printing and additive manufacturing as innovative solutions for producing spare parts for DEWA’s generation, transmission, and distribution divisions, and support the digitisation of their inventories.