DEWA’s Al Tayer inspects Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park R&D Centre

DUBAI, 16th September, 2018 (WAM) — Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has visited the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The visit is one of a series of field visits by Al Tayer to evaluate the progress of projects undertaken by the authority.

During the visit, the DEWA CEO inspected the Centre’s building and facilities. It focuses on four key operations, including generating electricity from solar power and other clean energy technologies; the integration of smart grids; energy efficiency, and water. The research centre’s infrastructure includes projects and programmes that consist of internal labs to study and test system reliability, along with external field testing of new technologies and equipment. This includes studying the performance and reliability of solar photovoltaic panels and removing dust from them.

Al Tayer reviewed the work undertaken by the centre’s labs, which use the best international practices in research and development. DEWA is also using 3D-printing and additive manufacturing as innovative solutions for its internal printing operations to create spare parts for DEWA’s generation, transmission, and distribution divisions. This works to shorten procurement times and reduce costs, prolong the life of equipment and promote innovation at DEWA.

The Research and Development Centre is a two-storey building covering over 4,400 square metres. Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Panels are installed on the rooftop and outer walls of the Centre to generate electricity from clean solar power. It also includes various labs and workshops, such as a solar-radiation-simulation lab, an electronics lab, a mechanical lab, and a chemical lab.

DEWA has signed agreements with several national entities, institutions, and companies, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the US Department of Energy, and the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre in Research and Development, to share the latest developments in power, water and the environment. DEWA is also collaborating with the United Arab Emirates University and Khalifa University on joint research and studies in renewable and alternative energy.

The Research and Development Centre includes DEWA’s lab, which was built using 3D printing technology. The lab is the first building in the UAE to be fully-printed onsite, and the first such 3D-printed laboratory building in the world.

WAM/Esraa Ismail


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