Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), through its stands at the 24th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and Dubai Solar Show (DSS), showcases its most prominent services and pioneering projects based on the latest technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies.
DEWA will also showcase the global achievements that have made it one of the most distinguished utilities worldwide. DEWA is organising the exhibition under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, from 27 to 29 September 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Halls 1 to 8, Arena 1 and 2, Sheikh Saeed Halls 1, 2 and 3. The exhibition is held under the theme “At the Forefront of Sustainability”, with the participation of 1,750 companies from 55 countries. The exhibition includes 20 international pavilions and spreads over an area of 62,513 square metres.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, Founder and Chairman of WETEX and DSS, highlighted the exhibition’s global position as the largest exhibition for water, energy, sustainability and innovation technologies in the region and one of the largest specialised exhibitions in the world, makes it an ideal platform to demonstrate the efforts of the UAE and Dubai in the field of energy, water, environment, sustainability, green economy and smart cities. The exhibition also provides a significant opportunity to learn about the latest innovations and technologies in these areas, market needs and future projects, communicate with decision-makers, and explore opportunities to participate in renewable and clean energy projects and programmes in the UAE and the region at large.
The key projects and initiatives showcased by DEWA at its stands at Sheikh Saeed Hall 1, and Halls 1,3, and 8 and Arena 1 include:
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer model with a planned production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030. DEWA is currently implementing the 4th and 5th phases of the solar park. The current production capacity of the solar park is 1,727 MW using photovoltaic solar panels. DEWA is implementing other projects in the solar park with a total of 1,133 MW using photovoltaic solar panels and concentrated solar power technologies. This raises the clean energy share in Dubai’s energy mix to 12.1% and is expected to reach 14% by the end of this year.
The 5th phase is currently underway with a total capacity of 900 MW and investments estimated at AED 2.58 billion. It will be operated in phases until 2023. The 4th phase of the solar park, with a capacity of 950 MW and investments amounting to AED 15.78 billion according to the IPP model, is considered the largest concentrated single-site solar power plant that combines CSP and solar photovoltaic technologies. This phase will use three hybrid technologies: 600MW from a parabolic basin complex (three units of 200MW each), 100MW from the world’s tallest solar power tower at 262.44 metres (based on Molten Salt technology), and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels. On its completion, the project will have the largest thermal storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, allowing for energy availability round the clock. The 4th phase will provide clean energy for around 320,000 residences and reduce 1.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year.
DEWA’s Space-D programme
DEWA’s space programme (Space-D) aims to improve the operations, maintenance, and planning of its networks with the support of nanosatellite technology, Internet of Things (IoT), and remote sensing technologies. The programme also aims to train Emirati professionals to use space technologies to enhance its electricity and water networks and take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as IoT, AI, and blockchain to exchange information with the help of satellite communications and earth observation technologies. In January 2022, DEWA launched DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite in collaboration with NanoAvionics, becoming the world’s first utility to use nanosatellites to improve the maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks. The nanosatellite was designed and developed at DEWA’s Research and Development (R&D) Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Green Hydrogen project
DEWA is implementing the green hydrogen project in cooperation with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It is a key project in supporting the UAE’s efforts to achieve global competitiveness in the green hydrogen market. Implementing the project, which is the first of its kind in the MENA to produce hydrogen using solar energy at the Solar Park and contributes to achieving competitive prices in producing green hydrogen. The production of green hydrogen is mainly carried out through electrolysis using renewable energy sources.
Hydroelectric power plant in Hatta
The production capacity of the pumped-storage hydroelectric power station plant in Hatta is set to reach 250 megawatts (MW) with a storage capacity of 1,500 megawatt-hours and a lifespan of up to 80 years. This is the first of its kind in the Gulf region, with investments of around AED 1.421 billion. Turbines operated by the speed of the waterfall from an upper reservoir through a 1,200-meter water tunnel will be used to generate electricity, with high power generation and storage efficiency of up to 78.9% and with a 90-second response to demand for electricity.
Aquifer Storage and Recovery system
The full scale of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project can store up to 6,000 million imperial gallons of water once completed by 2025. This makes it the largest ASR of its kind in the world to store potable water and retrieve it in case of an emergency. This will secure the Emirate with an additional source of potable water strategic reserve of 50MIGD for 90 days in emergencies, while ensuring the quality of the stored water.
SWRO desalination plant
The Sea Water Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant, implemented by DEWA at Jebel Ali Power Plant and Desalination Complex, has a production capacity of 40 MIGD and investments worth AED 897 million.
Green Charger initiative
DEWA launched the ‘Green Charger’ initiative in 2015, to promote green and sustainable mobility in Dubai and support the Smart Dubai initiative. At the time, the initiative provided the first public infrastructure for charging electric vehicles in the region. The initiative includes more than 336 charging stations distributed across Dubai to ensure a smooth and fast experience based on the latest smart and innovative technologies.
DEWA’s Innovation Centre is a platform for innovations in clean energy technologies that promotes a sustainable energy future in Dubai and abroad. The Centre is an inspiring and educational landmark that attracts tourists and visitors from different age groups, including students, families and individuals. It also attracts businesses and specialists. The Centre offers an orientation tour to introduce its visitors to its key technologies in renewable and clean energy.
Augmented Reality for Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
A smart system that helps DEWA’s field engineers view the locations and features of assets in 3D for planning, analysis and reporting. The system is equipped with tools for visual and audio communication with the technical support desk, tools for measuring dimensions, and operating instructions for the equipment.
Future Signals Catalogue
A digital platform to enable DEWA’s employees to learn about future signals. A signal can be a new product, a new practice, or a new technology that has the potential to develop and grow in the future. This platform analyses and evaluates future signals with the possibility of turning them into initiatives that shape this future.
Big Data and Analytics platform
An innovative platform that has been implemented at DEWA, combines big data, AI and advanced analytics capabilities. The platform is suitable for complex analytics applications that require massive data ingestion and processing. The combination of the diagnostic and descriptive analytics solutions, created as part of this initiative help business users make key informed decisions. This contributes to improving operations and asset management, thus enriching the experience of customers and stakeholders and ensuring their happiness.
Distribution Equipment Auto Performance Assessment
Automatically assessing equipment performance, gathering data and processing them to facilitate operations, save time, and enhance the decision-making process for new procurements. This is in addition to applying the best standards for maintenance to improve the accountability of the distribution network.
DEWA Smart Power Plant
DEWA’s Smart Power Plant (SPP) System was developed using the OSI PI Application as a centralised plant information system for Generation Division Power Station’s plant data by connecting D, E, G, K, L1, L2, H, M, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the hydroelectric power plant, water stations that use SCADA, to broadcast 24X7 Real-time Plant Process data in graphical representation through dashboards, reports and screens.
Anomaly detection in EMVS energy meter reading using AI
Energy Metering and Validation System (EMVS) is an automated meter reading system that works as a central data collection system for remote energy meters in all DEWA Transmission Power substations, Generation Stations, and IPPs.
The ‘Smart Living’ initiative enables customers to understand, monitor and manage their consumption in real-time through the Smart Living dashboard, which includes several features, including comparing consumption with similar homes with the ‘My Sustainable Living Programme’ Self-Assessment Tool, exclusive offers at DEWA Store, Away Mode service, call-back feature, auto-scheduling, in addition to the High-Water Usage Alert.
DEWA’s virtual employee uses AI to serve customers and respond to their enquiries in Arabic and English round the clock. Rammas can learn and understand the needs of customers based on their enquiries. Rammas analyses these enquiries based on the available data and information, and responds to them accordingly.
The Soqoor programme aims to evaluate the performance of consultants and contractors based on two main criteria: service requests and field operations. The Soqoor Award is presented to consultants and contractors who achieve the best performance results in various categories of projects.
The Smart Grid
In 2014, DEWA launched a state-of-the-art SCADA system based on a real-time monitoring and control system. The Smart Water Network project integrates the advanced Water SCADA system; hydraulic model of water distribution network; round-the-clock hydraulic water transmission model; i-Service smart services with advanced infrastructure for smart meters, and AI.
DEWA’s smart app
DEWA’s smart app provides customers with a unified and seamless experience, by providing integrated digital services and smart features to enrich the customer experience and facilitate their access to its digital services.
Noor and Hayat
The two characters of DEWA represent electricity and water, and their mission is to raise children’s awareness of how to reduce waste and preserve the environment.
DEWA’s subsidiaries’ projects
DEWA’s stands also allocate ample space for presenting the projects and initiatives of DEWA’s subsidiaries, including ‘Digital DEWA’, the digital arm of DEWA, which aims to reshape the concept of a utility and create a new digital future for Dubai. DEWA will also highlight the projects of Data Hub Integrated Solutions (Moro), wholly owned by the DEWA; Infra X, one of DEWA’s subsidiaries within Digital DEWA, and Digital X, a subsidiary of Digital DEWA; and Mai Dubai, the bottled drinking water company wholly owned by DEWA and the second largest brand of bottled water in the UAE.