Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced the launch of its new research and development centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
DEWA’s R&D Centre, the only facility in the UAE that focuses on renewable energy, smart grid technologies and energy efficiency, was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The 4,400-sq-m research facility, which employs around 70 per cent Emiratis, recently received a Platinum Rating for green buildings from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Leed) of the US Green Building Council.
Sheikh Mohammed later visited the various sections and labs of the R&D Centre along with Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council and Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State.
Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Al Tayer about the R&D Centre’s areas of work. The centre has various internal and outdoor labs to study the performance and reliability of PV panels.
Key internal labs include the Electrical Characterisation Lab, the Mechanical Characterisation Lab, the Materials Characterisation Lab, the Solar Simulator Lab, and the Accelerated Aging Lab. The outdoor labs include testing different solar panel technologies and performance, as well as a safe zone for testing drones.
Sheikh Mohammed also met a number of the R&D Centre’s researchers and experts. The centre was granted one patent, with five more under process.
“The wise leadership attaches great importance to R&D,” remarked Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa in the presence of senior officials from both the public and private sectors.
“At DEWA, we work in line with the vision and directives of Sheikh Mohammed, who once observed, ‘We are seeking to make the UAE an efficient and influential part of the international academic and research community.’ We are committed to anticipating and shaping the future of energy and water,” he added.