His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, said that Dubai is making rapid strides in achieving the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to strengthen its green economy and enhance sustainable development as per international best practices in clean and renewable energy adoption. His Highness said that Dubai has achieved considerable success in developing alternative energy solutions that support the emirate’s comprehensive development. Dubai continues to implement mega projects that have made the emirate a global leader in this field, he noted.
His Highness further said: “The positive returns from our massive investments in renewable energy production have encouraged us to continue strengthening our capabilities in this domain. Our aim is to establish Dubai as a global model for reducing carbon emissions and implementing clean energy projects. To build a more sustainable future, we need to be aware of the importance of conserving resources, rationalising consumption and adopting green solutions to preserve the environment for future generations.”
HH Sheikh Hamdan’s comments came during his visit to the 21st Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2019) organised by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum . The event, being held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance, and President of DEWA, from 21-23 October, features 2,350 exhibitors from 55 countries.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed was welcomed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Founder and Chairman of WETEX and a number of DEWA officials. He toured the DEWA platforms in addition to visiting the stands of several international companies participating in the exhibition.
Al Tayer briefed His Highness on several DEWA projects, notably the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, with investments of AED 50 billion. When completed, the solar park will reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually, and will provide thousands of jobs in clean energy and the green economy. Al Tayer explained that completed projects in the solar park are rated for 713MW, and the total capacity of the five phases announced so far will be 2,863MW, rising to 5,000MW by 2030. Of this, 4,000MW will come from photovoltaic technology and 1,000 MW from concentrated solar power (CSP). The IPP model has contributed to lowering the costs of solar power projects on five separate occasions. Achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 requires a capacity of 42,000 megawatts of clean and renewable energy by 2050.
His Highness was briefed about the Green Hydrogen project implemented by DEWA in cooperation with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens, the first project of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. The initiative, which is considered a model for strategic public-private partnerships, will contribute to the development of a green economy in the UAE and explore the potential for green hydrogen production.
HH Sheikh Hamdan also learned about the system specifications of the Digital Twin Gas Turbine (GT) Intelligent Controller, which has been developed by a team of DEWA engineers, led by Emirati and Siemens experts. The Intelligent Controller facilitates high turbine efficiency, increased generation capacity and low fuel consumption, which in turn reduces harmful emissions. Once deployed across all gas turbines in M-Station, the system will make financial savings of AED17 million a year. The turbine is located at M-Station in Jebel Ali, the largest power generation and water desalination plant in the UAE.
During his visit, His Highness also reviewed DEWA’s efforts to ensure the sustainability of desalinated water production through a project to store desalinated water in groundwater aquifers. The ground reservoir, which is currently under construction, can store 6,000 million gallons and retrieve it when needed. This technology provides a strategic reservoir that supplies the emirate with about 50 million gallons of water per day in the event of emergencies, while also ensuring the safety of stored water from external impacts. The project represents an innovative and integrated model that helps protect the environment and provides a sustainable economic solution.
HH Sheikh Hamdan reviewed DEWA’s other most prominent projects such as the Smart Grid Station, which combines the concept of networks and smart homes. This was established as part of DEWA’s efforts to develop technologies for connecting smart buildings to exchange information; improve energy and water efficiency; and ensure optimal renewable energy in smart cities.
His Highness was also briefed on the model of DEWA’s new headquarters called Al-Shera'a, which is on display at its WETEX pavilion. When completed, Al-Shera'a will be the highest, largest and smartest net Zero Energy Building (ZEB) in the world. Sheikh Hamdan examined a model of the latest high-efficiency electric vehicle, which will be built in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
WETEX has evolved to become the largest exhibition of its kind in the region and one of the largest specialised exhibitions in the world, bringing together solutions and products from the energy, water and environmental sectors from around the world, to discuss best practices, latest technologies and innovations. The theme of WETEX 2019 is ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability,’ and this is the largest exhibition in its history to date, covering 85,000 square metres.