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Dubai's DEWA launches tender for 3D-printed labs to test drones

State-owned utility company to build new research laboratories at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai's DEWA launches tender for 3D-printed labs to test drones
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA

Dubai's state-owned utility company has released a tender for the construction of 3D-printed laboratories, to conduct research on drones and 3D-printing technologies.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released an expression of interest for the projects at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site project in the world.

The solar park, which will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030, will feature the new lab, build with 3D-printing technology, under the umbrella of the Research & Development (R&D) Centre.

DEWA said in a statement that the labs will conduct research on the use of drones to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency, credibility, and lower their cost, as well as study and test different photovoltaic technologies.

DEWA has been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission and distribution systems.

"The EOI to construct the 3D-printed labs at the solar park reflects our efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA.

The test labs will be constructed using 3D-printing technology, with the four main labs including the Electronics Laboratory, the Software Laboratory, the Mechanical Laboratory, and the Prototype Laboratory. The project will also include an outdoor-testing facility.

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