Dubai to hold Green Week as it aims to be clean energy pioneer

Dubai will host a Green Week in October to promote the use of clean energy including plans to develop floating solar power plants
Dubai to hold Green Week as it aims to be clean energy pioneer
By Sam Bridge
Fri 30 Aug 2019 12:40 AM

Dubai will host a Green Week in October to promote the use of clean energy including plans to develop floating solar power plants in the Arabian Sea.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said it is organising the 21st Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) on October 21-23 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will form part of Green Week.

WETEX 2019 will feature the latest solutions and innovative technologies in renewable and clean energy alongside the fourth Dubai Solar Show, which will highlight the latest innovations in the solar sector and the region's largest projects to build partnerships between the public and private sectors to develop innovative solutions.

Under the umbrella of Green Week, the two exhibitions will be held as Dubai embarks on an initiative to use solar technologies and study the development and construction of floating solar power plants in the Arabian Gulf.

The study includes the economic feasibility, and preparing the technical requirements to construct floating solar photovoltaic panels.

Both shows will also highlight DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels and connect them to its network. This supports the Smart Dubai Initiative to make Dubai the world's smartest and most successful city.

“Under the umbrella of Green Week, the two exhibitions are an ideal platform for showcasing the latest developments, solutions, and technologies in renewable and clean energy. This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050... which will provide 75 percent of Dubai’s power by 2050,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA and founder and chairman of WETEX.

“Solar power technologies are preferred sources of energy in the Middle East, due to the region’s location within the solar belt receiving an abundant amount of solar radiation... To date, over 100MW of photovoltaic solar power has been installed on roofs across Dubai,” added Al Tayer.

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