By Sam Bridge
R&D Centre focus will include solar power, the integration of smart grids, energy efficiency and 3D printing
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has inaugurated Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) new R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Sheikh Mohammed toured the R&D hub, whose areas of work will include solar power, the integration of smart grids, energy efficiency, and water, in addition to Fourth Industrial Revolution applications such as 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
The centre is the only centre in the UAE that focuses on renewable energy, smart grid technologies and energy efficiency and has the largest and most comprehensive solar testing and certification facility in the country.
It operates the longest continuous testing of photovoltaic panels in the UAE in desert climate conditions.
The centre has 37 researchers, 20 of whom are PhD and MSc holders. The team has also published over 40 papers in international conferences and magazines.
The R&D Centre was granted one patent, with five more under process.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), said: “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."
The National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 seeks to develop an integrated system that employs AI in vital areas of the UAE, as well as the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to generate 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy sources by 2050, he added.