DEWA becomes 1st utility to partner with Microsoft on quantum computing


Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA) has partnered with Microsoft to develop new quantum-based solutions to address energy optimisation and other challenges where classical computers have serious limitations.

The two have partnered under the Microsoft Quantum Computing programme.

This makes DEWA the first utility in the world and the first organisation outside the US to participate in the programme.

Quatum computing has more power and capabilities than current computers and will be used to help DEWA to identify challenges within its water and energy operations.

The utility will adopt solutions developed under the partnership via its digital arm, Digital DEWA.

Technologies to be developed will be piloted via the Microsoft Azure Platform.

The utility’s CEO said the move is part of efforts to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, make use of disruptive technologies to enhance government services, develop long-term proactive plans and promote DEWA’s role in anticipating and making the future of energy.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, added: “We will leverage the enormous capabilities of quantum computing to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation, as well as enhance Dubai’s infrastructure.

“DEWA will disrupt the entire business of public utilities by becoming the world’s first digital utility using autonomous systems for renewable-energy and its storage, expansion in Artificial Intelligence adoption and digital services.

“This supports the Dubai 10X initiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities.”