At the beginning of March, the ‘Iberdrola Innovation Centre Middle East’ was opened in Doha. The new technology centre is a big step towards the development of alternative energy in the Gulf countries.
ADD Grup contributed to the creation of the Innovation Centre by providing measurement equipment based on the latest developments and standards in the field of measurement and communication, a hardware platform supporting PRIME 1.3.6 and 1.4. This provides ADD Grup with an opportunity to share knowledge and skills gained through 20 years of experience in the development of smart meters and implementation of projects in 27 countries around the world, with 5.7 million consumers using electricity meters from the company.
Through the Centre, Iberdrola hopes to develop innovative and consulting services in three key areas: the digitisation of the energy system through intelligent networks, system integration of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.
Located in the Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha, the centre is focused on the creation of new products and services operating at the crossing of energy, information and communication technologies.
At the opening ceremony of the centre, chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, and the CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, along with Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim, executive VP of Qatar Foundation R&D, delivered the opening address on behalf of the Qatar Foundation.
According to representatives of Iberdrola, the Middle East is a region with great opportunities in the energy sector, outside of oil and gas. The company plans to electrify the economy, from heating and cooling to electric vehicles. These plans are fully compatible with the innovative strategy of Qatar, and Iberdrola and its technology partners intend to make an outstanding contribution to the achievement of the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which determine the economic, social, human and environmental development of the country.
In addition to its important role as a basis for research, the Iberdrola Innovation Centre Middle East aims to become the central point of activity of the Iberdrola group in the Middle East.
H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani, spoke of his appreciation of the cooperation of QIA and Iberdrola. Throughout 2017, Iberdrola invested over €246 million in R&D&I, which is 17% more than in the previous year. These resources were mainly aimed at projects related to clean energy, intelligent networks, customer solutions and digital transformations.
For the preservation of fossil fuels and the development of renewable energy for the next nine years, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region, including the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, will also be developing clean energy projects in the public sector.