DEWA enhances smart grid cooperation with Stanford University


A delegation headed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has visited Stanford University in the US State of California to enhance cooperation with international research centres, review best practices and latest research in power.

Al Tayer was accompanied by Waleed Salman, executive vice president of business development and excellence, Marwan Bin Haidar, executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future and Dr Yousef Al Akraf, executive vice president of business support and human resources at DEWA.

During his visit, Al Tayer met with Professor Paul McIntyre and Professor Friedrich Prinz, from the School of Materials Science and Engineering and the Precourt Institute for Energy of Stanford University.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed to collaborate on capacity building, research and development, as well as DEWA’s membership in Stanford’s ‘Energy 3.0’ programme for research and development in areas related to energy.

These include renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen and data analysis.

During the meeting, Al Tayer highlighted DEWA’s efforts to achieve the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.

He also highlighted DEWA’s projects to achieve the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to generate 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050 and its efforts to build effective partnerships and exchange best international practices with the finest research institutes.

This includes energy management, automation, AI, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, cloud computing, smart grids, and disruptive technologies to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.