DEWA has partnered with GE Additive to develop 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for the forthcoming ‘Industrial Internet’.HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “The ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and
prime minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030. We are working to keep pace with this strategy through accelerators and incubators that are creating prototypes, technological solutions and renewable energy technologies, in collaboration with the most successful international expertise."
Al Tayer added: "Through our research and development initiatives, we are optimising the potential of 3D printing and other technologies, and we are currently working to establish an R&D centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a total investment of AED 500 million up to 2020. The work of the centre revolves around four main areas of operation, which include the production of electricity from solar energy, smart grid integration, energy efficiency, and water. The MoU with GE will enable us to develop ‘Made in Dubai’ future technologies that contribute to increased operational efficiency and productivity."
The MoU between DEWA and GE Additive is reported to be the first of its kind in the region with a utility provider to collaborate and co-create 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies. Mohamed Ehteshami, vice president for Additive Integration at GE Additive, said: "Industrial Internet and additive manufacturing are the next-generation technologies that bring unprecedented levels of productivity for our partners by developing complex industrial parts that are lighter, durable and more efficient with less waste.
“As a leading utility provider focused on sustainability, renewable energy and smart grids, DEWA brings significant industry insights into the research that will help achieve new levels of power sector efficiency. We are honoured to partner with DEWA on this path-breaking initiative that will be a game changer for the utility sector globally,” added Ehteshami.
Furthermore, DEWA and GE will conduct research on digital technologies including artificial intelligence and robotics for enhanced productivity and efficiency, sustainability and energy efficiency, conventional and renewable technologies in power and water, smart grid integration and innovations for the utility of the future.
As per the MoU, DEWA’s R&D Centre and Innovation and The Future Division will work closely with GE toward embracing and encouraging disruptive innovation, and accelerating promising startups in new areas shaping the future of industry.
According to official website of the Government of Dubai, the partnership will span collaborative research and innovation to develop additive manufacturing technologies, rapid prototyping, digital technologies, including the Internet of Things and software development. This will support DEWA in its mission to deliver efficient, reliable and safe electricity and water services through smart future technologies.
Image credit: Shutterstock