Italian multinational utility Enel and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a deal to jointly research, design and implement smart grid solutions.The partnership of the two utility firms provides the foundation for them to cooperate on digitising their grid networks.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by DEWA and Enel will allow the two parties to share their knowledge on development and management of smart grids and on measures to secure their grid networks against cyber-attacks.
The three-year agreement falls under efforts by DEWA to ensure its grid infrastructure is in line with international standards.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said his firm’s agreement with Enel "… establishes a new partnership that will witness growth, development and leadership in the field of sustainable energy.”
[quote] Al Tayer expressed his confidence in the fact that the MoU with Enel will help DEWA to improve its customer services to its 760,000 consumers through the development of new business models and improvements to existing smart grid programmes.
The two utility firms will jointly research and share experiences in distribution automation, renewable energy integration, smart meters and smart cities.
For Enel, the company’s MoU with DEWA falls under its measures to fulfil its 2017-2019 strategic plan to enhance its deployment of digital network technologies.
Upgrading grid networks
In related news, DEWA announced that it is showcasing its latest smart grid projects during the 10th World Future Energy Summit currently being held in Abu Dhabi as from the 16th of January to the 19th.
Al Tayer, said: “DEWA is participating in WFES to exchange experiences, expertise, and best practices, and learn about the latest developments in green technologies and solutions. This will enhance knowledge and Research and Development to find innovative and sustainable solutions in clean and renewable energy and streamline efforts to address the current challenges facing the energy sector.”
The utility’s projects being showcased include a solar generation project being implemented by DEWA to ensure grid reliability and reduced carbon emissions. The solar plant is being constructed in the town of Seih Al Dahalat and is believed to be the world’s single-sited solar project.
The AED50 billion ($13.6 billion) solar plant will generate up to 5,000MW by 2030 and avoid the emission of 6.5 million tonnes of carbon per year. [DEWA signs MoU with Huawei on smart city tech development]