The US and UAE sign MoU on smart grid research


NETL is a division of the US Department of Energy responsible for research and development of energy security, coal, natural gas and oil technologies.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between DEWA and NETL will enable the two parties to develop a new framework on how to use technology to reduce carbon emissions and optimise water supply systems and sewage treatment infrastructure.

The MoU will allow DEWA to modernise and ensure its energy and water networks meet international standards.

Renewable energy resources

In a press statement, DEWA wrote that its agreement with NETL will allow the two organisations to “… make optimal use of the latest technologies in clean coal, the re-using, storing, and capturing of carbon …” in order to contribute to international efforts to tackle climate change.

The MoU will allow the development of innovative technologies which DEWA is confident will help in improving the reliability of its grid network through increased integration of renewable energy resources with its grid system.

Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, said the utility’s partnership with NETL falls under efforts to reach targets set under the “the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to diversify energy resources, and provide 7% of Dubai’s energy from clean energy sources by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.”

Employees of DEWA will receive training in the fields of smart grid and smart water from specialised scientists, engineers, and experts from NETL.

DEWA also cooperates with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to research renewable and alternative energy sources, has learnt. [DEWA and Finland discuss cooperation in smart energy].

Energy Efficiency Understandings

The news follows the signing of a MoU signed last year between Iran and Japan to boost cooperation on energy efficiency.

The Iranian Institute for International Energy Studies (IIES) and Japan Cooperation Center for the Middle East (JCCME) agreed to work together towards the transfer of technology and experience to Iran in the field of energy efficiency.

Japanese experts will team up with Iran’s state-run Institute for International Energy Studies to develop what will be the country’s first major roadmap for energy efficiency.

Commenting on the development, Majid Mohammadi Hosseinabadi deputy for international affairs at the IIES, said: “An agreement will be signed with Japan in the near future to draw a framework for energy management policies in Iran.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.