The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has signed a MoU with Tata Consulting Services to support its R&D activities to further promote its sustainability.Research and Development activities will also be concentrated toward developing its energy mix as well as supporting innovation in energy.
Dewa and TCS will work together on an innovation programme network called “Co-Innovation” where the two organisations will collaborate and suggest ideas.
According to a release, the primary focus areas of the “Co-Innovation” programme are solar power generation, smart grid initiatives, energy efficiency and water which falls in line with the key research areas of Dewa’s R&D centre
The release adds that TCS has a dedicated Research and Innovation lab that encompasses many industry sectors. The lab focuses on technology solutions tailored to the company’s customer base, and includes solutions for energy and water sustainability.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa said: “Dewa gives priority to research and development, sustainability, renewable energy, and photovoltaic technology. This supports the National Innovation Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world.”
He added: “As a utility, that adopts innovation as government culture, Dewa strives to achieve the vision of the wise leadership and continuously exerts efforts to develop the concept of innovation among the clean energy and water sectors. It is making great progress on adopting innovative solutions for all operations in different fields.”
DEWA innovates in clean tech
Al Tayer added that the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, touted to become the biggest solar power plant in the Middle East, will become the home to many of the major projects in this field, such as the interactive R&D innovation centre.
The innovation centre is said to be equipped with the latest in clean and renewable energy technology. Dewa's innovation centre is also said to be a group of R&D centres that specialise in clean energy technologies, drone research, and solar energy based desalination, worth a total investment of Dh500 million (US$136,130,370).