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DEWA announced that it has completed the transformation of its independently-operating power stations into a network of smart-grid-enabled smart power plants.According to a release, the project marks a step forward in Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) strategy to adopt new cutting-edge technologies, plans and initiatives to promote Dubai as "one of the most innovative countries in the world."

Under the project, DEWA developed information systems at each power station to transmit joint performance data, as well as the one-way data diode (ODD) - using it to protect each station from cyber-attacks.

The utility's Smart Power Plants system was designed in 2014 and is said to have transformed its existing power station data into a series of reports that can be utilised by DEWA specialists to support decision-making processes and convert the data into a graphic display.

This in turn, provides a "comprehensive and transparent real-time view of the status of stations, so that staff can analyse problems such as technical failures, and support rapid and accurate decision-making, especially during emergency situations," says the Smart Grid Observer.

Innovation culture

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: "Within the framework of our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we are actively
promoting and implementing initiatives to develop data systems in an innovative way. This system, which has gained local and global recognition for its high
level of innovation, has been a core factor in DEWA achieving the world's leading service standards for the services it currently provides."

DEWA signs MoU with Siemens

In other news, DEWA recently signed a MoU with Siemens to collaborate on a project that will drive higher operational efficiency of its power assets.

According to Trade Arabia, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Siemens are working together to identify ways to improve thermal efficiency, provide cost-effective solutions for performance optimisation, manage costs and reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Siemens said that at the core of the project is the company's data-driven Digital Asset Optimisation services, part of the company's digital services for energy portfolio. Siemens' digital asset optimisation uses on-site digital monitoring of a unit's performance and advanced data analytics to more closely target a specific issue, such as age-related degradation, and to provide recommendations for an operating mode to address this and other issues that may be leading to the unit's under-performance. Read more...

 

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