smart grids

In the UAE, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority is planning to implement 20,000 smart grids in various areas of the city and smart meters for all of its customers.The Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority is looking to save energy and support sustainability goals and believes the deployment of smart grid technology will help it to achieve its objectives.

According to Gulf News, the chairman of Sewa, Eng. Dr. Rashid Alleem, discussed this ambitious plan with international experts participating in the sixth edition of the annual Smart Grid and Smart Meters Summit 2016, which was inaugurated by Dr. Alleem at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa Hotel, Dubai on 27th November 2016. [UAE surpasses US and Europe in electricity and water efficiency]

It is reported that leading technology experts from across the region discussed major challenges in the implementation of smart grids and smart meters in the GCC at this two-day conference in Dubai.

The event is devoted to smart grids and meter solutions and products with the aim of bringing industry stakeholders, government authorities, research institutes, regional and global experts together with global technology and solution providers to discuss and evaluate the way forward and the future of the grid and metering infrastructure in the region.

Gulf News added that Dr. Alleem discussed the changes in economy and the need for triple efforts when it comes to changing the economy for a better future. He further discussed the implementation of 20,000 smart grids in various areas of Sharjah.

Sewa has already announced the smart meter implementation and their pilot projects are being completed.

DEWA signs deal with RWE

In related news, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) signed a MoU with Germany’s RWE Energy Group in a bid to further innovation and R&D in smart energy and smart grids.

Dewa and RWE will also work together on “scientific research and sustainable development projects,” reports the TradeArabia News Service.

Dewa’s managing director and chief executive Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer pointed out that the MoU complements the authority’s strategy to uphold innovation as a key principle toward Dubai 2021.

Dubai 2021 forms part of an initiative headed by the UAE government - a plan addressing “the urban environment including both natural and built assets, and looks at the living experience of the people of Dubai and its visitors.”