Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) showcased a number of its leading mega-projects at its main stand during the 22nd Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) and the 5th Dubai Solar Show (DSS). DEWA organises WETEX and DSS this year online through a virtual platform, under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Founder and Chairman of WETEX and DSS said that the 3D, carbon-neutral WETEX and DSS are the first of their kind in the Middle East and North Africa, and provided a new experience for exhibitors and visitors from around the world. They enabled exhibitors to display their products innovatively through 3D customisable stands to suit each company’s needs. They also enabled meetings, seminars, and workshops using the latest smart technologies.
With no need to travel, visitors could view the model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar project in the world. The 4th phase includes the world’s tallest solar power tower at 262.44 metres, combining Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and photovoltaic technology and is rated for 950MW, operated by an Independent Power Producer (IPP). The Solar Park has a planned capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030 with investments up to AED 50 billion.
DEWA’s stand also showcased Al-Sheraa Building, which will be the largest, and smartest net-zero energy building in the world, where the total energy used in the building during a year is equal to or less than the energy produced on-site during that year. The building will have over 20,000 square metres of photovoltaic solar panels with around 1,000 square metres of Building Integrated Photovoltaics. The building will generate over 6,500 megawatt hours (MWh) a year of renewable energy. The building has been designed to receive a platinum rating by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and a silver rating from the WELL Building Standard.
DEWA’s stand also showcased the hydroelectric power station at Hatta, which will generate power using the water in the Hatta Dam. The project is the first of its kind in the Arabian Gulf and will generate 250 MW. It is expected to last up to 80 years.
The four-legged Spot Robot was on demonstration. DEWA is the first utility in the region to use this robot in its internal operations, such as detecting faults and leakages, testing connection points of high-voltage cables, conducting security and monitoring patrols, ensuring construction works are aligned with specifications using multiple-angle cameras, and managing different facilities such as warehouses, in addition to helping people of
Visitors can also view videos and download brochures on DEWA’s latest projects, such as the Research and Development Centre, Innovation Centre, EV Green Charger initiative, Al-Sheraa Building, 2nd Solar Decathlon Middle East, Hatta Hydroelectric Power Plant, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Al Masdar Magazine and DEWA’s annual