Week in Middle East: DEWA To Add Additional 600 MW of Clean Energy to Dubai’s Energy Mix in 2021; Dii Desert Energy and Roland Berger to Increase GCC Countries Energy Transition and More

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DEWA To Add Additional 600MW of Clean Energy to Dubai’s Energy Mix in 2021

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced that DEWA will add 600 megawatts (MW) of clean energy capacity using photovoltaic solar panels and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) during 2021. This will increase DEWA’s total power capacity from clean energy to 1,613 MW compared to 1,013 MW currently. Al Tayer said that next July, DEWA will commission the 300MW first stage of the 5th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. DEWA will commission the world’s tallest CSP tower at 262.44 metres with a capacity of 100MW in September and 200MW from the parabolic trough as part of the 4th phase of the solar park by the end of 2021. Therefore, DEWA will add 300MW from solar photovoltaic panels and 300MW from CSP. Clean capacity in Dubai’s energy mix will reach around 10% in July and 12% by the end of the year.

Dii Desert Energy and Roland Berger to Increase GCC Countries Energy Transition

GCC countries can be one of the most competitive locations globally to produce and export green hydrogen and derivatives such as green ammonia or power fuels, thanks to unique natural (solar & wind) resources, abundant space as well as world class infrastructure and expertise. The lowest-cost solar and wind energy globally make the GCC region potentially one of the most competitive for hydrogen production. A recent tender in Saudi Arabia was awarded for a price of USD 0.0104/kWh. Taking advantage of the Oil & Gas economy, significant funding is available through sovereign funds as well as international investors. Furthermore, the region has a proven track-record in building and operating export infrastructure and it has a central location to future large energy demand markets, such as the European and East-Asian markets. Lastly, the region highly qualified workforce in the oil& gas sector also represents a major opportunity for the development of the hydrogen economy in the region. In addition to the export market, GCC countries could cater for their regional demand.

Masdar City Attracts Innovation Giants Amid Focus on Green Recovery from COVID19

Masdar City, the sustainable urban development in the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, is set to play a key role in the global green recovery from COVID-19 as it continues to add sustainability-focused innovation and technology companies. The number of companies in the City’s free zone increased 26 percent in 2020, indicating the important role of the City and its offerings to innovation-led companies, including G42 Healthcare, whose laboratories and testing centers were central to the UAE’s pandemic response. The figures emphasize the essential need for innovation in progressing the green transition through the development and commercialization of new technologies. Masdar City is Abu Dhabi’s only planned and approved research and development (R&D) cluster and is now home to more than 900 companies, ranging from multinationals and SMEs, to homegrown startups. These companies are developing ground-breaking technological solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges, across the key sectors of energy, water, artificial intelligence, health, space, agriculture, and mobility.

ASGC, Enerwhere Team up to Provide Sustainable Power in Dubai Creek Harbour

UAE construction giant ASGC appointed Enerwhere as the temporary power provider for their site office in Dubai Creek Harbor. Enerwhere will power the site office as a proof of concept for 6 months to showcase the capabilities and reliance of its system. Enerwhere is also expected to expand its services and takeover temporary power provision for The Palace construction site along with other ASGC projects currently running in UAE and potentially overseas. The solar-hybrid system installed at ASGC P308 Main Office consists of 56 kWp of solar capacity expected to contribute about 20% of overall energy production, coupled with fuel efficiency improvements on the generators end, reducing ASGC CO2 emissions by 44% annually using clean, economical, and reliable energy.

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