Several high-level delegations led by ministers and officials from various countries have visited the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)’s Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in recent weeks, eager to keep abreast of the latest innovations in the renewable and sustainable energy industry, as well as to examine the center’s innovations in supporting the future of clean energy.
HRH Princess Abze Djigma, Special Envoy of the President of Burkina Faso for resource mobilization for the Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change in Burkina Faso; HE Wael bin Nasser Al Mubarak, Minister of Electricity and Water Affairs in Bahrain; HE Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs in Finland; HE Simonas Gentvilas, Minister of Environment in Lithuania; HE Ireneusz Zyska, Secretary of State The center was also visited by delegations from Austria, Germany, and other countries.
HE DEWA’s MD and CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, welcomed the official representatives to the Innovation Centre. He emphasized DEWA’s commitment to sharing expertise in renewable and green energy, environmental sustainability, innovation, smart cities, water, and other areas of mutual interest with ministries and organizations throughout the world.
“Through the center, DEWA seeks to foster innovation in clean and renewable energy, develop skills, and enhance the capacities of the next generation of innovators in clean energy technologies, with an emphasis on developing and refining the talents of young Emiratis, offering a unique learning environment by organizing events, conferences, seminars, and workshops, and forming relationships with local and international universities and startups to collaborate in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship.” “The center’s solar energy breakthroughs assist Dubai’s Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which seeks to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from green energy sources by 2050,” Al Tayer added.
The Innovation Centre highlights DEWA’s commitment to foster clean energy innovation and develop novel solutions for the generation and management of renewable energy, according to Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA. The center, he said, backs DEWA’s renewable and clean energy projects, particularly the Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar park based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. By 2030, it is expected to have a capacity of 5000 megawatts (MW). It will save about 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year once it is done.
The Innovation Centre offers visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the most cutting-edge sustainable energy technologies. The first-floor display section focuses on DEWA’s history, major historical inventions and advances in the field of electricity, and the most recent developments in renewable and sustainable energy.