AI-backed system wins “Innovative Power Technology” award for DEWA

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Dubai’s state-owned utility firm Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has added yet another feather in its cap after earning the “Innovative Power Technology of the Year 2020” award at the 16th Asian Power Awards. 

DEWA won the accolade for its Thermodynamic Digital Twin Gas Turbine Intelligent Controller (GTIC).

A world’s first, like numerous other initiatives by the utility firm, GTIC was developed by a team of Emirati DEWA engineers in collaboration with Siemens Energy. The unit applies artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and digital twinning to control the Gas Turbines at M-Station in Jebel Ali, the largest power and water desalination plant in the UAE.

The system which has improved efficiency, increased generation capacity, reduced fuel consumption and emissions at the plant is expected to save around $4.63 million a year when fully applied.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“The award is especially important because it recognizes the unique capabilities and experience of Emiratis. It is a new global recognition that enhances the UAE’s position and consolidates its competitiveness in all areas. DEWA promotes innovation among its employees and all society members. It adopts innovation in its work through an institutional approach and is moving steadily towards the next 50 years by building a sustainable future.”

A regular achiever at the Asian Power Awards, one of the most prestigious electricity awards in Asia, DEWA has secured numerous accolades over the last several years.

At the 15th Asian Power Awards conducted last year, the body won three awards namely;

  • Smart Grid Project of the Year
  • Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year and
  • Environmental Upgrade of the Year.

Meanwhile, in 2018, DEWA won for Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year and Smart Grid Project of the Year.