DEWA CEO engages with German State Secretary on clean energy collaborations

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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DEWA - German Delegation Meeting
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Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has discussed ways to consolidate cooperation in the areas of clean energy with Mr. Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany.

During the meeting, Mr. Al Tayer emphasized the importance of boosting strategic cooperation between DEWA and German firms in renewable and clean energy, environmental sustainability, innovation, smart cities, and water among other areas of mutual interest.

DEWA - German Delegation Meeting
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Mr. Al Tayer presented DEWA’s key projects, initiatives, and plans to realize the leadership’s vision to increase the share of clean and renewable energy. He also stressed “DEWA’s efforts to use all its resources to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and disruptive technologies to help make Dubai a sustainable and smart city.”

“DEWA has a clear strategy and specific objectives to increase the share of renewable and clean energy within Dubai’s energy mix. One of our key projects to achieve this target is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world. It has a planned capacity of 5000 megawatts (MW) by 2030,” Mr. Al Tayer further added.

In addition, the DEWA CEO mentioned that the pilot Green Hydrogen project at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to produce green hydrogen. The project has been implemented in cooperation between DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy at DEWA’s R&D Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Mr. Al Tayer noted that “green hydrogen has been receiving more global attention recently as a clean energy source that supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions, as well as dealing with climate change and global warming.”

The production of green hydrogen is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

DEWA’s projects were lauded by Mr. Feicht, particularly the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and DEWA’s Innovation Centre at the solar park, which offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the latest clean energy technologies.

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