Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO), received a delegation from the German city of Essen to review Dubai’s latest achievements in the renewable and clean energy sector.
Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA and Chairman of WGEO welcomed Lord Mayor Thomas Kufen, Ms. Katherina Reiche, Chairwoman of the Board of Westenergie AG and Chairwoman of the National Hydrogen Council of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, and delegates from the Essen Economic Development Agency.
Mr. Al Tayer stated that the launching of WGEO in 2016 was in response to the priorities and concerns that emerged at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. This continued until the adoption of the Sustainable Development Plan 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
WGEO aims to support emerging global measures to develop a green development model based on adaptability to climate change and reducing carbon emissions.
DEWA’s significant projects and initiatives to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum which is to increase the share of clean and renewable energy were highlighted during the meeting. Mr. Al Tayer also discussed how DEWA uses all of its resources to keep up with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and other disruptive technologies that are transforming Dubai into a sustainable, smart city.
In line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050, DEWA strives to provide 100 percent of energy production from clean energy sources by 2050. One of DEWA’s 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 added that DEWA has launched pioneering projects and initiatives to diversify clean energy sources. These include all clean and renewable energy technologies in Dubai such as solar photovoltaic systems, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), green hydrogen production using solar power, stored water technology at Hatta hydroelectric power plant using clean energy, and research on electricity generation from wind power.
Mr. Al Tayer also discussed the pioneering Green Hydrogen project which was implemented in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy at the outdoor testing facilities of the Solar Park. It is the first project of its kind in the MENA region to produce hydrogen using solar power.