DEWA’s Moro Hub, Huawei break ground for solar-powered green data center

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Huawei Middle East & Africa (MEA), have broken ground for the first phase of the largest solar-powered Uptime TIER III-Certified data center in the MEA region. 

The data center will be built by Moro Hub, a subsidiary of Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. With a capacity of more than 100 megawatts (MW), the carbon-neutral green data center will run entirely on renewable energy. The agreement for the green data center was signed between the two entities in May 2021.

The ground-breaking was done by Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Mr. Steven Yi, President of Huawei MEA, which was attended by Mr. Marwan bin Haidar, Vice Chairman of Digital and Group CEO of Digital DEWA, Mr. Waleed bin Salman, Vice Chairman of Energy, Digital DEWA, Mr. Matar Al Mehairi, Board Member of Digital DEWA, Mr. Mohammad bin Sulaiman, CEO of Moro Hub, Mr. Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE, and other officials from both sides.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“Breaking ground for the largest green data center in the MEA confirms that we are on the right track to achieve the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of energy from clean energy sources by 2050, as well as the Dubai Demand Side Management Strategy, which aims to reduce electricity and water demand by 30 percent by 2030. We do this by developing innovative environment-friendly solutions that reduce carbon emissions.”

Mr. Yi said that “As more data center facilities are established in the future, this project serves as an exemplar of combining digital and power electronic technologies to create a greener, low-carbon ICT infrastructure powered through renewable energy.”

This is the second solar-powered green data center in Dubai launched by Moro Hub. It will offer digital products and services using the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, such as cloud services, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

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