DEWA’s pavilion at Expo 2020 to feature its initiatives to boost sustainability

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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UAE’s state-owned utility service provider Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is showing its presence at Expo 2020 Dubai with a pavilion characterized by a contemporary design that aligns with its role as the Official Sustainable Energy Partner of the event.

DEWA’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai highlights the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030. Upon its completion, the solar park will reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually. 

The Authority will showcase the Green Hydrogen project, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to produce hydrogen using solar power. It was implemented in collaboration between DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy at the outdoor testing facilities of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. 

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“DEWA’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai provides a unique experience for visitors. It highlights DEWA’s innovative projects and initiatives, especially in renewable and clean energy and using the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to disrupt the entire business of public utilities. DEWA intends to become the world’s first digital utility to use autonomous systems through Digital DEWA, the digital arm of DEWA. Its objectives align with the Dubai 10X initiative, which aims to make the Government of Dubai 10 years ahead of other cities through government innovation.”

The pavilion also highlights Digital DEWA which aims to make the authority the world’s first digital utility to use autonomous systems for renewable energy and storage while expanding the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and digital services. 

DEWA has allocated a stand at its pavilion for the Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) which is part of the partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA with the US Department of Energy. DEWA will showcase the designs submitted by universities in the second SDME, which will be held in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai. 

One of DEWA’s pioneering and innovative projects is a 250MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant in Hatta. The station, which is the first of its kind in the GCC region will have a storage capacity of 1,500 megawatt-hours, a life span of up to 80 years and investments up to $0.39 million. DEWA will dedicate a special stand for the World Green Economy Organisation (WGEO).

DEWA will showcase its Space-D program, which aims to build DEWA’s capabilities and train Emirati professionals to use space technologies to enhance its electricity and water networks, and will take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies.

DEWA’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will feature a model of its new headquarters named ‘Al Shera’a’. It will be the world’s tallest, largest, and smartest government Zero Energy building.

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