DEWA’s R&D Center designs smart facility for leak detection

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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DEWA R&D Center designs leakage detection techniques

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Research and Development (R&D) Center has innovated an advanced, smart facility to simulate various leakage cases of water transmission pipelines.

This allows evaluation, development and testing of new leak detection techniques. The Center developed the facility using software and hardware, based on the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), which allows for complete remote monitoring and control of the facility. The facility includes smart transmission pipes equipped with sensors to monitor hydraulic indicators, collect data on water pressure, flow and temperature, and control an IoT platform that stores data.

This data is used to train Machine Learning models to detect leakage events. Based on experimental data using the facility, the developed algorithm was able to identify leakage events with 94.4 percent accuracy. Further experimentation is ongoing to improve algorithms for leak detection in water transmission pipelines and test sensors.

Mr. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, noted that the new facility strengthens DEWA’s leadership and global excellence in reducing losses in water networks. Al Tayer affirmed the role of the R&D Centre in developing DEWA’s smart grid and the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai and maintain the organization’s position at the forefront of global utilities.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer_DEWA designs leakage detection smart facility
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

“DEWA adopts the latest technologies in the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity and water networks. It applies the best global practices in all its projects to raise production and operational efficiency. DEWA’s results surpass major European and American utilities in several key performance indicators. Line losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks were reduced to 2.2 percent compared to around 6-7 percent in Europe and the USA. Water transmission and distribution network losses were also reduced to 4.5 percent compared to about 15 percent in North America.”

“DEWA has achieved a new world record in electricity Customer Minutes Lost (CML) per year. Dubai recorded 1.19 minutes per customer, compared to around 15 minutes recorded by leading utility companies in the European Union,” Mr. Al Tayer added.

Mr. Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Excellence at DEWA, said that “Cooperation between the R&D Centre and the various divisions of DEWA helps to test technologies, patents and programs developed by the Centre, and to identify aspects that need to be improved to achieve further positive results. The innovations are also being tested in various labs at the Centre, such as the labs for solar energy, IoT, Robotics and Drones, Advanced Materials and Characterization, Additive Manufacturing and others.”

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