DEWA Spearheads Groundbreaking Projects for UAE's Sustainable Future

DEWA Spearheads Groundbreaking Projects for UAE's Sustainable Future

The UAE, guided by forward-thinking leadership, is a leading investor in renewable energy, notably excelling in solar energy adoption, ranking sixth globally in per capita usage, as outlined in the UK-based Energy Institute's Statistical Review of World Energy.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, held under the slogan,

“Our land. Our future. We are #GenerationRestoration,”

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), emphasised that the UAE is one of the leading countries in climate action and has major projects to increase the share of clean and renewable energy sources and enhance energy efficiency to reduce emissions and protect the environment and natural resources.

Al Tayer highlighted that DEWA continues to implement pioneering projects to increase the share of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix, in line with the UAE Net Zero 2050 Strategy, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

A leading corporation pledges Net-Zero by 2050, integrating sustainability in all operations. They spearhead renewable energy projects like the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, a pioneering solar venture, a hydroelectric plant in Hatta, and a groundbreaking green hydrogen initiative, aligning with UAE's climate leadership.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park aims to exceed 5,000MW capacity by 2030, utilizing both photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. Current capacity stands at 2,860MW, with 2,033MW under construction. DEWA targets 27% clean energy in the mix by 2030, reducing 6.5 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Phase 4 sets records for tallest CSP tower and largest thermal storage plant.

Green Hydrogen Project

DEWA implemented a green hydrogen project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The project supports the UAE’s efforts to achieve global competitiveness in the green hydrogen market and contributes to attaining competitive prices in the production of green hydrogen, primarily done by electrolysis of water using renewable energy. Built over an area of 10,000 square meters, the project will accommodate future applications and testing platforms for various uses of hydrogen, including energy production and mobility.

Hydroelectric Power Plant in Hatta

DEWA is constructing the first hydroelectric plant in the GCC at Hatta, with a capacity of 250MW and a storage capacity of 1,500 MWh. It utilizes water from Hatta Dam and an upper reservoir for energy generation. Advanced turbines pump water during off-peak hours, ensuring high efficiency and rapid response to electricity demand.

Water desalination using SWRO technology

DEWA is constructing the world's largest SWRO water desalination project in Hassyan, utilizing solar energy. This 180 MIGD facility, under the IWP model, emphasizes sustainability with lower energy consumption compared to MSF plants. By 2030, DEWA targets 100% desalinated water production through clean energy and waste heat.

EV Green Charger Initiative

DEWA's 2014 Green Charger Initiative aimed to build electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Dubai for eco-friendly mobility, aligning with the city's goal to be smart and happy. It rapidly expanded, with over 700 stations, including 400 by DEWA, accessible to all customers, even those unregistered, through Guest mode.

Annual Sustainability Report

DEWA issues annual sustainability reports since 2013 following GRI Standards. A GRI Gold Community member and part of the Standards Pioneers Programme, DEWA's report is a transparent reference of its yearly achievements, valued globally as one of the first 100 organizations worldwide.

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