The private sector is a partner in developing the energy sector...

The private sector is a partner in developing the energy sector...
The private sector is a partner in developing the energy sector...

Cooperation and integration between the public and private sectors has become an important pillar for achieving ’s ambitions and consolidating its position as an advanced model that provides an appropriate climate and supportive environment for investment. DEWA has established strategic partnerships with many international companies, especially in the renewable and clean energy sector.

The authority cooperates with international companies in implementing projects of the Solar Energy Complex, according to the Independent Energy Product System.

DEWA has attracted investments estimated at 40 billion dirhams through this model, which strengthens the partnership between the public and private sectors, through which the Authority has achieved world records at the lowest prices for solar energy projects five times in a row, so that Dubai has become a benchmark for solar energy prices worldwide.

Sustaining growth

The UAE will invest 600 billion dirhams until 2050, to ensure that energy demand is met, and that growth is sustainable in the country’s economy. In implementing solar energy projects at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, Dubai has approved the Independent Energy Product System, which strengthens the partnership between the public and private sectors. The value of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s investments in the energy sector is about 86 billion dirhams over the next five years.

Dubai strategy

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said: “The fourth principle of the eight principles of Dubai states:“ Dubai’s growth is led by three engines, a government with credibility, flexibility and distinction, an active, fair and open private sector for all, and a quasi-government sector that competes globally The economy moves locally. ”

In light of the ambitious visions and developmental renaissance that Dubai is witnessing in all fields, which it translates into mega projects and promising opportunities, especially in the areas of renewable and clean energy, cooperation and integration between the government and private sectors has become an important pillar for achieving the emirate’s ambitions and consolidating its position, as an advanced model, It provides the appropriate climate and supportive environment for investment.

“Independent Producer”

Saudi ACWA Power is participating in the implementation of a number of projects of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, according to the independent product system. Mohammed Abunyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, indicated that the economic challenges posed by the global Corona pandemic crisis did not prevent the rational Dubai government’s insistence on achieving the emirate’s vision goals by increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix to reach 75% by 2050.

Reducing emissions

Carbon emissions in the Emirate of Dubai decreased by more than 14 million tons, during the year 2019, equivalent to 22%, compared to the business as usual scenario, and the results achieved exceeded the targets set in the Dubai strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 16% by the year 2021. The programs and initiatives of the energy and water demand management strategy implemented by Dubai have also contributed to reducing the annual per capita consumption rate by 19.5% of water and by 19% of electricity by the end of 2019, compared to 2010.

Pilot projects

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is working on implementing pioneering and innovative projects for renewable and clean energy, and the Research and Development Center of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex is an ideal model for projects that provide an ideal environment for cooperation between the government and academic sectors.

Stanford University, USA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority cooperates with Stanford University in a number of areas of research and development in which researchers participate in the Authority’s Research and Development Center, through the Authority’s membership in the “Energy 3.0” program of the university.

Dr. Jimmy Chun, Managing Director of Stanford University Companies, said: “Stanford University attaches great importance to cooperating with institutions that have a long-term strategic outlook, as such partnerships allow them to create technologies, policies and future business models, which we aim to adopt in the coming years and decades. We aspire to continue the relationship that binds us with Dubai Electricity and Water, and expand its horizons, in a way that contributes to the development of effective research, reinforces our relentless efforts to develop the energy sector, and shape the future of this vital sector.

Emirates University

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority concluded a cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates University to implement a joint project, the value of which exceeds 15 million dirhams. Under the agreement, the United Arab Emirates University will provide research services, conduct analytical studies and internal and external tests, in close cooperation, and full coordination with the Authority’s Research and Development Center, through a specially designed testing platform for these purposes.

Dr. Abdul Rahman Yaqoub Al Raisi, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University, said: “The partnership of the Emirates University with the Research and Development Center of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority includes carrying out important research and supporting initiatives. , Launched by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, and to provide logistical support to the initiative team.

Khalifa University

Regarding the center’s partnership with Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Dr. Aref Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University of Science and Technology, said: “As a high-level academic institution concerned with conducting intensive research and studies on strategic economic sectors in the UAE.

Al Sharekah University

For his part, Dr. Abdul-Hay Al-Alami, Assistant Professor at the College of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Sharjah, said: We have many challenges related to water, energy and food security, but in light of the research strength of the academic community.

Amity University in Dubai

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority cooperates with Amity University Dubai to carry out research and academic and applied studies that will develop the renewable and alternative energies sector.

“Research and development is essential, to improve our technical capabilities, and to provide innovative and efficient processes, products and services,” said Dr. Vagat Hussain, CEO of Amity Education Group.

Energy system transformation contributes to economic development

The report “Global Renewable Energy Outlook: Transforming the Energy System 2050”, issued by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in April 2020, indicated that the energy system transformation can bring about broad economic and social development, supported by comprehensive policies to reduce carbon emissions. The use of hydrogen, industrial fuels, direct electrical technologies, biofuels, and carbon management, contribute to the global goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions after 2050, to achieve carbon neutrality, in addition to innovative business models, structural changes, and behavioral adaptation.

The report, “Recovery after Covid: An Action Agenda for Resilience, Development and Equality”, issued by the IAEA last April, indicated that every million dollars invested in the renewable energy sector creates three times the number of jobs provided by the same amount of investment in the fossil fuel sector. And that raising government and private spending on renewable energies would stimulate the global economy and provide about 19 million additional job opportunities by 2030.

Strategic planning

Renewable energy is emerging as a fundamental pillar of sustainability, which makes it at the forefront of the strategic priorities of the United Arab Emirates, which puts sustainability at the forefront of its priorities and leads the proactive efforts to adopt the latest innovations that drive the march to confront the effects of climate change and mitigate global warming, making outstanding contributions In support of the “United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030”.

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