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Dewa building smart grid ready for World Expo 2020

Steve Rogerson
April 20, 2016
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) is building a smart grid to support the World Expo 2020. The aim is for it to become the first network in the world to provide the entire value chain of generation, transmission and distribution systems to the Expo.
The smart grid includes demand-side management, asset management, distribution automation, substation automation, system integration and smart meters. Dewa plans to install one million smart meters by 2020 across Dubai, and replace all mechanical and electromechanical meters during the next few years.
The authority is building three 132/11kV substations with 45km of high-voltage (132kV) cables. The total cost of the electricity projects will be AED420m. Dewa is also building water transmission networks with pipelines that are 600 and 1200mm in diameter, pumping stations and distribution stations. With a planned budget of AED515m, these projects will increase water-flow rates and ensure an adequate water supply to meet the increasing demands.
The substations will be ready by 2017.
“To emphasise its commitment to sustainability, which is one of the main pillars of World Expo 2020 in Dubai, Dewa has also assigned a large part of the budget to clean-energy-related projects in support of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide seven per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa. “This will make Dubai’s carbon footprint the lowest in the world.”
Most prominent of these projects is the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park and the Shams Dubai project to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate electricity from solar energy and connect it to Dewa’s grid. Dewa has also budgeted for research and development, and research and innovation in renewable energy.
All these will promote sustainable development in the UAE. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park will provide a dedicated supply of 100MW to Dubai Expo 2020 to manage its energy requirements.
Dewa’s efforts are focused on establishing an energy infrastructure that meets the UAE’s development needs. It has launched a wide variety of initiatives to support this, allocating over AED2.6bn to boost electricity, water and renewable energy projects. This contributes towards organising the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Dewa is contributing to the development of all Expo 2020 facilities and services through its smart initiatives. It has assigned part of the budget to support the drive to promote initiatives in smart services to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, in line with the Smart Dubai initiative.
The authority is supporting the Smart Dubai initiative, with Shams Dubai contributing power from solar arrays installed on Expo 2020’s buildings. The Expo will also have three different types of electric vehicle charging stations from the Green Charger initiative – fast-charging stations that take 20 to 40 minutes, medium-charging stations that take two to four hours, and home charging stations that take six to eight hours.
It has allocated AED7bn of investments to the development of smart grids. This will contribute to achieving the Smart Dubai initiative, and Dewa’s Shams Dubai initiative to generate electricity from solar power in buildings, and connect them to Dewa's grid, as well as other infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations.