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Dewa signs MoU with RWE to develop smart grid technologies

Steve Rogerson
January 19, 2016
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany’s RWE Energy Group to enhance cooperation in innovation, research and development in energy and smart grids, scientific research, and sustainable development.
This supports Dewa’s vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility and its strategy to promote and establish innovation in all energy fields, said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of Dewa, as he signed the MoU with Klaus Grellmann, chief executive officer of RWE Consulting.
Al Tayer said the MoU supported Dewa’s strategy to adopt innovation as a key pillar and a corporate value, to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 to become a city of happy, creative and empowered people. It also supports the Dubai Innovation Strategy to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world.
“Signing the MoU with RWE supports our efforts to achieve the Smart Dubai initiative to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, and speed up the implementation of our smart initiatives to contribute effectively to the sustainable development of Dubai and provide innovative services to our customers,” said Al Tayer. “Dewa is committed to enhancing cooperation with local and international government and private organisations to improve its services for customers, and develop its operations to the highest levels of availability, reliability and efficiency.”
The MoU enhances cooperation and the exchange of experiences, knowledge and research in renewable energy, and technical, economic and environmental analysis of alternative energy scenarios. The MoU’s scope also includes testing of smart grid measures, energy storing and efficiency, improved reliability of solar cells, and value-added products and services for smart grids and cooperation in academic and scientific programmes.
“We are pleased to continue our fruitful cooperation with a high-profile government organisation such as Dewa,” said Grellmann. “We look forward to working with Dewa in solar and other alternative and renewable sources of energy. We intend to set an innovative role model in the region for the sustainable development and ease of connecting renewable energy sources with existing electricity grids. We are confident that Dewa’s excellent initiatives combined with RWE’s latest innovations and technologies will achieve this ambitious goal.”