Dewa, Stanford University collaborate for solar energy R&D

Research will be carried out in the fields of radiation cooling, utilisation of autonomous robots, and use of AI

Dewa's Research and Development Centre is located in MBR Solar Park. [representational image]
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Dewa's Research and Development Centre is located in MBR Solar Park. [representational image]

UAE’s Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has collaborated with Stanford University for research and development (R&D) in the solar energy sector, with the programme being conducted with the involvement of researchers at Dewa’s Research and Development (R&D) Centre in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

As part of the agreement, research will be carried out in the fields of radiation cooling to improve the efficiency and performance of solar panels, utilisation of autonomous robots in monitoring and maintaining solar power plants, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to forecast the performance and production of photovoltaic solar plants in the short-term.

Speaking about the R&D initiative, which will be carried out through a membership in the university’s Energy 3.0 Programme, chief executive officer and managing director of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Dewa attaches great importance to research and development, and its strategies and initiatives are aligned with the UAE’s leading national strategies.”

According to Al Tayer, the strategies included: UAE Centennial 2071; the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence 2031; the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050; and the Dubai 10X Initiative.

Executive vice president of business development and excellence at Dewa, Waleed Salman, said that the programme included R&D in the fields of renewable energy, smart networks, energy efficiency and storage, and data analysis.

Dewa’s R&D centre has been working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the US Department of Energy, the Spanish National Renewable Energy Centre, as well as the United Arab Emirates University and Khalifa University on joint research and studies in renewable and alternative energy.

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