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DEWA to tender for 3D labs at Dubai solar park

The state-owned utility company will build four laboratories and an outdoor flight-testing facility to study drones at Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

DEWA will develop research labs at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
DEWA will develop research labs at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the construction of 3D-printed laboratories at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in the emirate. 

The labs will conduct research on drones and 3D printing technologies, and will be based at the solar park as a part of its Research and Development (R&D) Centre. 

Research on the use of drones to develop the performance of photovoltaic panels to increase their efficiency and credibility, and lower their cost, will be carried out at the lab. 

DEWA has been using drones for the last three years to monitor its electricity and water production, transmission, and distribution systems.

The four main labs will include the Electronics Laboratory, the Software Laboratory, the Mechanical Laboratory, and the Prototype Laboratory. 

The project will also include an outdoor flight-testing facility.

The Electronics Laboratory will conduct electrical design and repair services for drones that can be used by R&D staff and DEWA employees.

DEWA's staff will be able to design and build customised circuits for different drone applications.

The Software Laboratory will develop and provide DEWA with products, research, and educational systems.

The lab will solve issues and develop strategies to meet national objectives and DEWA 's requirements, and will run tests on avionic systems, flight controls, and electric power units.

The Software Laboratory will pursue basic research in all aspects of the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of software systems.

Particular areas of interest include operating systems, mobile computing, cloud computing, virtualisation, distribution systems, and software engineering.

The Mechanical Laboratory will conduct theoretical and experimental investigations into phenomena related the behaviour of certain materials and combustion.

This lab will develop prototypes for different products that allow engineers to further develop their ideas.

The outdoor flight-testing facility will feature a landing area equipped with sensors, and a power, water, and data line.

This area will allow researchers to test different sensors, actuators, and systems, and will cover a ground space of 20x20 metres.

Remarking on the project, HE Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: "The EOI to construct the 3D-printed labs at the solar park reflects our efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government.

"The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030." 

Tender documents are available at DEWA 's head office from 8:00am-2:00pm (UAE time), or can be attained via the website: https://eservices.dewa.ae/Tenders/Tender_List.aspx or at https://srm.dewa.gov.ae/irj/portal/anonymous.

The closing date is 11pm on 31 May, 2016.

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