DEWA launches competition to design solar cars

Part of DEWA’s Innovation Week 2016, the final race is scheduled to take place in April 2017

This image is for representation purposes only.
This image is for representation purposes only.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a competition to encourage students in Dubai to design, build, test, and race solar-powered remote-controlled cars.

Part of DEWA’s Innovation Week 2016, the final race is scheduled to take place in April 2017, according to Dubai Media Office.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA said: “The competition encourages students to develop innovative solutions for solar-powered small cars.

“This helps them learn more about the importance of solar energy as a clean alternative to traditional energy sources in an interactive way, promoting the position of DEWA as a supporter of forward-thinking, innovation, and sustainability.”

In supports the position of the UAE as a global hub for clean energy and green economy, Al Tayer noted that the competition also aims to promote Shams Dubai, DEWA’s initiative to encourage building owners to install photovoltaic panels to generate

electricity and connect the systems to its grid.

The project uses electricity on-site and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s network.As of October 2016, DEWA has completed the connection of 222 solar systems in commercial, residential, and government buildings with a total capacity of over 6

megawatts (MW).

The authority has enrolled 44 contracting and consultancy companies on the project, supporting the certification of 247 engineers as enrolled electrical and solar photovoltaic consultants and contractors, according to a statement.



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