DEWA, GE sign MoU for 3D printing joint research
DEWA and GE Additive sign MoU to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for future projects
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GE Additive to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for future projects.
The MoU was signed at DEWA’s head office by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mohamed Ehteshami, Vice President for Additive Integration at GE Additive.
The agreement will support DEWA in its mission to deliver efficient, reliable and safe electricity and water services through smart future technologies.
Al Tayer said: "Through our research and development initiatives, we are optimising the potential of 3D printing and other technologies, and we are currently working to establish an R&D centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a total investment of $136m (AED500m) up to 2020.”
He added that the work of the centre revolves around four main areas of operation, which include the production of electricity from solar energy, smart grid integration, energy efficiency, and water.
The MoU represents DEWA’s vision to be a sustainable innovative world-class utility provider and strengthen the efficiency of electricity generation, distribution and transmission.
The agreement will also allow the two parties to develop ‘Made in Dubai’ future technologies as well as develop additive manufacturing technologies, rapid prototyping, digital technologies, including the Internet of Things and software development.
DEWA’s R&D Centre and Innovation and The Future Division will work closely with GE on embracing and encouraging disruptive innovation, and accelerating promising startups in new areas shaping the future of industry.
Part of the ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the global initiative aims to exploit 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.