Dubai body studies smart lighting and PV roads in France
DEWA is exploring the prospects for energy production through PV cells fitted on roads, and has also signed an MoU for smart lighting poles, with French companies
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been inked in Nice, France, to further the production of smart lighting poles for Dubai in the first quarter of 2018.
The MoU was signed between French company, Ragni Group, and Innogy Middle East, a company established by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Innogy.
Smart lighting poles fitted with features to support smart city infrastructure will be designed and implemented as part of the MoU.
DEWA's managing director and CEO, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said the lighting poles' features would support mobility, autonomous driving, energy-saving lighting, and environmental intelligence.
In addition, a delegation headed by Al Tayer also discussed collaboration opportunities with France's Colas Group.
The organisations are reported to have explored the scope for producing energy using photovoltaic (PV) cells installed on road surfaces.
Commenting on the concept, Al Tayer said: "We discussed with Colas Group a joint collaboration with the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and reviewed the Wattway technology to produce solar energy from panels that are installed on existing roads.
"These panels, which are a few millimetres thick, are durable and can endure all types of vehicle loads without being damaged.
"This innovative technology makes use of the road’s surface, without any need for special engineering work, [and] can be developed further in the future to be used for charging electric vehicles that travel on these roads."
Wattway is a Colas product developed in collaboration with the French National Energy Institute, according to Dubai Media Office.