Dewa chief executive inspects R&D centre at MBR Solar Park
R&D centre comprises a solar-radiation simulation lab, electronics lab, chemicals lab, and a 3D printed drone lab
Managing director and chief executive officer of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer visited the Research and Development (R&D) Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park) as part of his field visits to assess Dewa projects.
The R&D centre is a two-storey building that covers 4.4km2 with a number of including a solar-radiation simulation lab, electronics lab, mechanical lab, chemicals lab, and a 3D printed drone lab, which is the first such lab in the world.
The research facility studies and tests system reliability and external field testing of technologies and equipment, including the study of PV modules performance; dust and soiling effects; and water desalination through PV RO methods.
The facility also focuses on research surrounding the production of electricity from solar power and other clean energy sources; the integration of smart grids; as well as energy efficiency.
Al Tayer – who was accompanied by Waleed Salman, executive vice president of Business Development and Excellence; Saif Almheiri, vice president of Research & Development; Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, vice president of Clean Energy & Diversification at Dewa; and other DEWA staff – was shown a demonstration of a combined water and power generation system during the inspection.