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Dewa to build 4,000MW solar plant for Dubai's Museum of the Future

MoU between Dubai Future Foundation and Dewa to see utilities company design, build, and operate renewable energy facility

Museum of the Future will be powered by renewable energy.
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Museum of the Future will be powered by renewable energy.

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) will design, construct, and operate a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant to provide renewable energy for Museum of the Future, an under-construction development in the city designed to meet Leed Platinum rating.

Dewa’s agreement with developer Dubai Future Foundation will see it develop the plant that will deliver 4,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy for Museum of the Future.

As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Dewa will work in “an advisory role” that will see it providing solar energy technology, smart grid integration, energy efficiency, water treatment through renewables, artificial intelligence, and machine learning programmes in energy, water, and related utilities areas.

Research and development activities focused on academia and the industry will also be provided by Dewa, which will deliver “advanced energy and water technologies” for the museum.

The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, and HE Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation.

Dubai Future Foundation and Dewa signed the MoU [© DMO].

Commenting on the MoU, Dewa’s Al Tayer said: “We continue to work in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050 and provide 75% of the emirate’s total power output from clean energy sources by achieving the goals of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

“Through this agreement with Dubai Future Foundation, we are keen to strengthen cooperation between various government entities, to elevate Dubai’s position across all fields.”

According to Dubai Media Office, Dubai Future Foundation’s Belhoul said the MoU showcases the organisation’s “eagerness to employ modern technology”.

Belhoul added: “Museum of the Future will showcase the latest and most innovative solutions, and advanced technologies, to address global challenges and anticipate the future, presenting what the world will look like in the coming decades as well as being a touristic and urban landmark in Dubai.”

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