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Dubai to install smart light poles

Initiatives support efforts to promote Dubai’s sustainable development as well national efforts to increase reliance on clean energy

Dewa leads the way in renewable energy thanks to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Dewa leads the way in renewable energy thanks to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has entered a series of discussions with French companies over their potential collaboration in the areas of research and development (R&D), smart lighting poles, and solar roads.


A delegation, headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dewa, travelled to Paris to hold talks with France’s Colas Group about producing clean energy from photovoltaic cells that are installed on road surfaces and developing smart lighting poles in partnership with the Ragni Group.


The parties also discussed collaboration in working with the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.


During the meeting, Colas presented Wattway -- developed in collaboration with the French National Energy Institute – solar cell panels installed on existing road surfaces transforming them into ‘solar roads’ that produce clean energy.


The panels, which are a few millimetres thick, can endure all types of vehicle loads without being damaged. The technology is expected to be further developed to be used for charging electric vehicles that travel on these roads.”


Dewa has also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ragni Group between Innogy International Middle East, which was established by Dewa and Europe’s Innogy, and lighting company Ragni Group. Under the terms they will design and implement smart lighting poles that combine multiple innovative features that support smart-city infrastructure. The smart poles will be produced in the first quarter of 2018.


“Dubai is one of the pioneering cities in innovating new techniques and practices to improve energy efficiency and developing alternative solutions for conventional energy. Dewa leads the Fourth Industrial Revolution in renewable energy through the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, said Al Tayer.


“These innovative initiatives support Dewa’s effort to promote Dubai’s sustainable and comprehensive development as well as national efforts to increase reliance on clean energy, protect the environment and sustain our natural resources. This is part of our efforts to achieve the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city, and the preferred place to live, work, and visit.”


The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 aims to generate 7 per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, and to make Dubai the city with lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.



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