15 January 2019
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Siemens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in Research and Development (R&D), exchange expertise and know-how, as well as building national capacities in energy technologies. The move builds on the strategic partnership between the two sides.
The MoU was signed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens Middle East. The signing ceremony was held at DEWA’s stand at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2019, where DEWA is participating as the Efficiency Partner of the 12th WFES.
According to the MoU, the two sides will pursue joint R&D activities in energy technologies including smart grids, the integration of renewable energy and distributed generation in the electricity grid, energy storage systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in energy production unit, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, robotics, cybersecurity, robotics, and smart buildings, as well as building national capacities in the energy sector.
“At DEWA, we strive to achieve the vision of our wise leadership to anticipate the future, and develop long-terms preemptive plans to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and innovate disruptive technologies that contribute to providing world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai. Our strategies and initiatives are in line with national plans and strategies. These include the UAE Centennial 2071, which is a long-term government plan to prepare the UAE for the future, the UAE Artificial Intelligence Strategy, to create productive, creative, and innovative environments, through the investment and application of AI technologies and tools, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, to diversify the energy mix and provide 75% of Dubai's total power output from clean sources by 2050, and the Dubai 10XInitiative, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and reformulation of traditional work mechanisms,” said Al Tayer.
“Signing the MoU with Siemens supports our strategic partnership which dates back over 30 years, especially technological solutions in energy production. The MoU supports DEWA’s commitment to adopting the latest technological innovations and benefiting from international best practices. We strive to enhance cooperation in R&D, and exchange expertise in areas of mutual interest. This will contribute to innovating analytical methodologies, and improving tools to develop innovative solutions to increase energy efficiency and further promote renewable energy use. This in turn, will contribute to achieving sustainable development and the protection of natural resources for generations to come,” added Al Tayer.
“Siemens and DEWA share a commitment to innovation and to bringing new technologies to the UAE. Globally, Siemens invests heavily in R&D, with 5.6 billion euros spent last fiscal and around 5.7 billion euros allocated for fiscal 2019. We are proud to be one of the biggest digital companies globally, bringing the benefits of our portfolio to business and society. DEWA, as a pioneer in the utilities space, is a strong partner for collaboration and we are excited to co-create advancements in shared fields of interest here in the United Arab Emirates,” said Siersdorfer.