22 January 2020
Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA) has won 3 trophies at the 15th Asian Power Awards in three categories, at a ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This new achievement underscores DEWA’s excellence and leadership in the global energy sector.
DEWA has won Smart Grid Project of the Year for its work on the Dewa Smart Grid Station, which uses a variety of smart grid technologies to generate power through renewable sources, such as solar, and wind power to maximise energy efficiency through real-time monitoring of control systems, especially during peak load, to transform and control load, and water conservation.
It also won Environmental Upgrade of the Year for the DEWA Substation Sustainable Initiative associated with green energy projects, and Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year for the Distribution Substation Automation.
HE Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, congratulated the teams working on the three winning projects. “DEWA’s accomplishment at the Asian Power Awards reaffirms our efforts to enhance the UAE's international prestigious position in the field of sustainable development and green economy, and its commitment to achieve 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 smartest and happiest city in the world,” said Al Tayer.
“DEWA is committed to the UAE Centennial 2071, UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to establish Dubai as a smart and sustainable city, by finding a balance between sustainable development and environmental preservation for generations to come. In line with our vision to become a globally leading sustainable innovative corporation, we seek to shape the future of the local, regional, and global energy sectors. We will do this through government innovation and by keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adopting innovative disruptive technologies in various fields, including AI, Robotics, IoT, and 3D printing to anticipate and shape the future of energy,” added Al Tayer.
“We are committed to provide extraordinary energy infrastructure to meet all needs of sustainable development in the Emirate, establish electricity and water and renewable energy projects based on best international standards of efficiency, availability and reliability. Winning the Environmental Upgrade of the Year for DEWA Substation Sustainable Initiative shows our excellence in public facilities and the priority we give to innovation to improve our performance. This has streamlined the testing of high-voltage cables in the transmission stations between the transformer and the gas-insulated switches; in addition to reducing the cost and work that includes the use of SF6 gas by 85% in the gas-insulated key room rather than installing multiple test adapters, thereby simplifying test operations, through a world-class electricity and water infrastructure in the Emirate. This will showcase Dubai’s state-of-the-art public facilities as well as its focus on renewable energy. We are also building a wide and integrated smart grid, that is a key component of our strategy to develop an advanced infrastructure to support Dubai's efforts to become a smart and happy city. The smart grid strategy contains 10 programmes to be completed over the short, medium and long-term by 2035. These programmes are Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Electricity, Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Water, Asset Management, Distribution Automation, Information Technology Infrastructure, Transmission Automation, System Integration, Telecommunications, Big Data and Analytics, and Security. This will help us to serve our customers better, by identifying opportunities for future improvements within our sector,” concluded Al Tayer.
In 2018, DEWA won two awards in the ‘Transmission & Distribution Project of the Year’ and ‘Smart Grid Project of the Year’ categories. The Asian Power Awards witnesses immense competition between many organisations, under the supervision of a jury of international energy experts. The Awards are considered one of the most prestigious awards in the electricity field in Asia.