The R&D centre is a part of the Mohammed bin Rashid AL Maktoum Solar Park , the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model , The Centre focuses on four areas of research including producing electricity from solar power and other clean energy technologies; the integration of smart grids; energy efficiency, and water.
The R&D Centre covers over 4,400 square metres. Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Panels (BIPV) are installed on outer walls of the Centre to produce electricity from clean solar power. It also includes various labs and workshops such as a solar-radiation simulation lab, electronics lab, mechanical lab and chemicals lab. It has outdoor testing facilities to study the performance and reliability of solar panels.
The Centre includes a 3d printed lab, this is the first building in the UAE to be fully-printed onsite, and the first such 3D-printed laboratory building in the world.
The Innovation Centre:
DEWA is working to develop an Innovation Centre, equipped with the latest renewable and clean energy technologies. Through this, DEWA aims to raise awareness on sustainability, while enhancing national capabilities and increasing competitiveness. DEWA’s Innovation Centre will comprise four stories in addition to a ground floor, standing 90 metres tall. The Innovation Centre will be equipped with the latest clean and renewable energy technologies, and will serve as a museum and exhibition for solar energy.
Solar testing facility:
The solar park features two solar testing facilities: the first specialises in testing photovoltaic solar panels, while the second focuses on CSP. The facility is currently testing 30 photovoltaic panel types from global specialist manufacturers to check the properties, analyse the results, and use them in research and development. It collaborates with international organisations on soiling and dust mitigation on photovoltaic equipment. The solar testing facility will focus on mitigating the effects of dust, understanding the physical and chemical properties of dust, testing new methods, understanding the effects of dust on photovoltaic panels, establishing challenges, enhancing reliability and performance, and developing technology to withstand the weather conditions of the region.