HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), welcomed a high-level delegation from the Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Dubai, headed by HE Sybille Pfaff, the new German Consul General to Dubai. The delegation included Oliver Oehms, CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK).
Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence and Marwan bin Haidar, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, attended the meeting at DEWA’s headquarters.
At the onset of the meeting, Al Tayer welcomed Germany’s Consul General, affirming DEWA’s keenness to consolidate cooperation with all diplomatic and consular missions in the UAE and wished HE Sybille Pfaff all success in her diplomatic mission to strengthen collaboration between the two countries at all levels.
During the meeting, Al Tayer highlighted the ambitious initiatives and innovative development projects that DEWA is implementing to achieve the vision of the wise leadership to enhance sustainability and the shift towards a sustainable green economy by diversifying energy sources and increasing the share of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix. This achieves the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of Dubai’s total power production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
Al Tayer explained that the production capacity of clean energy in Dubai is about 14% of Dubai’s total power production capacity. The production capacity of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is 2,027 megawatts (MW) using photovoltaic solar power (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). The solar park’s capacity, which DEWA is implementing, is the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It will have a production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030.
Al Tayer also highlighted DEWA’s efforts in using the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as well as the ‘Green Charger’ stations for electric vehicles. DEWA has installed around 350 Green Chargers across Dubai to support green mobility in Dubai and the UAE.
Al Tayer emphasised the importance of cooperation between DEWA and German companies as well as exchanging best experiences and practices in the energy, water, and sustainability sectors, and further developing this cooperation. He noted that DEWA has strategic partnerships with many German companies in conventional and renewable energy R&D. DEWA has an ongoing strategic partnership with Siemens for over 30 years.
They collaborate in a wide range of sectors, mostly technological solutions for power generation. DEWA has also implemented the Green Hydrogen project, in cooperation with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy. This is first project of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to produce green hydrogen using solar energy.
The German Consul General commended DEWA’s efforts and prominent role in promoting the sustainable development of Dubai. She thanked Al Tayer for the opportunity to discuss cooperation and promote bilateral relations.