Dubai's Supreme Council evaluates renewable energy plans

Phases of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park were discussed at the meeting.

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The 76th meeting of the Council was presided over virtually by DSCE Chairman H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in the presence of DSCE Vice Chairman Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

Dawood Al Hajri, the Director General of Dubai Municipality; Abdulla bin Kalban, the Managing Director of Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); Saif Humaid Al Falasi, the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC); Juan-Pablo Freile, the General Manager of Dubai Petroleum; and Hussain Al Banna, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Strategy & Corporate Governance Sector at the Rostamani Group, were all present.

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Renewable Energy by wind turbine for green energy

As part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, the discussion addressed the development of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park stages to supply all of Dubai's electricity needs with renewable energy by the year 2050. With an additional 533 MW in the works, the solar park is now capable of producing 2,327 MW. DEWA also revealed plans for the solar park's sixth, 1,800-megawatt phase, which will bring the total installed capacity up to 5,100 megawatts by the year 2030. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is home to a dedicated R&D facility focused on enhancing the efficiency of solar panels, storage batteries, and photovoltaic cells.

Projects according to the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

All significant renewable and clean energy projects we conduct are in accordance with the vision and directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Photovoltaic solar panels, concentrated solar power, hydroelectric electricity, and green hydrogen are just few of the renewable energy sources that Saeed Al Tayer and company are investing heavily in.

The Hatta hydroelectric power plant, currently under construction by DEWA and at a 70% completion rate, was also mentioned at the meeting. The policy of diversifying energy sources and supporting sustainable development and a green economy was reviewed, as was the functioning of the region's first green hydrogen production facility. DEWA has launched the newest nanosatellites for its cloud computing network as part of its Space-D initiative. This improves the digitalization of power and water networks, as well as the effectiveness of planning, operation, and preventative maintenance in the generation, transmission, and distribution departments; smart grids, electric vehicle charging stations, and studies of solar radiation concentration and their integration with power plant operations via AI.

During the discussion, Emirates Gas updated us on their plan to enter the Dubai market using LPG composite cylinders. They're lightweight and quite secure. Five thousand cylinders were installed over the city of Dubai. The release of 5,000 cylinders around the Emirate was met with strong demand. "To guarantee safety and ease of use, we are switching from steel gas cylinders to composite gas cylinders, and a team from Emirates Gas is spreading awareness and promoting the benefits of this shift," explained Al Muhairbi.

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