The new German Consul-General to Dubai, Sybille Pfaff, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) MD and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer have discussed ways to expand cooperation between DEWA and German companies in the energy, water, and sustainability industries.
This occurred during a meeting between Al Tayer and a delegation from the German Consulate in Dubai led by Pfaff.
Al Tayer said that DEWA has strategic partnerships with a lot of German companies in conventional and renewable energy research and development. For over 30 years, DEWA has a strategic partnership with Siemens. They collaborate in numerous fields, primarily in the development of technological power generation solutions.
He stated that DEWA has also implemented the Green Hydrogen project with the assistance of Siemens Energy and Expo 2020 Dubai. Solar-powered green hydrogen production is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa.
Al Tayer emphasized DEWA’s ambitious initiatives and innovative development projects to achieve the wise leadership’s vision of enhancing sustainability and the shift toward a sustainable green economy by increasing the proportion of renewable and clean energy in Dubai’s energy mix and diversifying energy sources. By doing this, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 are realized, and by 2050, clean energy sources will account for 100 percent of Dubai’s total power production capacity.
Al Tayer explained that approximately 14% of Dubai’s total power production capacity is clean energy. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park uses photovoltaic solar power (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) to produce 2,027 megawatts (MW). DEWA’s solar park employing the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model has the largest capacity of any single-site solar park in the world. By 2030, it will have a 5,000 MW production capacity.
Additionally, he emphasized DEWA’s efforts to utilize the disruptive technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the “Green Charger” electric vehicle charging stations. To promote eco-friendly transportation in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates, DEWA has installed 350 Green Chargers throughout the city.
The German Consul-General gave DEWA high marks for its efforts and prominent role in promoting Dubai’s sustainable development. She thanked Al Tayer for giving her the chance to talk about cooperation and improve relations with him.
Oliver Oehms, CEO of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry and Commerce (AHK), was present at the meeting. Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence, Waleed bin Salman; and DEWA’s Executive Vice President for Innovation and the Future, Marwan bin Haidar.