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DEWA, KEPCO open smart grid station



Dubai / WAM

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) conducted a ground-breaking ceremony for the first phase of the Smart Grid Station (SGS) at DEWA’s green vehicle workshop in Ruwayyah, in partnership with Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO).
This new achievement reflects DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.
The ceremony was attended by Dr Aisha Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of the Smart Dubai Office, and Dr Hwan-Eik Cho, President and CEO of KEPCO, Woohyun Hwang, Senior Vice President of the Innovative Energy Business division, and other members of senior management at KEPCO. Abdullah Obaidullah, Executive Vice President of Water and Civil, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Rashid Bin Humaidan, Executive Vice President of Distribution Power, Dr Yousef Al Akraf, Executive Vice President of Business Support and Human Resources, and Marwan Bin Haider, Executive Vice President of Innovation and the Future at DEWA, also attended the ceremony, along with other staff from DEWA.
Al Tayer noted that the inauguration of the first phase of the Smart Grid Station at DEWA’s Green Vehicle Workshop in Ruwayyah, is a result of the cooperation between DEWA and KEPCO, to exchange skills and expertise to adopt the latest international standards for smart cities and smart grids. The Workshop is the largest environmentally-friendly vehicle workshop in the region and designed according to the US Green Building Council’s LEED specifications.
Al Tayer invited KEPCO to participate in more projects, including Research and Development (R&D), The Internet Of Things (IoT), Big data, and drones.
“The Smart Grid Station is a solid stepping stone to build towards the smart future of Dubai, it also enhances the smart infrastructure and Dubai’s position in energy efficiency and sustainable resources. This will contribute to achieving the happiness of citizens and residents, as well as support the sustainability of our resources,” said Al Tayer.
“The pilot project brings smart grids and smart buildings together. DEWA is exploring the concept of Smart Grid Stations, which connect smart buildings to each other to share information, to help improve energy and water efficiency and make optimal use of renewable energy within a smart city. Upon completing the project, we will cooperate with KEPCO to construct a group of smart residential buildings, further transforming Dubai into a smart city,” he added.
“This supports the Dubai Plan 2021, to make Dubai the preferred place to live, work, and visit, and our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility. DEWA works to enhance strategic partnerships with international organisations, to enhance Dubai and the UAE’s competitiveness by providing the best government services based on world-class standards to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction and happiness,” concluded Al Tayer.
“I’m very pleased to attend this ground-breaking ceremony. This is the result of mutual cooperation between DEWA and KEPCO. Through this project, both companies will greatly contribute to the development of new industries in the Middle East and over the world,” said Cho.
DEWA’s Smart Grid Station is a micro grid that combines all 3 of these smart initiatives. It also features several smart elements such as smart homes, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, an energy-storage system, a smart water system, a smart-cooling system, energy-demand units, distribution automation, smart devices, and smart lighting.

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