Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has launched 30 initiatives and activities as part of Dewa’s Innovation Week, running from November 22 to 28, reported Trade Arabia.

“Dewa continues to pursue an innovative approach, and to build its future strategic plans to support sustainable development in Dubai. Dewa has adopted innovation within its strategy for 2021, and has adopted Strategic Innovation as one of 5 major pillars of Dewa’s Strategic Plan 2021. We aim to achieve the goals of our strategy by the time we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our Union,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, in his opening address.

“Dewa’s innovative projects have led it to become an international model of excellence in innovation of service development, management and technical efficiency. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the biggest single-site solar project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. Working in cooperation with the private sector, we want the Solar Park to have a capacity of 3,000 megawatts by 2030,” he said.

“We are also advancing our smart grid project to connect over one million smart meters to a smart integrated electricity and water grid. Starting from the main production stations, all the way to the end consumer point, the smart grid will host a wide range of applications to manage consumption with the highest levels of efficiency. At Dewa, we are proud of the progress we have made with the Green Charger initiative, to establish an effective infrastructure for electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions and to achieve the Emirate’s sustainability goals. The Shams Dubai initiative is another practical example of the success of our innovation strategy,” he explained.

“I want to thank the national universities and teams that participated in the Dewa 2021 graphic design competition, which we launched as part of UAE Innovation Week, to give students the opportunity to share their innovation and ideas with an audience, to reflect the five strategic pillars within Dewa’s Strategic Plan 2021”, he went on to say.

According to Emirates 24/7 Innovation Week was launched in collaboration with universities, entrepreneurs, and innovators in water and power and with the participation of international spokespeople who specialize in energy, sustainability and water innovation.

The event will also host an Innovation Conference and a Build-It-Yourself Robotics Kits competition for schoolchildren from the age of six, up to high-school age.

There was also a Government Innovation Lab, a real-time ‘Innovation Exhibition’ so that innovators and emerging companies will receive updates about the latest innovations to support the work, an ‘I Talk’ forum with high-profile guest speakers and a ‘Design Thinking Lab’ that comprises a series of workshops, spread over three days using the ‘Better Today’ design thinking methods.

Also showcased were services and products which are not yet on the market, and the latest research and technical concepts.