WETEX 2018 and Dubai Solar Show inaugurated
Both events will be held until 25 October 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), today inaugurated the 20th Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018) and the 3rd Dubai Solar Show.
Both events will be held until 25 October 2018 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC). The theme is 'At the forefront of sustainability,’ and under the umbrella of the 5th Green Week. The exhibitions cover 78,413 square metres with over 2,100 exhibitors from 53 countries and in conjunction with the 5th World Green Economy Summit.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Chairman of DEWA and other VIPs, toured the exhibition and were briefed about various innovations, solutions and new products such as energy and water desalination, green technologies, clean and renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and oil & gas.
During the tour of the exhibition area, His Highness visited the DEWA stand, which has a scale model of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. The solar park’s capacity is expected to reach 5,000MW by 2030, with investments of up to AED 50 billion. Upon completion, the solar park will help reduce over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum was also briefed on the model of the pumped storage hydroelectric power station, the first-of-its-kind in the Arabian Gulf that uses water stored in the Hatta Dam to generate up to 250 MW, the 400MW pumped hydro storage island in the Arabian Gulf, with 2,500MWh of storage capacity and a model of the region's first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility at DEWA, in cooperation with Siemens, DEWA’s outdoor testing facilities at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
DEWA stand also displays a Smart Grid Station (SGS) model, a modular concept that connects smart grids to smart buildings. DEWA is exploring the concept of SGSs, 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.
In addition to the 40 Million Imperial Gallons per Day (MIGD), Sea Water Reverse-Osmosis (SWRO)-based desalination plant, the third phase of the 590MW K-Station at Jebel Ali, and DEWA’s latest innovations and technologies in smart transformation, smart services and the continuous development of its operations, are also on display.
DEWA’s projects and initiatives include a GPS-guided autonomous bus, the Ma'rifa Collaboration Platform, DEWA smart applications, and Rammas, its virtual employee that answers customer queries in both English and Arabic on its smart app, website, Facebook and Amazon Alexa’s system and Google's Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform, in addition to Ebtikari, which encourages inventors and innovators from all over the world to send their innovations and ideas.
The Afkari portal allows DEWA’s staff to present their innovative ideas and vote on the best ideas, similar to social media sites. DEWA is also demonstrating its MORO Data Hub, a world-class data centre that offers services and managed business solutions to public and private companies in the UAE and the region, and a model of its Future Centre for Customer Happiness with its smart self-service booths, which aims to simplify transactions for customers.
At WETEX 2018, DEWA is also presenting the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 (SDME 2018), a global competition to design, build, and operate sustainable, cost- and-energy-efficient models of solar-powered homes, which will take place at the Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park at Seih Al Dahal in Dubai.
SDME 2018 is under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, from 14 to 29 November 2018. 15 teams representing 28 universities from 11 countries around the world are taking part.
Dubai is hosting the first and second competitions through a partnership between the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and DEWA with the US Department of Energy. The second competition will happen in 2020 in conjunction with Expo 2020 in Dubai.
DEWA also presented its Al Namoos service, which has been especially developed to provide consultants and contractors with electricity connections of up to 150 kilowatts (kW) in one step within 7 days. Also on display are DEWA’s smart initiatives to promote sustainable development. These include Shams Dubai, which was created to encourage customers to connect solar power in buildings by installing photovoltaic panels to produce electricity, with the surplus exported to DEWA’s grid.
To date, DEWA has connected its grid to 1,177 solar systems placed on the roofs of buildings in Dubai, including residential, commercial and industrial facilities, with a total capacity of 54.7MW. DEWA will increase this in the future to reach all buildings in the Emirate by 2030.
The Green Charger initiatives install electric vehicle charging stations to encourage people to buy environmentally-friendly cars. Recently, DEWA finished the installation of 200 electric vehicle charging stations at various locations in Dubai. DEWA is also showing the Women’s Museum, which displays the history of women in the UAE, their present, and everything related to the various aspects of their lives.
Over the last 19 years, WETEX has achieved great success and has managed to establish itself as one of the world's leading and most important exhibitions in water, environment and energy. In 2017, there were 1,950 companies from 50 countries exhibiting, while the area of the exhibition covered 70,000 square metres, attracting around 31,000 visitors and 75 sponsors.
To strengthen Dubai's position as a global model for investing in clean and renewable energy, WETEX has brought in best practices from across the region and around the world to display models of disruptive technology, the most advanced technologies for conserving energy and water, and research and development on clean energy and its uses.
Meanwhile, the Dubai Solar Show is an impetus to the international efforts to develop the solar power sector, which is a cornerstone of sustainability. The event highlights the most important energy initiatives in Dubai that are main pillars in implementing the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050. The show will focus on the solar projects led by Dubai and the UAE.
The Dubai Solar Show is also an ideal platform for service and municipal institutions, universities and educational institutions, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and specialists of solar systems installation, solar storage, developers of solar power projects the IPP model, and research and development (R&D) institutions, and engineering and consulting firms, to learn about the latest innovative technologies and modern trends in this promising industry.
WETEX has a dedicated hall for the Green Week, an event to raise awareness about the importance of saving water and electricity. Green Week provides effective initiatives and workshops for various segments of society to help them to better understand the importance of green practices.
Green Week is based on a clear vision of spreading a culture of sustainability among all groups and communities, especially school and university students.
WETEX 2018 is being supported by over 70 sponsors across six categories--diamond sponsors, titanium sponsors, strategic sponsors, platinum sponsors, gold sponsors, as well as media sponsors and partners, government sector partners, and a wide range of supporting institutions.