Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) have started a collaboration with GE Additive by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for the upcoming Industrial Internet. This partnership is in line with DEWA’s initiatives towards sustainable solutions and improvement in electricity generation, distribution, and transmission.
HE Saed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA and Mohamed Ehteshami, Vice President for Additive Integration at GE Additive signed the MoU.
– The ‘Dubai 3D Printing Strategy’, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is a unique global initiative that aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030. We are working to keep pace with this strategy through accelerators and incubators that are creating prototypes, technological solutions and renewable energy technologies, in collaboration with the most successful international expertise, said Al Tayer.
He also added that total investment will be AED 500 million by 2020. The research and development will focus on optimizing the potential of 3D printing and other technologies. The goal is developing new technologies that would be classified as “Made in Dubai” and would revolve around electricity from solar energy, smart grid integration, energy efficiency, and water.
On the other hand, Ehteshami said that this was the first time GE has partnered with a utility provider and that this will result in unprecedented levels of productivity and development of complex industrial parts that are lighter, durable and more efficient.
– As a leading utility provider focused on sustainability, renewable energy, and smart grids, DEWA brings significant industry insights into the research that will help achieve new levels of power sector efficiency. We are honored to partner with DEWA on this path-breaking initiative that will be a game changer for the utility sector globally, added Ehteshami.
The two entities, together with the promising startups will work closely on research to develop additive manufacturing technologies, rapid prototyping, digital technologies, Internet of Things and software. Furthermore, they will conduct a research on artificial intelligence, robotics, and even climate change studies. Everything with the end goal to improve productivity and efficiency, sustainability and energy efficiency, conventional and renewable technologies in power and water and smart grid integration.
There is no doubt that this partnership will result in creating enhanced tools for national, regional and global energy, relying on mutual expertise, experience, and capabilities for analysis and policy support.