Emirati Engineers Leverage “Dubai Electricity” Research

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The Research and Development Center of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, within the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has been working on 59 research projects since 2019, and the center aims to strengthen Dubai’s position as a global center for research and development in the field of solar energy, smart grids, energy and water efficiency, And building capacities in these sectors to enable Dubai to meet the requirements of sustainable development in the emirate, by Emirati engineers attracted and trained by the authority .

Engineer Ali Ahmed Al Muhairi, BA in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Engineering with Distinction, University of Sharjah, said: “The Research and Development Center provides an ideal environment for research engineers to put what they have learned during their educational period on the ground apply, and is full of advanced labs that help work in every way. Professional”.

He added: “I have completed 3 years since my appointment in the Research and Development Center in the solar energy team, worked on many researches and projects and participated in many international conferences. The center also provides advanced laboratories for solar energy, which are unique in the world , which encourages us. As we are looking to work professionally and professionally, in addition to refining and developing our research skills.”

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Engineer Noura Al Hammadi, Research and Development Technologist at the Research and Development Center, for her part, said: My collaboration with experts at the Center contributed to refining my technical and administrative skills, especially in the area of ​​my research publications, and my research in the field of energy efficiency is in line with the goals of the UAE, which include the development of smart cities, and the consolidation of the country’s position as a global destination for sustainability and the future, and my research topics include in improving energy efficiency, zero-energy buildings, and photovoltaic panels integrated into buildings.

Solar panel maintenance
For her part, Engineer Nawal Al Jasmi, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Sharjah and works as a researcher at the Research and Development Center, Fourth Industrial Revolution Department, said she was trained to design drones at Sanad Aviation Academy to launch. , and then obtained a drone pilot license from Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, and I applied what I learned about the basics of programming in my educational career in programming drones so that they are autonomous and self-driving.

patents
His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of the authority said: The center includes 44 male and female researchers, including 26 PhD and master’s degree holders, and the percentage of national researchers in the center is 71%. Since its launch, the center has published 102 research papers in international scientific conferences and international journals and magazines, and the center has so far registered 5 patents: a drone charging system (Drones), an innovative device for measuring the amount of water that can be extracted from the air, and a specialized innovative system In smart charging stations for electric cars, he added: The center’s work areas include “electricity production from clean and solar energy,” “smart grid integration,” “energy efficiency,” “water,” space technology and applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

space technology
Al Tayer explained: The center works within the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s “SpaceD” program to improve planning for energy production and transmission operations. It thus became the first service organization in the world to use nano-satellites to improve operations, maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks.

The centre, in collaboration with Infra X, the information and communication technology arm of the Authority’s “Digital DEWA”, and their technical partner, “Wild” company from the United Kingdom, developed LoRA IoT transmitters for the “DEWASat- 1” nano-satellite, and design The center has transmitters to connect the government’s assets directly to the satellite, and to match the applications of the government’s network, and to connect Internet of Things sensors with the government’s nano-satellites to connect, and to communicate in real-time with each of the existing terrestrial communication networks, such as the Internet of Things (LoRa IoT) network, managed by Infra X on the one hand and the Authority’s nano-satellites on the other, and thereby expanding the coverage of the network of LoRA IoT stations, which are specifically designed to communicate directly with the satellite without the need for ground stations. Based on the government’s Space D program, the center is working with the American Stanford University to develop an advanced system that enables short-term forecasting of the production capacity of photovoltaic solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex and the system. allows to reduce the prediction error to less than 10%.

green hydrogen
The authority also implemented the “Green Hydrogen” project in the external test facilities of the Research and Development Center, in cooperation with “Expo 2020 Dubai” and “Siemens Energy”.

first laboratory
He continued: The Research and Development Center includes several internal and external laboratories to study the performance and reliability of solar panels, and external laboratories include testing various solar panel technologies and verifying their performance, in addition to the laboratory for robots and drones , which contributed to the authority’s entry into the Guinness Book of Records for the first laboratory, It is built worldwide with 3D printing technology, and some of the most prominent in-house laboratories are the Electrical Testing Laboratory, the Mechanical Testing Laboratory, the Materials Testing Laboratory, the Solar . Radiation Simulation Laboratory, and the Solar Panel Lifetime Artificial Acceleration Laboratory.

3D printing
Through the center, the authority has developed infrastructure and advanced programs specialized in 3D printing and “additive manufacturing.” The authority is the first in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries to apply metal 3D printing technology using wires and threads, which is characterized by its high accuracy and its role in reducing time and costs, and improving productivity, efficiency, and improving innovation in the body. The authority adopts this technology as one of the innovative solutions for building models, manufacturing parts for the production, transport and distribution sectors, and supporting the digitization of its list of assets and equipment.

Using more than 16 3D printing systems, and more than 20 manufacturing materials (advanced materials, composite materials, metal alloys, engineering materials and ceramics), the center has succeeded in converting more than 35 parts to digital format, and manufacturing more than 2000 parts internally and send them to the work units of the Authority.

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