(DUBAI/FRANCE)

Dubai is powering ahead with its plans to be a world-leader in sustainable energy.

A high-level delegation from the emirate has been meeting with companies in France to develop collaborations which can help advance Dubai’s clean energy strategies and ambitions to be the number one destination for incorporating smart technologies.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), led the mission, with a visit to the Paris-based Colas Group, the company that developed the first solar road in the world, and to the Ragni Group in Nice, a pioneer in smart lighting.

Working with these businesses will help deliver the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050; an initiative aimed at ensuring a quarter of Dubai’s power output (expected to be 7% in 2020) comes from clean energy by 2030, rising to 75% by 2050. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, expected to attract investment of $14 billion and have a capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030, is a key element of this.

“We discussed with Colas Group a joint collaboration with the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and reviewed the Wattway technology to produce solar energy from panels that are installed on existing roads. These panels, which are a few millimetres thick, are durable and can endure all types of vehicle loads without being damaged. This innovative technology makes use of the road’s surface, without any need for special engineering work. The technology can be developed further in the future to be used for charging electric vehicles that travel on these roads,” said Al Tayer.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was also signed between Innogy International Middle East, set up by DEWA and Europe’s Innogy, and the Ragni Group.

Al Tayer added: “The MoU with Ragni Group to design and implement smart lighting poles, supports our efforts to provide a smart infrastructure that achieves society happiness. The smart poles that will be produced in the first quarter of 2018, combine multiple innovative features that support smart-city infrastructure according to the highest international standards. These features support smart and green mobility, autonomous driving, Wi-Fi internet, Internet of Things (IoT), energy-saving lighting, environmental intelligence, and other innovative features that streamline the smart-city transformation.”