DEWA, Stanford to build hitech PV system at Al Maktoum Solar Park

The new system reduces errors in the forecast to less than 10%, said a statement from Dewa.

  
DEWA Dubai’s electricity capacity reaches 12,900 MW and its water capacity reaches 490 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day, increasing more than tenfold for electricity and more than 8 times for water since the 1990s. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose

DEWA Dubai’s electricity capacity reaches 12,900 MW and its water capacity reaches 490 million imperial gallons of desalinated water per day, increasing more than tenfold for electricity and more than 8 times for water since the 1990s. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle. Image used for illustrative purpose

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (Dewa), using its Space-D programme, has collaborated with Stanford University to develop an advanced system to forecast Photovoltaic (PV) production in the short term at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030.

The new system reduces errors in the forecast to less than 10 per cent, said a statement from Dewa.

This supports the utility's efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

The system uses modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, high-density cameras on the main satellite and a network of metrological stations to predict irradiance, dust and cloud movement, which can affect PV performance, it added.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, said: "We are collaborating with Stanford University at Dewa’s R&D Centre through our membership in the Energy 3.0 programme from the university."

"The R&D centre focuses on enhancing partnerships, especially among the academic community and harnesses all capabilities to anticipate the future, develop long-term proactive plans to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and innovate disruptive technologies to provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai," he stated.

Prof Adam Brandt, Associate Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, expressed delight at the tieup with Dewa on this world-leading solar project.

"Improving the ability to forecast solar PV output will help not only Dubai but the entire world, as we shift increasingly to a clean solar-based economy," he noted.

Executive VP (Business Development and Excellence) Waleed Salman, said the collaboration also exchanges knowledge and experience to resolve critical energy issues worldwide, accelerate innovation, research and studies in advanced renewable and alternative energy.

"The R&D Centre supports Dewa’s efforts to overcome challenges in the energy sector when generating electricity from solar and clean energy," said Dr Saif Saeed Almheiri, Vice President of Research & Development at Dewa.

"This supports the Centre’s goals to become a global platform for promising solutions that enrich the scientific community in the UAE and the world," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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