A high-level delegation, headed by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), discussed collaboration with France’s Colas Group in Research and Development (R&D). The deal seeks to produce clean energy from photovoltaic cells that are installed on road surfaces. The delegation also discussed developing smart lighting poles in collaboration with France’s Ragni Group.
The two sides discussed collaboration in R&D in photovoltaic panels and working with the R&D Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. Colas presented Wattway, an innovation developed in collaboration with the French National Energy Institute, where solar cells installed on road surfaces transform them into solar roads that produce clean energy.
In Nice, Al Tayer witnessed signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Innogy International Middle East, established by DEWA, and Europe’s Innogy, and Ragni Group, a leading French lighting company.
The MoU aims to design and implement smart lighting poles that combine many innovative features that enhance the transformation towards the smart city.
“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,” said Al Tayer.
“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,” Al Tayer noted.
The smart poles will be produced in the first quarter of 2018 and combine multiple innovative features that support smart and green mobility, autonomous driving, Wi-Fi internet, Internet of Things (IoT), energy-saving lighting, environmental intelligence, and other innovative features according to Al Tayer.
Steps towards 2050
These initiatives are aimed at meeting the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which looks to generate seven per cent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75 per cent by 2050, in addition to making Dubai the city with lowest carbon footprint in the world.