A collaboration between DEWA and Stanford University to develop an advanced system to predict the production capacity of photovoltaic panels

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Based on its SpaceD program, DEWA is collaborating with Stanford University in the United States to develop a state-of-the-art system for short-term forecasting of the production capacity of photovoltaic solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, according to the independent product system. By 2030, it will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts.

The new system makes it possible to reduce the forecast error to less than 10%, supporting DEWA’s efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to achieve 75% of Dubai’s energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. The system is based on modern technologies such as 3D cloud systems; Dust measurement system based on artificial intelligence; deep learning; special high-resolution cameras located on the main satellite; And a network of monitoring stations scattered throughout the complex, aiming to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and climate factors, including brightness, clouds and dust movement, that affect the panels’ performance.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said: “In line with the vision of the wise leadership to shift to reliance on clean energy sources, and as part of our efforts to invest in solar energy projects, we are building a new phase of Emirati capabilities in space exploration, technology and related industries to leverage in strengthening Dubai’s electricity and water networks, and to ensure continued availability 100% of our services to the highest standards of availability, reliability, efficiency and durability, and in accordance with the guidelines of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the Ruler of the UAE of Dubai, may God protect him, we rely on innovation and sound scientific planning to contribute to make the United Arab Emirates the best country in the world by the centenary in the year 2071, and to realize the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness that provides a working platform for the Government of Dubai to the Emirate for future leadership, and make ten years ahead of the world’s cities.

His Excellency Al Tayer added: “DEWA is collaborating with Stanford University in the United States in a number of research and development areas, in which researchers participate in DEWA’s Research and Development Center, through DEWA’s membership of the “Taqa 3.0 Program of the University. Partnerships, especially with academia, leveraging all resources that can help shape the future, developing proactive long-term plans to keep pace with the fourth industrial revolution and innovating breakthrough technologies that contribute to providing world-class services that improve the quality of life in Dubai.”

For his part, engineer Walid Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence Sector at DEWA, ​​said: “This cutting-edge system is part of DEWA’s partnership with Stanford University, which includes research and development in renewable energy, smart grids, energy efficiency and storage, and energy analysis Data and others, in addition to sharing knowledge and experience to develop solutions to the world’s most pressing energy problems, are working to accelerate innovation and expand research and studies related to advanced energy technologies, in the field of joint research and studies in the field of renewable and alternative energy.”

dr. Saif Saeed Al Muhairi, Vice President – Research and Development at DEWA, ​​in turn said: “The Research and Development Center supports DEWA’s efforts to address the challenges of the energy sector in producing electricity from solar energy and clean energy, which supports the goals of the center to become a global platform for launching promising technologies and enriching the scientific community in Dubai, UAE and the world, in addition to refining knowledge and developing the talents and capabilities of Emirati researchers, to ensure the position of the authority is at the forefront of global service institutions.”

Professor Adam Brandt, Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, said: “We are delighted and honored to be working with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority on this leading solar energy project, which will contribute to the improving the predictability of photovoltaic solar panel production will help Dubai and the world at large transition to a green economy based on clean solar energy.”


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