Dubai eyes floating solar PV station for its deep tunnel

Dubai eyes floating solar PV station for its deep tunnel
Published: 22 July 2019 - 12:55 p.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) are exploring the installation of a floating photovoltaic solar panel on the municipality’s deep tunnel rainwater drainage lakes – a project that is now 50% complete – with a floating station on artificial water bodies near Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) expected to boost clean energy in the emirate.

Dawoud Al Hajiri, director general of Dubai Municipality, said the project to establish a solar lake in partnership with Dewa would spur the production of clean energy, with the DWC floating station ensuring that lakes receive rainwater and surface water from neighbouring areas that can be stored and discharged to the deep tunnel.

Al Hajiri said the system would be “of great importance” and work as “a sustainable solution to produce electricity in clean ways”.

Additionally, the presence of the station on the water would help reduce the heat around solar panels, thus boosting their efficiency.

Dewa has already floated a consultancy tender to study, develop, and establish floating solar power plants in the Arabian Gulf.

Commenting on the joint project, Al Hajiri said: “With the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai has become one of the leading cities in the development of the renewable and clean energy sector and in the creation of innovative ways and means to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector as well as rationalising the consumption of natural resources and finding alternative solutions to conventional energy in support of sustainable development in the emirate.

“The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness, aims to diversify the energy sources in the emirate, and we at Dubai Municipality are working to achieve the ambitious vision of our leadership in the framework of the approved strategies and plans, including the UAE Vision 2021, Emirates C 2071, and the Dubai Plan 2021.”

Dewa’s managing director and chief executive officer, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, added in a municipality statement: “We are keen to strengthen cooperation between various government agencies through this project with Dubai Municipality to raise Dubai to the top of the world rankings in various fields.

“Hence, Dewa adopts an integrated strategy, innovative plans and frameworks to attract innovative solutions and the latest technology and systems and put them in the context of promoting the sustainable development.”

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