Dubai Municipality looking at using ‘floating solar panels'

It’s part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050

Dubai Municipality looking at using ‘floating solar panels’

Dubai is looking for more sustainable ways to produce clean electricity, with the Dubai Municipality and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) looking into using floating solar panels.

Aimed to be set up at The Dubai Municipality Lakes (which are 50 percent complete), studies are already taking place with a view to installing a floating photovoltaic solar panel system on the deep tunnel rainwater drainage lakes, as reported by Arabian Business.

The station will also will help to reduce the heat surrounding the solar panels and raise their efficiency.

“The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aims to diversify the energy sources in the emirate, and we in 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,” said Dawoud Al Hajri, director general of Dubai Municipality.

DEWA is also interested in studying and establishing the floating solar power plants in the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

“Achieving the objectives of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 requires a production capacity of 42,000 MW of clean and renewable energy by 2050,” said MD and CEO of DEWA Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.

“DEWA has launched several ambitious initiatives and projects to achieve this goal, including the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is the world's largest renewable power plant in a single location, with a production capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030 with in-vestments of Dhs50 billion.”

While no plans have officially been set yet, it’s certainly a step forward in the future.

DEWA has also revealed its first ever virtual employee, Rammas – able to help customers via WhatsApp 24 hours a day.

For more about what the future of Dubai holds, a good start would be visiting the Expo 2020 site. Find out more right here.

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