DEWA opens new Smart Grid Station
Smart Grid Station combines renewable energy production, storage with IoT sensors
DEWA's new Smart Grid Station (SGS) has been inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy.
The SGS, which was built in partnership with the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), provides real-time monitoring and control of several renewable energy sources including solar and wind power, to manage peak loads and increase efficiency in power and water distribution and consumption.
The SGS comprises a 200-kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic solar power production system; a 9-kilowatt (kW) wind turbine; and a 500-kilowatt hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery energy storage system, which stores energy for later use.
The station also includes over 2,000 sensors based on the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, and smart meters distributed throughout the facility to monitor power and water demand data in real-time for the purpose of improved energy and water management, with the potential to reduce demand when required by eliminating non-critical loads through smart lighting, smart power outlets, and smart air conditioning system.
The SGS is also integrated with a smart chiller system through a building management system, and a 100-tonne thermal energy storage system, which stores surplus cooling energy to be used when required, thereby reducing the demand on the smart chiller system.
His Highness was briefed by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA on the various sections of the SGS.
The SGS concept is scalable and allows for the development of individual smart buildings, groups of smart buildings and smart areas, which ensures the efficient reduction of electricity and water consumption as well as carbon emissions, thereby becoming a smart city.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by HE Ahmed Butti Al Muhairbi, Secretary General of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; Jonghwan Lee, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at KEPCO, a number of Executive Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents and senior staff at DEWA.
"We are working to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, as well as the objectives of UAE Centennial 2071, UAE Vision 2021, and the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a smart and sustainable city and for the Dubai Government to be a pioneering and excellent government. In line with our vision of being a leading sustainable innovative global corporation, we seek to shape the future of the energy sector locally, regionally, and globally through government innovation by keeping pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adopting innovative, disruptive techniques, such as artificial intelligence, IoT, robotics, and 3D printing," said Al Tayer.