Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the French electricity company (Électricité de France) to enhance further co-operation and facilitate exchanging of expertise in areas of mutual interest.
It supports Dewa’s efforts to build strategic partnerships that employ regional and international capabilities to drive sustainable development, tackle climate change, and enhance energy efficiency, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of Dewa, after signing the agreement with Antoine Cahuzac, senior executive vice president of Renewable Energies at EDF during the World Future Energy Summit 2017 (WFES).
The signing took place at Dewa’s stand in the presence of Michel Miraillet, ambassador of France to the UAE.
As per the deal, Dewa and EDF will work together in research and development (R&D) in energy system integration, energy storage, renewable energy, distributed energy resources, demand response, energy resilience, disaster recovery, electric vehicle charging stations, and laboratory infrastructure development.
"Establishing a strategic partnership with a leading organisation such as EDF, which has a proven track record of achievements in electricity and R&D, supports Dewa’s commitment to adopting the latest technological innovations and benefiting from international best practices," remarked Al Tayer.
"We strive to enhance co-operation in R&D, and exchange expertise in areas of mutual interest. This will contribute to innovating analytical methodologies, and improving tools to develop innovative solutions to increase energy efficiency and further promote renewable energy use," he stated.
Cahuzac said the French power group will focus on major R&D topics besides promoting smart grid development, and renewable resources integration.
"This is key for the low carbon future of Dubai. We are convinced that this MoU is the first step towards a long-lasting and significant cooperation between EDF and Dewa," he added.