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Environment & Energy | Tuesday 21 April, 2015 5:34 pm |

WETEX 2015 begins at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

1,696 exhibitors from 46 countries participate in the largest show to date at WETEX 2015

The Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (WETEX) 2015 begins today (Tuesday 21 April) at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

WETEX 2015 is organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), under the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of DEWA.

DEWA has invited the public to visit the exhibition, which will continue until Thursday 23 April, and is free of charge. This year's WETEX is held under the umbrella of the 2nd Green Week, which starts today and continues until 27 April, an initiative launched by DEWA last year consisting of a series of events related to the sectors of energy, water and the environment. It includes, in addition to WETEX, the World Green Economy Summit (WGES), the Arab Oil and Gas Show 2015, and SmarTech that covers new technologies in water, energy, environmental sustainability and conservation sectors, in addition to 30 seminars involving experts in the fields of energy, water, environment, oil, gas and green development.

Green Week activities will continue after WETEX at Mirdif City Centre, consisting of activities for DEWA's customers, and the citizens, residents and institutions of Dubai.

WETEX will be held in 9 halls including Zabeel Hall, and Halls 1 to 8. DEWA's booth will be in Zabeel Hall and sponsors of the exhibition are distributed strategically throughout the exhibition, which has a total area of 55,000 square metres.

WETEX has attracted 1,696 exhibitors from 46 countries, 53 sponsors, and has considerable support from organisations from the private and public sector, locally and internationally.

DEWA will showcase during WETEX a number of its projects and initiatives including:

• The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park:
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is one of the key strategic renewable energy projects in the world. It is based on the independent power producer (IPP) model, with a planned total capacity of 1,000MW by 2019 and 3,000MW by 2030. The 13MW first phase became operational on 22 October 2013, with the 200MW second phase operational by 2017.

• Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
The centre will consolidate the nation’s capabilities in the energy sector and further the competitiveness of business in the Emirate, develop renewable energy technologies, promote the energy sector in the region, spread awareness about climate change and sustainable energy, and educate society about solar energy with interactive presentations and educational field visits for guests.

• The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Research and Development Centre (R&D) and Solar-Testing Facility
This project aims to develop research relevant to renewable energy and efficient use of energy technologies and innovations as well as learning in the renewable energy sector. It also aims to increase awareness about climate change and sustainable energy.

• Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project
The Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project has a production capacity of 1,200MW production capacity. The project is due to become operational in 2020. In 2030, the clean coal will contribute to the production of 7% from the overall production of energy in Dubai.

DEWA has launched 3 key initiatives in line with the Smart Dubai initiative issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world over the next three years.

Shams Dubai will encourage tenants and building owners to install photovoltaic solar panels to generate electricity. DEWA will connect the system to its network. The electricity will be used onsite and the surplus is exported to DEWA’s grid.

• Smart Applications through Smart Meters
By introducing smart meters and applications, DEWA will provide various benefits and new applications to its customers, including fast service connectivity, quick response through instant re-connectivity of electricity, and rationalising consumption by using smart meters to achieve happiness of citizens and residents and support sustainability of resources.

• Infrastructure and Electric Vehicles Charging Stations:
The initiative includes building the infrastructure needed to introduce electric vehicles in Dubai, and the first phase is to establish 100 charging stations across the city this year.

• Smart Grids

Smart Grids is an innovative concept that will redefine the way energy is consumed in different fields, with the aim of transforming Dubai into a smarter city and more energy-efficient by building one of the best grids in the world.

• The Sirb (Arabic for fleet) initiative
An initiative to introduce the use of drones to drive efficiency across its infrastructure projects.This initiative will improve DEWA's operational efficiency by accelerating operations, increasing safety during regular network testing and maintenance, and accurately detecting failures. It will also help in monitoring generation, in field surveys for new projects, and in new connections for buildings and facilities in Dubai.

The drones provide early detection by using thermal imaging for overhead power lines. This limits risks and reduces costs, enables a quick response and is very accurate, making it easier to make informed decisions. The drones use state-of-the-art upgradable technologies such as high-definition cameras that are equipped with night-vision and laser technologies, GPS sensors, and can measure pressure, height, magnetic fields, and use ultrasound scanning.

WETEX 2015 is expected to attract more than 25,000 visitors over 3 days. Many deals are also anticipated between sponsors and participants throughout the show.

DEWA’s efforts at WETEX are intended to support the UAE Vision 2021 to make the UAE one of the best countries in the world and also is aligned with the Dubai Plan 2021 to transform Dubai into a Smart and Sustainable City.
Dubai is moving towards the sustainable use of its resources and has a clean, and healthy environment. DEWA links this key objective to providing energy and water services to the residents and visitors of Dubai, utilising the best techniques and offering a holistic concept for lifestyle in terms of environmental sustainability and this goes in harmony with the theme of this year’s WETEX, ‘At the Forefront of Sustainability.’

B2B Meetings
DEWA has created this year an innovative concept, a business-to-business (B2B) feature to arrange meetings between exhibitors and visitors during WETEX 2015. The new concept aims to provide an ideal environment for meetings between visitors and exhibitors during the exhibition.
Through this feature, DEWA aims to facilitate communications between sponsors, exhibitors and those interested in the exhibition, as well as providing opportunities for exhibitors to expand their business and increase awareness about their companies as well as developing partnerships.
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