Dubai’s DEWA to embrace artificial intelligence for digital utility

Dubai’s DEWA to embrace artificial intelligence for digital utility
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO, DEWA
Published: 15 March 2018 - 1:17 a.m.
By: Utilities ME Staff

The world’s first automated, artificial-intelligence-powered renewable energy digital utility is set to be established in Dubai.

The utility is proposed by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for the Dubai 10X Initiative, an ambitious venture overseen by the Dubai Future Foundation.

The "Digital DEWA" project – the Authority’s digital arm – re-imagines operational procedures for service providers, as well as disrupts the entire business model of a public utility by becoming the world’s first autonomous, renewable-energy utility offering AI-powered digital services.

DEWA said it is pioneering a new model of utility services leveraging innovation in renewable energy, energy storage, artificial intelligence, and digital services.

The Dubai 10X initiative seeks to place Dubai Government entities 10 years ahead of the rest of the world in all sectors.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA’s managing director and CEO, said: "We continuously seek to implement ambitious strategies, programs and plans in an effort to achieve the objectives of the UAE Centennial 2071, which outlined a long-term strategy to build a bright future for the Emirates.

"Continuing on our innovation-focused approach, DEWA is looking to build the world’s first autonomous renewable-energy digital utility, establishing it as a groundbreaking world-class project from Dubai."

He added: "Our 10X response will focus on four pillars to deliver a new utility experience for Dubai and the world - solar, energy storage, autonomous services, and digital, all in an effort to make Dubai a global model for clean energy and green economy and to leverage disruptive 4IR technologies, such as AI, unmanned aerial vehicles, energy storage, blockchain, and IoT, among others."

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