DUBAI,- The Shams Dubai Initiative will highlight at the Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2016), the latest innovations and provide unique platforms to build partnerships among government and private sectors for sustainable energy solutions.

Shams Dubai aims to encourage the use of renewable energy and increase its share in the energy mix.

Organised by DEWA from 4th to 6th October, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event will also coincide with the inaugural edition of Dubai Solar Show, which is a key platform for the solar energy sector.

The use of PV panels to produce energy is growing around the world. Following the success of large utility scale projects, Solar PV is now being used on individual homes and rooftops. It is now common for residential and commercial buildings to generate electricity from solar panels and transfer any surplus back to the electricity grid.

PV energy systems use photo voltaic cells to convert sunlight into electrical energy. These cells are made of semiconductors, used to assemble PV modules (components used in PV systems). A range of factors influence the performance and benefits of a solar PV system, including the direction of the surface of the building, the level of shade, and surface, as well as the type and size of equipment used.

"We are working on diversifying our energy mix, in line with the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is in line with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 which aims to diversify and develop energy resources, ensure renewable and sustainable energy resources, and a healthy environment, by achieving the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021," said Saeed Mohamed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

"Solar energy is a renewable form of energy that is clean, safe, unlimited and does not cause carbon emissions, and is therefore sustainable for our environment. It also reduces our dependence on conventional energy such as gas, oil and coal," he added.

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake took some incredible photos of Dubai and Palm Jumeirah from a space station recently. He tweeted, "Here's #Dubai at night - always easy to recognise."

That picture will be even brighter with the Shams Dubai initiative once Dubai's rooftops glimmer with photovoltaic (PV) panels, which are connected to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA's) grid.

Source: Emirates News Agency