DUBAI � The UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia, has announced its co-operation with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, to complete the development of a reverse osmosis water desalination plant using solar photovoltaic, PV.

The plant will have a capacity of 50 m3/day, with 7 hours of power storage at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar project in the world.

This is part of Suqia's efforts, under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, to find innovative and effective solutions to serve areas suffering from drought and a lack of clean-water. It also seeks to highlight the role of renewable energy in providing safe water for people around the world.

The project, which reflects Suqia's efforts in research and development to find sustainable and innovative solutions to the scarcity of clean water, relies on a hybrid energy system combining PV cells of 100 kW and a power storage system (batteries) with a capacity of 520 kWh.

Speaking about the project, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UAE Water Aid Foundation and MD & CEO of DEWA, said, "This is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to support innovation and humanitarian action worldwide and strengthen the UAE's role in the continuous launch of initiatives and humanitarian assistance to improve the living conditions of poor societies.

"This co-operation, between Suqia and DEWA, is keen to raise awareness on the importance of finding sustainable and effective solutions to serve the drought-stricken areas and to highlight the role of renewable energy in achieving sustainable development. This is part of Suqia's commitment towards strengthening the global role of our leadership in addressing the challenges facing humanity, and providing support and humanitarian assistance throughout the world, in line with the 2030 Agenda of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals," he added.

DEWA also signed a memorandum of understanding, MoU, with Khalifa University, to engage university students in this joint venture and to refine their skills in developing research projects in the field of clean energy and sustainability. Students will benefit from the scientific research programmes, which will be developed by DEWA and Khalifa University. The two parties will co-operate in organising conferences, workshops, competitions, and exhibitions, in addition to designing innovative training courses, as well as studying students' projects and developing them.

Students and faculty members of Khalifa University conducted two field visits to the solar park to study the work of the station and discuss several joint projects proposed by the university. DEWA intends to examine the feasibility of executing and developing a joint implementation plan.

This is the second joint project between Suqia and DEWA. Both parties had previously co-operated in the development of the reverse osmosis desalination plant powered by solar photovoltaic.

Source: Emirates News Agency