World : Dubai transitions to smart power plants

Dubai is accelerating its transformation to a smart city with success already being registered in its power utilities sector.

The emirate has now converted all its independent operating power stations into a network of smart grid enabled power plants.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), which is behind the emirate’s utilities transformation, is making strategic steps to adopt new technologies in line with the UAE National Innovation Strategy that aims to make UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world.

The project involves the development of information systems at each station to transmit joint performance data, as well as the development of the one-way data diode (ODD) and using it to protect each station from cyber-attacks.

Designed in 2014, the DEWA Smart Power Plants system has transformed its existing power station data into a series of reports that can be used by DEWA specialists to support their decision-making, and transform the huge amount of data into an innovative graphic display.

This provides a comprehensive and transparent real-time view of the status of stations, so that staff can analyse problems such as technical failures, and support rapid and accurate decision-making, especially during emergency situations.

“Within the framework of our vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility, we are actively promoting and implementing initiatives to develop data systems in an innovative way,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

“This system, which has gained local and global recognition for its high level of innovation, has been a core factor in DEWA achieving the world's leading service standards for the services it currently provides.”

The smart power plant system is utilising DEWA’s manpower, expertise and knowledge, which it then applies to its functions. It then uses the data to analyse events and issue smart reports, providing an advanced level of support to decision makers.

DEWA Smart Power Plants system allows for the monitoring of equipment at each station and compares it with other stations, which speeds the process of finding solutions to various technical glitches.


Source :

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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