While there’s no shortage of hot sunny days in the MENA region and the United Arab Emirates in particular, it’s not enough to harness the sun’s energy using solar panels. The generated energy has to be stored somewhere so that it can be utilized when needed, instead of only when the sun is shining. That’s why the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Tesla have joined forces to install a Tesla battery energy storage system (BESS) at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, one of the world’s largest renewable projects in the world.
“The energy storage project using Tesla’s lithium-ion battery solution at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, aims to diversify the energy mix and enhance energy storage technologies,” said DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer.
Another goal of the pilot project is to evaluate the technical and economic capabilities of the technology and to test its role in the integration between clean energy and energy storage to achieve maximum efficiency and reliability.
Currently, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park can generate around 1 MW of electricity, but DEWA aims to expand it to 5 GW by the end of this decade. To put the number into perspective, a typical nuclear reactor produces approximately 1 GW of electricity.
DEWA is also working on other renewable projects, testing a sodium sulphur (NaS) energy solution and developing a 250 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station.
Together, these renewable projects aim to realize the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, whose goal is to produce more than 75 percent of Dubai’s energy requirements from clean, renewable sources to significantly reduce the city’s carbon footprint in the world.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.