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.
Spotify Is Experimenting With Artist NFT Collections
According to a recent survey, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform.
NFT sales may have declined by 92 percent since September 2021, but that’s not stopping Spotify from experimenting with a new feature that lets artists display their non-fungible token (NFT) collections on the music streaming platform.
At the moment, only a small group of artists are taking part in the experiment, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats. What’s more, only select US users of the Spotify app for Android can see NFTs when they visit the profile pages of the aforementioned artists.
“Spotify is running a test in which it will help a small group of artists promote their existing third-party NFT offerings via their artist profiles,” said Spotify spokesperson. “We routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve artist and fan experiences.”
It’s important to point out that not all Spotify experiments result in new features. It all depends on the feedback the music streaming platform receives from users.
According to a survey some Spotify users have recently received, it seems that the currently tested NFT collections are just the first step toward a much broader implementation of NFTs into the platform. More specifically, Spotify seems to be thinking about allowing its users to directly purchase NFT art to support their favorite artists.
Considering how polarizing NFTs have been since their inception in 2014, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many Spotify users have immediately expressed their dissatisfaction with the idea of NFTs becoming part of the Spotify music listening experience.
Other large tech companies are also experimenting with NFTs. Instagram, for example, started testing NFT integration last week, allowing NFT creators and collectors to display their tokens on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg himself believes that NFTs and digital collectibles in general will play an integral role in the metaverse, the new iteration of the internet.