Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched the Smart Power Plant to develop its smart operations and achieve its vision to become a sustainable and innovative world-class utility.

“The launch of the Smart Power Plant is part of our efforts to speed up the transformation of Dubai into a smart city, in line with the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest city in the world. The Smart Power Plant will enhance the quality of life in Dubai and provide its community with efficient and reliable electricity and water services. DEWA’s three smart initiatives — Shams Dubai, Smart Applications through Smart Meters and Grids, and Green Charger — contribute to achieving smart transformation within the emirate by building smart grids to achieve its vision. It is the first network in the world to provide customers with generation, transmission and distribution systems,” Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, said.

“DEWA’s Smart Power Plant is a centralised information system that automatically gathers data from control systems in real time and is capable of functions such as watering plants using the One-Way Data Device, developed by DEWA’s internal staff. The operational system is clear and comprehensive, allowing quick analysis and fast decision-making to improve performance and prevent potential mishaps. Users can easily receive results at any time, and from any location, by the use of personal computers or other smart devices,” added Al Tayer.

The data gathered by power plants can be immediately calculated by the Smart Power Plant in real time, showing immediate results for major performance indicators such as production and performance. The system automatically issues technical and administrative reports, and sends immediate notifications regarding important events via email or SMS.

In 2014, DEWA won the UAE Ideas Award 2014 for promoting e-Government at the UAE. Ideas Conference, a team from DEWA’s Generation division, won the award for its One-Way Data Device that was custom-built for DEWA. The device ensures the safe transmission of data from power stations to a shared platform. This builds a knowledge base for decision-makers, enabling them to access data using smart devices.