DEWA uses drones to ensure solar photovoltaic panels are performing well at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, for example. Picture used for illustrative purpose. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA)’s Research and Development Centre has registered a new patent for an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) charging system that enables continuous charging for UAVs (drones) and thus provide longer flying hours with a large storage capacity.

The innovative system uses a group of UAVs to charge the main one through electromagnetic induction, the authority said on Sunday. The innovative system can be used for government, military, commercial, and personal operations. This is in addition to improving the efficiency of charging and facilitating the charging process.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, praised the researcher’s continuous efforts which have resulted in an innovative system to increase the efficiency of operations that use UAVs.

Al Tayer noted that patents registered by the R&D Centre support efforts to make the centre a global platform for promising technologies. This maintains DEWA’s position as one of the best utilities in the world. The system enriches the scientific community in Dubai and the UAE through spreading knowledge and qualifying Emirati researchers.

“At DEWA, we work to include innovation in our different strategies and initiatives,” said Al Tayer.

He said the new initiative is part of the Dubai 10X initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which mandates the Government of Dubai to be a global leader that is 10 years ahead of all other cities through government innovation and the reformation of traditional work mechanisms.

“We intend DEWA to keep pace with the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to shape the future and create a knowledge-based, competitive economy that uses innovation and future technologies,” added Al Tayer.

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Benefits of new system

Waleed Bin Salman, executive vice president of Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, said that the patent supports DEWA’s efforts to increase its UAV operations. These include automatic regular checking of photovoltaic modules at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park; the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.

DEWA uses UAVs (drones) to ensure solar photovoltaic panels are performing well. The new innovative system enables longer working hours for UAVs. It saves time and effort, increases productivity, and increases the accuracy of maintenance operations. The patent supports DEWA’s UAV fleet for its Sirb (Arabic for fleet) initiative and provides easier services according to the highest international standards to enhance the happiness of all stakeholders.

Dr Ali Rashid Al Aleeli, vice president R&D, Business Development and Excellence at DEWA, said the patent has been developed and tested at DEWA’s lab at the R&D Centre for robots and UAVs.

“The lab helped DEWA to achieve the Guinness World Records title for the first 3D-printed laboratory in the world. The lab is the first building in the UAE to be fully printed onsite. The lab houses rovers and drones that are designed and built in-house,” he said.