Dubai Electricity and Water Authority collaborates with Eutelsat to develop the Space-D program, including the DEWA-SAT1 nanosatellites - Dubai Government Media Office

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority collaborates with Eutelsat to develop the Space-D program, including the DEWA-SAT1 nanosatellites – Dubai Government Media Office

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Eutelsat, the global French satellite operator, to provide technical support for DEWA’s Space-D program and DEWA’s 3U nanosatellite DEWA-SAT1. This will help develop Internet of Things (IoT) terminals for nanosatellites and enhance connectivity between DEWA and nanosatellites assets.

The collaboration aims to explore the potential integration of Eutelsat Earth Low Orbit (ELO) satellites with the Space-D program and the expansion of the nanosatellites fleet of both parties. The two parties will design, develop and implement the first use case at DEWA’s Research and Development (R&D) center that combines the use of Eutelsat ELO and IoT sensors and the development of use cases for the advancement of the utilities sector worldwide.

His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said that DEWA’s Space-D program has contributed to enhancing DEWA’s flexibility and flexibility in managing and monitoring electricity and water networks, since its launch by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in January 2021. The program also helps reduce costs, improve asset utilization and management, and proactively support its network. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority was the first facility in the world to use nanosatellites to enhance the maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks. The launch of the U3 nanosatellite enabled the R&D team to gain the latest knowledge and expertise to understand the effectiveness and value of the array of IoT nanosatellites in supporting utilities such as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority to improve the management of the electricity grid and water transmission and distribution networks. The program also aims to train Emirati professionals to develop a constellation of nanosatellites to serve the work of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and the global utilities market. Al Tayer pointed out that IoT satellite technology is complementary to the terrestrial Internet of Things (IoT) communications network and will enable the expansion of IoT in the smart grid and water networks. This will improve the efficiency of DEWA’s operations, and support the digitization of energy and water transmission and distribution networks. It will also integrate IoT data using DEWA’s cloud services.

“Our goal after this success, is that DEWA through our commercial partners, can provide satellite service as a service to the global utilities industry and benefit from the developed expertise in building satellite technology, providing data for network and water operators and using specialized facilities-cases to improve their operations and planning and support their digitization journey. Through Space-D, DEWA is looking into using space technology to support utilities to improve their operations and planning. This will support sustainable development and a green economy in the UAE and around the world. DEWA researchers develop specialized use cases that apply to electricity and water generation, transmission and distribution systems. Al Tayer added: We are leveraging Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as the Internet of Things, data analytics, artificial intelligence and blockchain to provide value from the data received from our IoT terminals via the network of the constellation of satellites.

The Space-D program aims to build the capacity of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and train Emirati competencies to use space technologies to enhance electricity and water networks. The program makes use of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as IoT, AI, and blockchain to exchange information with the help of satellite communication and Earth observation technologies. The program allows monitoring of the performance and effectiveness of solar panels at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single solar site in the world. Waleed bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Our Research and Development Center works within the Space-D program to develop many specialized use cases for networks and water systems. This improves energy planning for generation and transmission,” said Dr. Ali Rashid Al Aleeli, Vice President for Research and Development, Business Development and Excellence at DEWA.

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