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Dubai to Construct 3D Printing Labs for Drones at Solar Park

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has released an Expression of Interest for the construction of 3D printed labs at the emirate’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Based at the solar park’s R&D centre, these labs will conduct research on drones and 3D printing technologies.

DEWA has already been using drones for the last three year to monitor electricity and water production, transmission and distribution systems. The conducted research should lead to a better performance of photovoltaic panels in order to increase their efficiency and lower costs.

The R&C centre will feature four new labs including the Electronics, Software, Mechanical and Prototype Laboratory as well an outdoor flight-testing facility featuring a landing area equipped with sensors and a power, water and data line.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer

HE Saeed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “The EOI to construct the 3D-printed labs at the solar park reflects our efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030.”

The solar park, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region, is said to generate 1,000 megawatts by 2020 and 5,000 megawatts by 2030. DEWA manages and operates the solar park and invests AED 500 million ($ 136 million) into the new facilities.

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