July 2017

DEWA and GE Complete Workshop on 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Photo Source: DEWA

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recently completed a workshop on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. The workshop was done in collaboration with General Electric (GE) and is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) established between the two entities to collaborate in 3D printing, additive manufacturing and Industrial Internet technologies.

The workshop, in line with DEWA’s 3D printing strategy in cooperation with the GE Additive Manufacturing Unit, was attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President & CEO of GE Gulf, DEWA’s Executive Vice President and Vice President along with 50 DEWA staff and officials from GE Additive Manufacturing Unit.

During his keynote speech, HE Al Tayer said “This workshop supports our efforts to achieve the objectives of the Dubai 3D-Printing Strategy launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to exploit this promising technology to serve humanity and promote the status of the UAE as a leading hub of 3D printing technology. Our efforts in this supports DEWA's vision to become a sustainable innovative world-class utility that adopts world-class standards to improve efficiency in the production, transmission and distribution of energy and water, develop future services and projects that enhance DEWA’s position as one of the best utilities in the world, and enhance Dubai’s leading position globally. At DEWA, we work under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to develop long-term proactive plans to keep pace with disruptive technologies and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and provide world-class services that enhance the quality of life in Dubai.”

HE Al Tayer also added that at DEWA, a comprehensive strategy has been established to encourage creative ideas and proposals that are the foundations of DEWA’s organisational values.

He also added that DEWA is building a Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which includes a lab for drones and 3D printing research.

HE Al Tayer added that “The lab is the first building in UAE to be fully printed onsite and first 3D-printed laboratory building in the world. At DEWA, we adopt 3D printing technology as an in-house innovation solution to replace defective or broken non-metallic parts of electrical equipment”. According to HE Al Tayer, the adoption of 3D printing technology removes lead time for procurement, reduces costs, and heightens innovation at DEWA.

“DEWA builds capacity for 3D printing by collaborating with leading organisations such as General Electric and developing R&D in the use of 3D printing in utilities. We currently focus on using making use of this technology for different purposes including printing spare parts for 11KV switchgear, and drones part design and printing, as well as parts for internal solar equipment,” added Al Tayer.

For his part, Dr. Dalya Al Muthanna, President & CEO of GE Gulf, praised the experience saying that “The first workshop, following our MoU with DEWA, has been a great learning experience for both entities, as we discussed the practical implementation of additive manufacturing and 3D printing for the utilities sector.”

According to MoU between the two entities, DEWA and GE will work together on research and innovation to develop 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and digital technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. This collaborative work will boost productivity, efficiency, sustainability, energy efficiency, among other future technologies and innovations.