By : Mohamed El Kholy
In a new testimony of its excellence in the field of innovation, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) won two awards during the 12th Global Continual Improvement & Innovation Symposium & Award 2021, organised by the Continual Improvement Subgroup of Dubai Quality Group (DQG) under the theme of ‘Excellence in Crisis’.
DEWA was recognised for its achievements during a virtual award ceremony organised under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and the honorary sponsor of DQG.
In the innovation category, DEWA won for its ‘Autonomous Soiling Detector of PV Panels’ prototype; while it earned the second award in the Kaizen category for its ‘Distribution Automation Implementation through RMU Motorization’ initiative.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, expressed his happiness and praised DQG’s efforts in spreading and consolidating a culture of innovation, promoting quality practices, institutional excellence and appreciating excellence and innovation, especially in facing challenges.
“At DEWA, we work to consolidate quality and sustainable excellence to ensure continuous development and upgrade the level of services and operations by adopting innovation, disruptive technologies, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies across all areas. This is achieved through proactive plans and strategies that support the Dubai 10X initiative, which aims to develop Dubai government services, to implement today what other cities will be doing a decade later, and make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world,” said Al Tayer.
Developed by DEWA, the Autonomous Soiling Detection of Photovoltaic Panels application has many innovative features, as it uses a physical PV module as a reference to monitor the soiling status of the existing PV arrays. At the same time, it uses smart technologies to simulate the performance of a clean PV module reference, to improve their performance and efficiency.
This technology has been developed in-house with only 11% of the budget that was allocated from DEWA Innovation Fund.
The Distribution Automation Implementation through RMU Motorization initiative aims to improve the performance of the distribution network and protect the transformers connected to them in the event of any malfunction in the network.
This contributes to reducing the customer minutes lost (CML), which is already the lowest in the world at 1.66 minutes per customer, compared with around 15 minutes recorded by leading utilities in the European Union and the USA.
The Global Continual Improvement & Innovation Symposium & Award is a prominent platform for the exchange of information and best practices of quality and organisational excellence, for promoting continuous improvement, which the participating organisations implemented based on the foundations and concepts of innovation and quality.
The competition provides an opportunity to review the best-case studies on improvement and innovation across several local and international organisations.