DEWA launches World Energy Day 2022 campaign

DUBAI, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched its annual campaign to promote the World Energy Day, which is observed on 22nd October each year, under the theme “Green Energy is My Choice”.

This comes as part of DEWA’s ongoing efforts to involve customers and society members in achieving sustainable development and promoting energy efficiency

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, adopted the initiative along with 54 countries, representatives from the United Nations, the Arab League, and the African Union, during the World Energy Forum 2012 in Dubai.

World Energy Day focuses on the importance of energy conservation, reducing carbon footprint, using clean and renewable energy, and supporting green economy.

To mark the occasion, DEWA is organising a series of virtual lectures in Arabic and English for several governmental, semi-governmental and private organisations. DEWA also launched an internal photography competition for employees on a sustainable lifestyle.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, emphasised that World Energy Day underlines the importance of preserving natural resources, enhancing energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as increasing the share of clean and renewable energy in the energy mix to support the transition towards a green economy.

“We work in line with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into a global hub for clean energy and green economy. We are on track to achieve this through our major renewable and clean energy projects that support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050,” Al Tayer said.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Researchers at UAEU College of Science led discovery of how first supermassive black holes formed in Universe

AL AIN, The Physics Department in the College of Science at the United Arab Emirates University performed a study on the formation of the first supermassive black holes in the Universe, entitled “Turbulent cold flows gave birth to the first quasars” that has been published in Nature scientific magazine.

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Latif from the Department of Physics led a distinguished and diverse team of astrophysicists from the UAE, United Kingdom, and Canada in resolving this two-decade-old mystery of how the first super-bright, hyperactive quasars reached this massive size inside supermassive black holes within a short period of the early universe. “This discovery is particularly exciting because astrophysicists have been grappling for years on how the first supermassive black holes were conceived,” he said.

The discovery uncovered a cosmic enigma that has been puzzling scientists for the past twenty years – how come the first quasars which are extremely luminous and actively accreting supermassive black holes in the early universe have become so big early on? “Our study shows that the first supermassive black holes were born in rare, turbulent reservoirs of gas in the early universe without the need for finely-tuned, exotic environments, contrary to what had been previously believed. In fact, the environments hosting gigantic black holes created 30,000 to 40,000 solar mass supermassive stars. These stars were enormous, short-lived and primitive, a bit like dinosaurs on earth, and collapsed into black holes within a few million years,” Dr. Latif stated.

“Our novel findings explain not only the origin of the first quasars but also their demographics – their numbers at early times. Therefore, we believe that the first supermassive black holes were the outgrowth of the cosmic web and a natural consequence of the basic structure formation of cold dark matter in cosmology and physics,” he added.

The originality and innovative nature of these findings open a multitude of possibilities that may help scientists understand the evolution of the Universe. This demonstrates the university’s ambition to contribute to cutting-edge scientific discoveries and studies apart from participating in multiple space research and exploration programmes.


Source: Emirates News Agency

Eight Security Council members condemn North Korea’s ballistic missile launch

NEW YORK, The following is a joint statement as delivered by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations, on behalf of Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States on North Korea: “It was only last week that we stood at this podium to condemn the DPRK’s ballistic missile launch of January 5. The regime has conducted three additional ballistic missile launches since then, on January 11, January 14, and January 17 local time.

The DPRK has announced that it conducted the launches on four occasions in the last two weeks. The DPRK itself published photos that confirm the launch of ballistic missiles following all four launch events. And we know that DPRK missile launches that use ballistic missile technology violate Security Council resolutions.

These facts should not be in dispute. The DPRK’s unlawful behavior is a threat to international peace and security. These launches demonstrate the regime’s determination to pursue weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs at all costs, including at the expense of its own people.

Albania, Brazil, France, Ireland, Japan, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States call on our fellow Council members to be unified in condemning the DPRK for its acts in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. It is this unity, in speech and action, that has helped in the past bring the DPRK to the negotiating table and could advance stability for the region and international community.

We urge the 1718 Committee to proactively support implementation of the Security Council resolutions addressing the DPRK. This includes sanctions designations for those contributing to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons programs, like those the United States proposed last week.

We also call on all Member States to implement Security Council resolutions, to which the Security Council unanimously agreed, and which calls on the DPRK to abandon its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable, and irreversible manner. It is extremely important that Member States take the necessary steps to implement the sanctions in their jurisdictions, or risk providing a blank check for the DPRK regime to advance its weapons program.

We will continue to speak out against the DPRK’s destabilizing actions as affronts to regional and international peace and stability. We call on the DPRK to cease these unlawful actions and return to dialogue. We stand ready to support a meaningful return to engagement and diplomacy without preconditions. And we reaffirm our commitment to achieving lasting peace and stability in the region, and to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, in accordance with relevant Security Council resolutions.”


Source: Emirates News Agency

DEWA welcomes US Consul General to its Innovation Centre

DUBAI, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), welcomed Meghan Gregonis, United States Consul General in Dubai, to DEWA’s Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The visit aimed to review the latest renewable energy technologies and the Centre’s innovations in supporting the future of clean energy.

Al Tayer highlighted the various sections of the Innovation Centre to the US Consul General. The Centre reflects DEWA’s efforts to support innovation in clean energy and develop creative solutions for the production and management of renewable energy.

He noted that the Centre supports DEWA’s renewable and clean energy projects, most notably the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. It will have a production capacity of 5,000 megawatts (MW) by 2030. When completed, it will contribute to reducing over 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Al Tayer explained that through the Centre, DEWA aims to support innovation in clean and renewable energy. It aims to develop the skillset and capacity of the next generation of innovators and young Emiratis in clean energy technologies, host events, seminars and workshops, build partnerships with universities and startups in the areas of innovation and exchange of knowledge, in addition to raising awareness on clean energy and sustainability. The Centre’s innovations in solar energy support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Carbon Neutrality initiative to provide 100% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy by 2050.

Visitors to the Innovation Centre can explore the latest innovations in clean energy technologies. The first floor focuses on DEWA’s journey, key historical inventions and innovations in electricity, and the latest developments in renewable and sustainable energy.

The area includes over 30 interactive exhibits designed to introduce visitors to developments in renewable energy. The site also houses the DEWA Museum, water desalination plants, and a visual space that explains the properties of light and solar radiation.

The Centre also features an exhibition on key components of photovoltaic solar cells and related technologies, including Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and the Solar Power Tower. It also showcases DEWA’s renewable energy journey, Smart DEWA, solar cell applications in spacecraft and satellites, and the development of DEWA’s sustainable buildings.


Source: Emirates News Agency