DEWA delegation visits NanoAvionics in Lithuania

A delegation from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Research and Development Centre visited NanoAvionics in Lithuania to follow the latest developments in ‘DEWA SAT-2’, a 6U nanosatellite which DEWA plans to launch this year as part of the DEWA Space-D programme. During the visit, the team carried out comprehensive technical tests of the nanosatellite hardware and software. In particular, a high-resolution camera (4.7 m) was installed, which will be used for Earth observation missions using MultiScape100 CIS technology, providing continuous line-by-line scanning of images in 7 spectral bands from an orbit of 500 km. Infrared equipment for measuring greenhouse gases was also tested.

“Space-D, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in January 2021, aims to make nanosatellites a complementary technology to the ground-based IoT communications network. This will facilitate the digitisation of electricity and water networks, improve planning, operation and preventive maintenance of power generation, distribution and transmission units, as well as smart grids and electric vehicle charging stations. This will also reduce costs, improve investment in DEWA assets, share knowledge and expertise, train DEWA Emirati staff and develop use cases for the development of the utility sector worldwide. We are gearing up for the launch of Nanosatellite 6U later this year, following the successful launch of DEWA-SAT1, which was launched in January 2022,” said H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA.

Walid bin Salman, executive vice president for business development and excellence at DEWA, said the R&D centre supports DEWA’s efforts to harness Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies in the energy sector. He said the use of satellite network connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) was helping to improve the efficiency of photovoltaic solar panels at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the world’s largest single-site solar park on the independent power producer (IPP) model.

In January 2022, DEWA partnered with NanoAvionics to launch the DEWA-SAT 1 nanosatellite on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Center in Florida, USA. DEWA is the first utility in the world to use nanosatellites to improve the operation, maintenance and planning of electricity and water networks.

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