The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) and Huawei have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand collaboration and assist research and development, capability building, and information exchange as a method of upgrading the emirate’s whole energy sector.
His Excellency Mohammad Juma bin Jarsh Al Falasi, DoE Undersecretary, along with Eng. Saif Salem Bamadhaf, Director of IT and Smart Government Services at the DoE; Mr. Jiawei Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE; and several executives and officials from both organizations signed the agreement during GITEX Technology Week 2021 in Dubai.
H.E. Mohammad bin Jarsh Al Falasi noted that, “The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy is always looking to facilitate cooperation with various local and international stakeholders, as well as to promote efficiency in the sector, which, in turn, would help fulfil our government’s vision and directives to support and develop key sectors, empowering them to achieve sustainable development. To that end, we are always working on expanding our network of partners, tapping into all of our resources, and embracing advanced technology to achieve our objectives.”
“In light of the rapid developments brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we must strive to always be up to date, identify promising opportunities and potential challenges, and find innovative solutions to forecast the future of energy and expedite the transition towards clean and sustainable sources,” H.E. Al Falasi continued.
“We are delighted to be partnering with Huawei – a true global leader in technology – and we look forward to working together, exchanging knowledge and experience, and implementing joint initiatives,” H.E. asserted.
Also noted, “Huawei is one of the most prominent global companies in the advanced technology sector, and we look forward to adopting international best practices and exploring new prospects for cooperation in order to achieve our strategic goals.”
For his part, Mr. Jiawei Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE, said: “We are honored to announce our partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy. As part of this collaboration, Huawei will leverage its long-standing expertise in the information technology sector to help DoE in unlocking new opportunities in the energy sector that would drive the sector further. This step underlines Huawei’s commitment to supporting Abu Dhabi’s economic vision 2030 and the emirate’s continued efforts to invest in and harness the latest technologies to ensure future economic growth.”
According to the MoU, the two parties commit to seeking and exploring prospects in the energy sector and increasing collaboration, and sharing support and ideas in areas where they may collaborate. The agreement also calls for the creation of a roadmap for the deployment of intelligent applications in the energy industry and comparisons to successful global practices. As a result, the sector is able to play a larger part in the emirate’s long-term energy strategy.
Areas of Cooperation
By signing the MoU, the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy and Huawei agree to collaborate on a number of fronts, including developing a training program to improve the competencies of DoE personnel and implementing steps to improve the efficiency of information technology and information security. Furthermore, through the Information Technology and Information Security profiles, the agreement calls for researching opportunities to increase the regulation of services supplied to customers in Abu Dhabi, such as smart metering, smart grid, and mobile application development, among other things.
The two parties will also collaborate to develop AI-based, high-tech solutions to analyse HSE occurrences in the industry and assess performance based on existing data to provide early warning for potential dangers. They’ll also work together to develop sustainable energy solutions to help Abu Dhabi meet its environmental, energy, and water efficiency goals.