The ruler of Dubai and Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates just launched the world’s largest single site solar concentrated power project.
A quick overview on what you need to know about this world feat for the sustainability and clean energy enthusiasts.
- It is to be implemented in Dubai and will cost Dh 14.2 billion.
- It is to be implemented by the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) and it will generate 700 MW of power when completed.
- It will be implemented using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
- This will also include the world’s tallest solar tower of 260 meters and it will be financed with Dh 100 billion.
- A total of Dh500 million has been earmarked for research and development on smart networks and energy efficiency throughout the project implementation.
- The project is part of the fourth stage of work for Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park and in implementing the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy goal of 2050.
The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050
This world class and record setting goal consists of 5 pillars; Infrastructure, Legislation, Funding, Building Capacities and skills and an environmentally friendly energy mix.
The infrastructure aspect covers the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park which today is the largest generator of solar in the world from a single location. By 2030, it is expected to produce a total of 5000 MW of power. This is about 25 percent of the total energy produced in the Emirate of Dubai.
The infrastructure pillar includes an innovative centre that will be built using 3D printing technology. The centre will focus on various R&D programs on clean energy, drone technology, 3D printing, etc. There will also be setting up of a free zone that will be named Dubai Green Zone.
According to Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will achieve the lowest cost price for energy at 7.3 U.S cents per kilowatt.
World’s largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to generate 700MW of clean energy pic.twitter.com/YTeUqrAKJN
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) September 16, 2017