Dewa Announces World’s Largest Solar Power Project In Dubai

Largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Project

Dubai – DEWA (Dubai Water & Electricity Authority) announces the largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, which will generate 1000 MW of power by 2020. The project located in Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will include five facilities and will be completed by 2021.

According to DEWA’s Managing Director & CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CSP project will benefit from the thermal heat production and storage processes, allowing electricity to be produced after sunset. He stated “the plant will have several thousand heliostats located around a tower which will receive the radiation reflected by the heliostats. The heat-transfer fluid will then be used to power the steam turbine to generate electricity”.

Inviting Global CSP Consultants

DEWA has already launched tender and invited leading global CSP consultants to submit their proposals, for advisory services, for the first part of the 200MW plant. DEWA expects to award the tender in three months time and choose the winner based on the lowest bid. Al Tayer aims to receive bids of around 8 cents though he understands that current rates for CSP stood around 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Earlier, Chinese and French companies bid for the third phase of 5000 MW Dubai Solar Power Project.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park will be the largest single-site solar park in the world. When completed, the Solar Park is expected to produce 1000 MW of power by 2020 and 5000 MW by 2030. The Solar Park will allow Dubai to reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Sustainable Dubai – Clean Energy Strategies 2030 & 2050

In line with the government’s Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 and Clean Energy Strategy 2050, Dubai is aiming to develop renewable energy capabilities in solar power so that it can acquire 7 per cent of its total power output from clean energy sources by 2020, 25 per cent by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Initiatives such as CSP along with other Solar Energy Projects will allow Dubai to reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emission annually.

Read – Dubai: A Model of Excellence Driven by Innovation & Transportation Strategy

Smart City – Dubai (DEWA Sustainability Initiatives)

Contrary to Solar Power projects, DEWA has initiated many other projects to ensure that Dubai adopts sustainable practices and become a Green Economy. DEWA has taken initiatives in Dubai’s fast evolving automobile, construction and electronic component sectors to cater new demand patterns.

  1. Sharms Dubai is a smart initiative for generating electricity by connecting solar energy to buildings and by encouraging building owners to install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to support the use of renewable energy.
  2. Green Charger is a smart initiative by DEWA to build 100 electric vehicle-charging stations in 2016 across Dubai.
  3. Driverless Car – RTA rolled out a 10-seater driverless prototype aiming to switch 25 per cent of Dubai’s transportation to SMART technology by 2030, rationalise the fuel consumption and reduce Carbon Emissions.

Read – Dubai Economic Outlook 2016 

SMART Investment Opportunities in Dubai & UAE

Dubai has enormous growth potential in the Energy Sector, as the Emirate is keen to become SMART & SUSTAINABLE City. Through improving infrastructure, hosting EXPO 2020 and becoming economically competitive, Dubai aims to attract SMART investments in the Energy other key sectors of the economy.

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Author: RKonnect
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