Morocco

Collaboration between Cleanergy and Masen in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Thermal Energy Storage (TES)

Swedish solar technology firm Cleanergy has announced joint collaboration with Masen (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy) to step up their joint quest for low cost solar energy storage. Storage of renewable energy for on-demand distribution of cost competitive and clean electricity is key for fossil-free power generation, said a statement [...]

Morocco expects price drop for hybrid Concentrated Solar Power plant

Design innovations and a favorable development framework should see Morocco hit its lowest prices for the hybrid PV-CSP Noor Midelt project and the country is joining global support schemes to diversify its funding supply, an official at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen), said. ACWA Power's Noor III CSP [...]

Masen and Cleanergy Step up Their Joint Quest for Low Cost Concentrated Solar Power Storage

Storage of renewable energy for on-demand distribution of cost competitive and clean electricity is key for fossil-free power generation. Swedish solar technology company, Cleanergy and Masen (Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy) have an ongoing collaboration to address this challenge. The Masen-Cleanergy collaboration is now intensifying through new joint development agreement. [...]

NOORo 580MW CSP+PV concentrated solar power complex: Site visit open

Morocco NOOR Ouarzazate (NOORo) Solar complex is comprised of three concentrated solar power plants 160MW parabolic trough NOORo1, 200MW power tower NOORo2 and 150MW parabolic trough NOORo3, and one PV plant 70MW NOORo4.Once fully completed in October this year, it will be world largest solar power and CSP project complex. [...]

Morocco to start full operation of largest concentrated solar power complex in October

Morocco will fully switch on the Noor Ouarzazate complex, the world's largest solar power plant, in October, said the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. After launching its first stage in February 2016, the remaining three phases of the complex will become operational by October, said Mustapha Bakkoury, managing director of [...]

Studies to Support Sustainable Electricity Trade Roadmap Preparation

Recognizing the numerous benefits of regional electricity market integration, France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal and Spain signed a joint declaration, during COP22 in Marrakech, on the establishment of a roadmap for sustainable electricity trade (SET) between Morocco and the European internal energy market. An activity was launched on 7 September 2017 [...]

Concentrated Solar Power from the desert

Nowhere does the sun radiate more energy than in the desert. Morocco is harnessing this potential to free itself from fossil fuels with concentrated solar power plants. This is exemplary from an emerging country, and a bold step that is supported by international donors like KfW. The world's largest solar [...]

Noor concentrated solar power (CSP) complex at Ouarzazate will be completed before the summer of 2018

The Noor concentrated solar power (CSP) complex at Ouarzazate, will be completed before the summer of 2018, Mustapha Bakkoury, head at Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (Masen) told a press conference on Friday. The EUR-810-million (USD 1bn) second phase of the thermosolar cylindrical parabolic troughs complex Noor Ouarzazate will be [...]

Morocco largest Concentrated Solar Power complex NOOR 1,2,3

The Morocco Ouarzazate CSP complex at the junction of the Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert will be the largest CSP complex in the world upon completion. Noor 2 and Noor 3, the second and third phases, will have 200 MW and 150 MW capacity respectively. Noor 1 has three [...]

Concentrated Solar Power puts end to Morocco electricity blackouts

Morocco’s first operating CSP plant has shown that concentrating solar power can solve the problem of energy blackouts in the peak evening hours, a senior representative of the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) told the recent CSP Seville conference. The 160 MW Noor 1 parabolic trough power plant exceeded [...]

AfDB grants loan support to Noor concentrated solar power project

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $324-million in loan support to two renewable energy projects in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire that are expected to significantly increase power supplies and boost economic growth in those countries. The loan support is in line with the AfDB’s New Deal on Energy [...]

Concentrated Solar Power Sparks Jobs, Technology, Investment in Morocco

Concentrated Solar Power, CSP, is huge in Morocco. Literally, it’s huge. Panels almost the size of tennis courts stretch across acres of desert at the 4 Noor plants in Ouarzazate, providing enough power to light up Marrakesh at night. Learn how it’s done, what it means to the Moroccan economy [...]

The largest stake holder in the largest concentrated solar power plant in Africa called Ouarzazate NOOR

Morocco has a goal to achieve forty two percent of renewable energy target for 2020. And with the current power plants that are operating and some under development cum construction; Morocco is already heading towards the next target for 2030. One of the firms; active in the renewable energy drive [...]