Masdar has revealed that the Shams 1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant will be inaugurated and commissioned on March 17th, 2013.
Masdar, Abenoga SA (Seville, Spain) and Total SA (Courbevoie, France) partnered to build the plant through the Shams Power company, which began construction in July 2010. Shams 1 is located at Madinat Zayed, in the UAE desert 120 kilometers from Abu Dhabi.
At 100 MW, Shams 1 will be the first full-size pure CSP plant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Hybrid natural gas/CSP plants have been built in Egypt, Algeria and Morocco, but these have much smaller CSP components.
The plant utilizes a parabolic trough CSP design, comprising 768 collectors using Flabeg mirrors over an area of 2.5 square kilometers. Schott PTR 70 absorber tubes carry Solutia heat transfer fluid, supplying heat to power a 125 MW MAN Turbo steam turbine.
Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar thermal power project in the Middle East, which will generate 100 megawatts of clean and sustainable energy at a cost of Dh2.2 billion ($600 million), will be officially inaugurated on March 17.
This was disclosed yesterday by Masdar, a Mubadala company.
According to Masdar, Shams 1 will be one of the largest concentrated solar power