The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visited Masdar’s Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant today – the 100-megawatt plant is largest renewable energy project in the Middle East.
At present, the Middle East has just 271 MW of installed solar power, including the 100 MW Shams 1 Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) in Abu Dhabi.
Masdar and European Investment Bank Working Together to Accelerate Renewable Energy Development in Middle East
Framework agreement reached in Abu Dhabi to share expertise and fast-track clean energy investmen.
Attendees of MENASOL 2014 (6-7th May, Dubai) will be given the opportunity to visit the 100 MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Abu Dhabi.
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP): AREVA to participate at the 23rd World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi
As part of the summit, AREVA will notably present its concentrated solar power (CSP) technology which has been enhanced through competitive storage solutions.
In March, Masdar inaugurated the 100 megawatt Shams 1, the world's largest concentrated solar thermal power plant. Powering 20,000 homes in the UAE, Shams 1 is the region's largest renewable energy plant.
The 100MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power (CSP) project covers 2.5 square kilometres and comprises more than 258,000 mirrors mounted on 768 tracking parabolic trough collectors.
In March, Abu Dhabi inaugurated its Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant. At 100MW it is the largest renewable energy project in the Arabian Gulf.
Region poised to become a hub for solar energy with $155 billion worth of projects set to be complete by 2017
The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Corporation (TREC) has estimated that the equivalent of 630,000 terawatt hours of solar energy shines on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region every year.
An Emirati man stands on a balcony overlooking the Shams 1, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant, in Abu Dhabi.
These 258,000 mirrors comprise the core of the largest operational concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the world, providing heat for 100 MW of solar generation, coupled with 50 MW of natural gas generation.
While attention has focused heavily on the Saudi Arabian solar opportunity, it should not be forgotten that there are a number of pipelines now opening for CSP companies in the Middle East.