With the ongoing economic growth of the United Arab Emirates, energy demand in the UAE continues to rise.
One of Masdar Institute’s most distinctive landmarks is its 66-foot Beam Down Tower, which investigators are using for research on concentrated solar power.
The Centre evaluates the performance of various technologies such as PV laminates, concentrated solar power, and other innovative solar technologies including energy storage techniques.
UAE now ranks only behind Spain and the United States in total concentrated solar power generation, India and China round out the world’s top five.
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.
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.
Shams 1 is one of the largest Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in the world. Developed, owned and operated by Shams Power Company, a joint venture of Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Abengoa (20%).
The UAE is opting to diversify its energy mix to include renewable and solar energy (PV and Concentrating Solar Power), said Suhail Mohammed Faraj Al Mazroui, Minister of Energy
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.
With some 80 concentrated solar power (CSP) projects under way around the world and more expected, the impact of his research could be significant.