Dubai to build the world’s largest solar power project

Dubai to build the world’s largest solar power project

The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced the unveiling of the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power.

The project will be located on a single site within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, comprising of five different facilities.

The plant surpasses the current record holder by nearly double for the largest CSP – the NoorOuarzazate complex in Morocco, which will produce 500MW by 2018.

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, DEWA’s CEO said the plant could be operational in 2030, the year Dubai hopes to obtain 25 per cent of energy from renewables.

Private companies will be chosen to build and operate the plant and the first stage is to be completed by 2021, generating 200MW of energy.

According to El Tayer, “several hundred” heliostats will reflect radiation to a tower and the project will employ thermal storage for “eight to 12 hours daily.”

“We constantly work, led by the vision of our wise leadership who instructed us to prepare to bid farewell to the last drop of oil,” explained El Tayer. “This is based on a vision that recognizes the significance of renewable energy in achieving a balance between development and sustainability.”

Dubai aims to achieve energy from 75 per cent renewable sources by 2050 with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 plan. DEWA is looking to generate energy from 61 per cent natural gas, 25 per cent solar, 7 per cent ‘clean coal’ and 7 per cent nuclear by 2030.