Dubai continues construction on massive solar park

Date:3 January 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

The United Arab Emirates are known for their large-scale constructions, with Dubai being home to the tallest building in the world. Since 2013, they have also been building a huge solar park which is intended to power the homes of those in the country.

According to CNN, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is scheduled to be properly completed in 2030.

The 5,000-megawatt park will provide 1.3 million homes with power, reducing carbon emissions by 6.5 million tonnes annually.

Phase one, two and three have already been completed, with each contributing 13, 200MW and 800MW respectively with the installation of the photovoltaic solar panels. The third phase incorporated panels which are tilted to track the sun, maximising their output.

The fourth phase is underway with the fifth phase to follow, adding 950MW and 900MW each.

“One of our priorities is ensuring a sustainable supply of energy and water by diversifying energy sources. In this regard, the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 was launched to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050 and to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world,” Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA, told MENFN. 

The fourth phase includes the construction of a concentrated solar power (CSP) tower. The tower uses mirrors called heliostats which focus sunlight at the top of the tower, the heat is used to power steam turbines, generating electricity. The entire phase will include 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a solar tower, and 250MW will be generated from photovoltaic panels when completed.

The CSP tower has already set a world record as the highest in the world at 260 meters and having the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy generation round the clock.

Image: Dubai Media/ Twitter

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