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Dubai Plans World’s Biggest, Cheapest CSP + Storage Project

Originally published on RenewEconomy.

Dubai: The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project to be built on a single site in the world will begin power generation in Dubai within the next five years, officials announced on Thursday.

DEWA-announces-the-worlds-largest-Concentrated-Solar-Power-224x300The long view is that the new CSP site will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050.

Concentrated solar power is generated by circular rings of solar mirrors called heliostats that direct sunlight into a central collection tower where the sun’s rays power a steam turbine to generate electricity.

The project will surpass the existing world’s largest CSP tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150 MW, senior energy officials said.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), announced the project at a press conference at Burj Khalifa, pledging a cleaner, self-sufficient future for Dubai through renewable energy.

The solar project and solar park when completed is expected to slash carbon emissions in Dubai by more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2, helping Dubai and the UAE meets its commitment to the Paris Agreement to keep global warming temperature increases below 2°C.

Al Tayer said that Dewa had issued a call for tenders inviting international solar consultants to submit proposals on the first 200 MW phase of the project.

He told Gulf News in an interview after the announcement that the benefit of using concentrated solar power was that it could be stored for eight to 12 hours after generation, to help power the emirate through the night.

The first phase of the new CSP project should be operational by 2021, Al Tayer said, and would “contribute to the happiness of society by making Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.”

“Today’s announcement of the first CSP project will be followed by other major projects to diversify Dubai’s energy mix. This will contribute to achieving the vision or our wise leadship to make Dubai number one globally, and our vision to become a sustainable, innovative world-class utility,” Al Tayer told those gathered at the launch.

Hadi Tahboub, vice-president — Programmes Director of Middle East Solar Industry Association, told Gulf News the new project puts Dubai one step closer to becoming the world leader in solar power generation.

“Dubai is taking the gutsy step of fully embracing renewable energy,” said Tahtoub. “Dubai is showing people how it is done.”

Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050:

• 7 per cent of total power output from clean energy by 2020

• 25 per cent of total power output from clean energy by 2030

• 75 per cent of total power output from clean energy by 2050

Reprinted with permission.

 
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is the founding editor of RenewEconomy.com.au, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia's energy grid with great interest.

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