Mittwoch, 20. März 2013

UAE launches 100 MW CSP plant

(LEXEGESE) - The Shams 1 thermosolar plant – in the desert of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – adds 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable electricity to the national grid, which otherwise consumes fossil fuels. 

Shams 1 demonstrates the solar potential of the whole region, where annual global radiation reaches 2000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per square metre. Shams 1, located in the Emirate’s Western Region, follows a 10 MW solar PV site at the Masdar City clean energy complex. Abu Dhabi aims to cover 7 per cent of its installed capacity from renewables by 2020.

The USD 600m, 2.5 square kilometre plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, a joint venture of UAE renewable energy company Masdar (60 per cent), France’s Total (20 per cent) and Spain’s Abengoa Solar (20 per cent). Inaugurated on Sunday, 17 March, it will produce enough energy to power 20,000 homes.

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