Dubai Inaugurates World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Project, amidst COP28
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, marking the launch of the world's largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project. The 950 MW phase, constructed at an investment of AED15.78 billion, utilizes three hybrid technologies: 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a CSP tower, and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels. The project features the tallest solar tower in the world, at 263.126 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity with a capacity of 5,907 megawatt hours , according to the Guinness World Records.
- The project covers 44 square kilometers and features 70,000 heliostats tracking the sun's movement. The Molten Salt Receiver (MSR) atop the solar power tower is a crucial element, converting solar radiation into thermal energy. Anticipated benefits include providing clean energy to approximately 320,000 residences, reducing carbon emissions by about 1.6 million tonnes annually.The MSR contains over 1,000 thin tubes that enable the absorption of sun rays and their transfer to the molten salt within these tubes. This project will provide approximately 320,000 residences with clean and sustainable energy. It will reduce carbon emissions by about 1.6 million tonnes annually, enhancing Dubai’s position as a leading global hub in clean, renewable energy and climate action.
- Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum emphasized the UAE's commitment to sustainability, aligning with COP28's climate action goals. The project is a key component of the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 Strategy and contributes significantly to global efforts against climate change.
- With a current capacity of 2,627MW, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is instrumental in achieving the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, aiming for 100% clean energy production by 2050.
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Published date : 09 Dec 2023 04:55PM