There are only a hand full of large concentrated solar power ( CSP ) projects that have been completed in the last three decades and even fewer are ones that are meant to function commercially. CSP is now more expensive than solar photo-voltaic systems until you consider energy storage as part of the requirement.
In order to add energy storage to a solar pv array, you need to use something that can store electricity in a large scale. While for CSP what is needed is a method to store heat. Here is news of a huge new commercial CSP project in Dubai.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) awarded the contract for the 700MW AED14.2 billion ( US $3.87 billion) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
This is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
The power purchase agreement and the financial close are due to be finished shortly.
The project will be commissioned in stages, starting from Q4 of 2020.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of DEWA commented:
Awarding this strategic project supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability, and make Dubai a global centre for clean energy and a green economy. This vision is supported by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to increase the share of clean energy in Dubai’s total power output to 7% by 2020, 25% by 2030, and 75% by 2050.
Our focus on renewable energy generation has led to a drop in prices worldwide and has lowered the price of solar power bids in Europe and the Middle East. This was evident today when we received the lowest CSP project cost in the world.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the IPP model. It will generate 1,000MW by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030.
The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013. The 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park was launched in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020, and the first stage of the 700MW CSP fourth phase will be commissioned in Q4 of 2020.
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This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.