The cornerstone idea was created 4 years ago. At the time of its inauguration in October 2013 was the largest facility of its kind in the UAE.
Three years later, Saeed Al Tayer, the managing director and chief executive of DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, said that the plant is the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in the world.
With a capacity of one gigawatt, it aims and it will be the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. The emirate will implement the system by 2030, when it aims to satisfy a quarter of its electricity needs with renewable energy.
The CSP complex will be part of Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, which is slated to have a capacity of 5 GW by 2030 and which has so far relied on photovoltaic (PV) technology.
DEWA has launched a tender seeking advisory services from international CSP consultants for the 200-MW phase I as part of the CSP complex.
It is scheduled to be operational by April 2021.
“An important advantage of CSP is that thermal heat, which is used to produce electricity, can be stored easily, which makes it possible to produce electricity after sunset.”
Al Tayer said in a statement. He explained that the plant will have several thousand heliostats located around a tower and that the project will use thermal storage for 8-12 hours daily.
Prices have been falling fast at Dubai’s tenders for the 5-GW solar complex. The most recent bidding has attracted a price of USD 29.9 per MWh of PV power, marking a new record globally.
Here the statement made by Mr. Saeed Al Tayer:
“One of the successes that Dewa has achieved in this area, is receiving a globally-competitive price of USD 29.9 per megawatt hour for the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park’s 800MW third phase. This demonstrates the trust that international investors have both in Dubai and in DEWA, and is a testament of our transparency in all our projects, in addition to Dewa’s strong financial position.”