Masdar’s Shams I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Abu Dhabi hurled the UAE to its new ranking as third among the world’s nations in both 2013 CSP technology investment and total CSP capacity.
The UAE now ranks only behind Spain and the United States in total CSP generation; India and China round out the world’s top five. The standings were newly disclosed in a report of a worldwide multi-policy stakeholder network that supports a speedy international transition to renewable energy.
The 100MW CSP plant in Abu Dhabi’s western region is one cause why CSP’s development in rising markets approximately tripled during 2013.
While the said industry continues to boost, it is also noted by the use of a further consistent design. CSP plants in the past decade have incorporated several designs and technologies over the past years, but in 2013, all newly constructed CSP plants used the parabolic trough design, which is in use by Shams 1. Overall trends in the business are favoring larger plants to take advantage of economies of scale, as in the case of the Shams 1 plant, one of the biggest CSP plants worldwide.
The general manager of Shams 1 said that they are contented to see how high the UAE ranks worldwide in renewable energy generation, given the country’s commitment to sourcing more sources of secure and safe energy. Shams 1 has been producing enough power to electrify 20,000 residences in the UAE and displaces 175,000 tonnes of carbon per annum.