World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Launched

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 A major milestone for renewable energy in the Middle East created when Shams 1, theWorld’s Largest Solar Power Plant Launched worlds largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in operation launched by Masdar yesterday.
Shams 1, the 100-megawatt grid connected power plant will produce clean energy for 20,000 homes in UAE and is located at Western Region of Abu Dhabi.
Spearheaded by the President of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 100-megawatt powerplant has been inaugurated with pride.
His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed called it a major achievement for UAE’s energy and economic diversification as well as a step toward long-term security energy.
He quoted on a site “Expanding our leadership into renewable sources of power demonstrates the United Arab Emirates’ commitment to maintaining its position as a major provider of energy.”
He also expressed his gratitude and commends the young Emiratis behind the project. “The expertise they gained, working closely with international companies and building a project of such scale, is the type of human capital development that will enable our country to secure long-term energy leadership”, His Highness said.
His Highness also added that Shams 1 is a strategic investment for UAE’s economic, social and environmental prosperity. “The domestic production of renewable energy extends the life of our country’s valuable hydrocarbon resources and supports the growth of a promising new industry.”
Middle East and North Africa is primed for a record-breaking growth in renewable energy, having almost half of the world’s renewable energy potential.
According to Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the launching of Shams 1 is an innovation for renewable energy development in the Middle East. “With the demand for energy rising exponentially, the region is undergoing a major transformation in how it generates electricity. In fact, the Middle East is poised for major investments in renewables, and Shams 1 proves the economic and environmental advantage of deploying large-scale solar projects” the CEO of Masdar said.
“Our wise leadership recognizes the immediate and future benefits of renewable energy. An investment in sophisticated projects like Shams 1train our future energy leaders, create specialized jobs and encourage economic development. Renewable energy is fundamental to achieving a diversified energy mix and extending the life of our precious hydrocarbon resources. Clean energy, is aligned with the legacy of conservation instilled in us by our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”, Dr. Al Jaber added.
Shams 1 was designed and developed by Shams Power Company. Covering an area of 2.5 km² – or 285 football fields – Shams 1 incorporates the latest in parabolic trough technology and features more than 258,000 mirrors mounted on 768 tracking parabolic trough collectors.
By concentrating heat from direct sunlight onto oil-filled pipes, Shams 1 produces steam, which drives a turbine and generates electricity. The project uses a booster heater to heat steam as it enters the turbine, dramatically boosting the cycle’s efficiency. Shams 1 also features a dry-cooling system that significantly reduces water consumption – a critical advantage in the arid desert.
The inauguration was also attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as other members of the UAE leadership.