Thursday, 9 June 2016

An Inspiring Renewable Energy Project From Dubai

The oil-rich Gulf nations of the United Arab Emirates, are planning for a future when they will have to rely more on renewable energy, than energy from fossil-fuel-fired thermal power plants.

The question is: Does prudence not dictate, and is it not imperative, that Ghana - a much smaller oil and gas producer whose known hydrocarbon resources won't last forever - ought to follow suit too?

Today, as our humble contribution to the national conversation about the  renewable energy sector, generally, and  off-grid energy independence made possible by off-grid renewable energy micro-grids, with storage, in particular, we are reproducing our promised second culled article from the online publication, RenewEconomy.

One hopes that Dubai's marvellous example of aiming to generate 75 percent of its power from clean energy by 2050, will inspire Ghanaian politicians, entrepreneurs and member-companies of the Association of Ghana Industries.

The article is authored by Giles Parkinson and is entitled: "Dubai plans world's biggest, and cheapest solar tower + storage project".

Please read on:


Dubai plans world’s biggest, and cheapest, solar tower + storage project

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Dubai: The largest Concentrated Solar Power (CPS) project to be built on a single site in the world will begin power generation in Dubai within the next five years, officials announced on Thursday.
The long view is that the new CPS site will generate 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power by 2030 as part of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy to generate 75 per cent of Dubai’s power from clean energy by 2050.


Concentrated solar power is generated by circular rings of solar mirrors called heliostats that direct sunlight into a central collection tower where the sun’s rays power a steam turbine to generate electricity.

The project will surpass the existing world’s largest CPS tower in Morocco that has a power generating capacity of 150MW, senior energy officials said.

Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), announced the project at a press conference at Burj Khalifa, pledging a cleaner, self-sufficient future for Dubai through renewable energy.

The solar project and solar park when completed is expected to slash carbon emissions in Dubai by more than 6.5 million tonnes of CO2, helping Dubai and the UAE meets its commitment to the Paris Agreement to keep global warming temperature increases below 2°C.

Al Tayer said that Dewa had issued a call for tenders inviting international solar consultants to submit proposals on the first 200MW phase of the project.

He told Gulf News in an interview after the announcement that the benefit of using concentrated solar power was that it could be stored for eight to 12 hours after generation, to help power the emirate through the night.

The first phase of the new CPS project should be operational by 2021, Al Tayer said, and would “contribute to the happiness of society by making Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050”.

“Today’s announcement of the first CSP project will be followed by other major projects to diversify Dubai’s energy mix. This will contribute to achieving the vision or our wise leadship to make Dubai number one globally, and our vision to become a sustainable, innovative world-class utility,” Al Tayer told those gathered at the launch.

Hadi Tahboub, vice-president — Programmes Director of Middle East Solar Industry Association, told Gulf News the new project puts Dubai one step closer to becoming the world leader in solar power generation."

End of culled RenewEnonomy article by Giles Parkinson.
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