Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park promotes sustainability in the UAE

▪️  Dubai Solar Park 

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, also known as Dubai Solar Park. Dubai Solar Park is located in Seih Al-Dahal region, around 50 km south of Dubai.

Interesting facts about the MBR Solar Park 
▪️  It is expected to reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually when complete. 
▪️  An Innovation Centre, a Research and Development (R&D) Centre
▪️  3D-printed lab

Challenges

Dust accumulation on modules can adversely impact the capacity of power generation. To avoid this, panel coating is applied to the modules. Temperature fluctuations may speed up the degradation process of the photovoltaics due to its long run. Dubai sees temperatures as high as 50 degree Celsius and as low as 15 degree Celsius at night, which can increase the cost of the project during summers.

Why the Dubai Solar Park is established?
▪️  The UAE launched the Green Economy initiative for sustainable developments to make the country a global leader in the green economy, products and technologies in 2012. 
▪️  The establishment of the DEWA Solar Park in Dubai is a part of a larger commitment to sustainable development projects across the UAE.
▪️  The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 has the ambitious goal of achieving an energy mix largely based on renewable and clean energy sources.  

How Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park contribute to raising Dubai's position as a global hub for research and development in solar energy?
▪️  It was launched in 2012 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  
▪️  One of the main pillars of this new age strategy 
▪️  It may boost Dubai as a global leader in the clean and renewable energy sector. 
▪️  The largest single-site solar energy project in the world, based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model. 
▪️  Implemented by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). By 2030, the Dubai Solar Park is expected to produce around 5,000 MW with a total investment of AED 50 billion! 

Other project operations

DUBAI SOLAR PARK DESALINATION PLANT

The water desalination plant is powered by:
▪️  Solar energy 
▪️  Reverse Osmosis (RO) technology. 

Production capacity
Production capacity is around 50 cubic metres with 11,000 gallons a day. 
Role of the UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia)
Suqia is a partner in this innovative project to provide clean water to the needy in other countries through various initiatives. 

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

The Research & Development Centre has various labs, workshops and testing facilities, spans across 4,400 sq. m. Dubai Solar Park’s R&D Centre focuses on:
▪️  Electricity production from solar power 
▪️  Other clean energy technologies
▪️  Integration of smart grids
▪️  Energy efficiency
▪️  Water

Phases

Phase 1
▪️  Annual output was 28 kWh of electricity using photovoltaic technology. 
▪️  Became operational in October 2013
▪️  Capacity of 13 MW.
▪️  Each year- Reduction of 15,000 tons of carbon emissions 

Phase 2
▪️  The 200MW photovoltaic phase was launched in 2017
▪️  Constructed based on IPP model.
▪️  Phase has a capacity of 200 MW 
▪️  Provide energy to 50,000 homes in the emirate. 
▪️  Reduction of 214,000 tons of carbon emissions per year

Phase 3
▪️  The solar park was inaugurated in December 2020. 
▪️  New plant has the capacity of 800MW. 
▪️  Provide energy to 240,000 Dubai homes. 
▪️  AED 3.47 billion spent during construction process
Facility 
▪️  It uses single-axis solar tracking to enhance energy production. 
▪️  Innovative methods adopted like “robots” for cleaning photovoltaic panels to increase the plant’s efficiency.

Phase 4
▪️  It was launched in 2017. 

Three technologies will be used to produce clean energy at Dubai Solar Park:
▪️  600 MW is to be produced with a parabolic basin complex
▪️  100 MW from a concentrated solar tower 
▪️  250 MW from photovoltaic panels. 

Phase 5
▪️  Announced in 2019
▪️  Have a capacity of 900MW 
▪️  It becomes operational in phases starting from Q2 of 2021.
Phase 5 - Membership Companies  

▪️  Chinese Shanghai Electric Group 
▪️  ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia

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