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German delegation reviews clean energy projects at MBR Solar Park

Dewa highlights renewable energy, reduction in consumption of natural resources, and alternative energy sources

German delegation reviews clean energy projects at MBR Solar Park
Dewa
German delegation reviews clean energy projects at MBR Solar Park

A high-level German delegation reviewed the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (Dewa) implementation of clean energy projects during their visit to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR Solar Park).

Dewa said that it highlighted developments in the renewable and clean energy sector, reduction in consumption of natural resources, and alternative solutions to traditional energy sources.

The delegation was received by Jamal Shaheen Al Hammadi, vice president of Dewa’s Clean Energy and Diversification initiative and Faisal Riyadh Albirdisi, chief executive officer of Shuaa Energy 1.

The research and development centre at the MBR Solar Park focuses on four key operations, including the production of electricity from solar power and other clean energy technologies; the integration of smart grids; energy efficiency; and water.

Construction Week reported on 21 November, 2019, that a consortium led by Acwa Power and Gulf Investment Corporation had been chosen as the preferred bidder to build and operate the 900MW fifth phase of the $13.6bn (AED50bn) MBR Solar Park — the world’s largest single-site solar park based on the independent power producer (IPP) model.

Managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said that such visits are important as they showcase Dewa’s key projects and initiatives that promote sustainable development and green economy in Dubai, and the electricity and water infrastructure that Dewa has implemented according to the highest international standards and best practices.

The solar park has a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. The 13MW first phase of the solar park became operational in 2013 using photovoltaic (PV) solar panels; and the 200MW PV second phase of the solar park was commissioned in March 2017.

Dewa is building the 800MW third phase of the solar park – due to be operational in 2020 – using PV technology in three stages, in partnership with a consortium led by Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and EDF Group, through its subsidiary, EDF Énergies Nouvelles.

The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site solar IPP project in the world that combines CSP and PV technology with a capacity of 950MW. It will use 700MW of CSP; 600MW from a parabolic basin complex; 100MW from a solar tower; and 250MW from PV solar panels. The project will also feature the tallest solar tower in the world at 260m. It will also have the biggest global thermal storage capacity of 15 hours; allowing for energy availability around the clock.

Dewa secured the lowest bid worth $1.7 (AED6.21) per kw/h for 900MW Phase 5. This phase will become operational in stages starting from Q2 2021.

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