First section of solar thermal power plant in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in operation

China‘s Shanghai Electric Group has commissioned the first of four units of what it claims is the world‘s largest solar thermal power plant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The plant forms the fourth section of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Power Plant, has a total capacity of 700 megawatts and is combined with 250 megawatts of photovoltaic capacity. The operator is the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
By combining solar thermal power with molten salt storage and photovoltaics, the solar power plant can provide energy at night – for 13.5 hours – and inclement weather – for 15 hours. It covers an area of 44 square kilometers, with the photovoltaic modules located between the solar thermal components for better overall utilization. Three parabolic trough units, the first of which has now gone into operation, each produce 200 megawatts, plus a 100-megawatt solar thermal tower plant. The salt storage facility comprises around 560,000 tons.

Related News