Renewable power projects go ahead in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council recently approved a number of renewable energy projects that support the UAE’s global role as an energy provider.

The Shams solar power plant is scheduled to be operational by August and will contribute 100 megawatts to the Abu Dhabi power grid.

Approval has also been given for the construction of the Sir Baniyas wind farm.

Both of these projects will help to support the government’s vision of having 7 per cent of its energy needs supplied by renewable energy.

The first phase of Shams 1 will have a capacity of 100 MW, which makes it among the largest parabolic trough power stations in the world, reports Gulf News.

The station will consist of 258048 parabolic trough mirrors, 192 solar collector assembly loops with eight solar collector assemblies per loop, 768 solar collector assembly units, and 27,648 absorber pipes. It covers an area of 2.5 square kilometres.

Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, said”The launch of the Shams 1 marks a very important milestone for Masdar and for Abu Dhabi. “I am very proud of the announcement we are making… because this project, which will be the first utility scale, commercial solar power project in the UAE, represents the translation into reality of the vision the Abu Dhabi leadership had for renewable energy in the Emirate.”

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