Project of the month: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), last month, inspected the 4th phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
The 4th phase is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world. Based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, it will generate 950 megawatts (MW) at an investment of Dh15.78bn.
The completion of the concentrated solar tower construction phase is ahead of the planned schedule by 7%.
When fully constructed, the tower will be the world’s tallest CSP tower at 260 metres. In addition, 73% of the construction of the solar field of the tower has been completed, including the completion of the main structure for the assembly and installation of heliostats.
The project will use 70,000 heliostats, and the largest global thermal storage capacity of 15 hours; allowing for energy availability round the clock.
The fourth phase of the solar park is the largest single-site solar IPP project in the world that combines CSP and photovoltaic technology.
The phase will use three technologies to produce 950 megawatts (MW) of clean energy. It will use 700MW of CSP; 600MW from a parabolic basin complex and 100MW from a solar tower; and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels.
Total Capacity: 5,000 MW
1st phase capacity: 13 MW
2nd phase capacity: 200 MW
3rd phase capacity: 800 MW
4th phase capacity: 950 MW CSP + PV
Total cost: Dh50bn