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Category Archives: CSP
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has achieved another world record. This week, DEWA awarded a 700MW project priced at AED14.2 billion (US$3,86 billion). The project is the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The award is the largest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in the world. It is also the largest CSP project based on the IPP model. The contract is awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric.
An innovative CSP storage demonstration project is being pursued by Sandia National Laboratories and Areva at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Solar Thermal Test Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The CSP storage pilot project, partly funded by the DOE, uses the French industrialist’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) technology married to a molten salt test loop to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power projects.
CSP in Saudi Arabia made progress today with the new commissioning announcement by Solar Systems of Australia, a Silex company. A 1MW demonstration project began production at the Nofa Equestrian Resort, a recreational facility owned by His Highness, Prince Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer. As shown in the project image, the plant uses Solar System’s “dense array” dish concentrator solar technology. There are 26 dishes in total and project economics were justified by displacing on-site diesel generation for the remote facility.