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UAE Solar Plant is a Middle East Milestone
Earlier this year the frst
large-scale solar project in the
United Arab Emirates began
operation. The 100-MW concentrating solar power (CSP)
plant, a partnership between
the UAE’s Masdar, France’s
Total and Spain’s Abengoa,
covers 2. 5 square kilometers
[0.96 square miles] and is the
largest CSP plant in the world.
Shams 1 serves as an example that even the most oil-rich
countries in world see renewable energy as an important part of the energy mix.
“Through Masdar, the UAE is
redefning the role it plays in
providing the world with energy. From precious hydrocarbons exports to sophisticated
renewable energy systems, we
are balancing the energy mix
and diversifying our economy
— moving toward a more sustainable future,” said Sultan
Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar at the opening ceremonies
Top: Heat transfer fluid heater.
Bottom: A portion of the 130 km of
Next page: Solar collectors and
booster heaters (top), Ariel View of
the Solar Field (bottom).