Friday, 11 Jun, 2010 Environment

Shams 1- World's Biggest Solar Power Plant to Be Built in UAE


UAE recently announced about its plans to construct the biggest solar plant on the planet. The 100 MW plant is called Shams 1 and it will be located 120 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi.

The plant will be built by Masdar which teamed up with Total, an oil company based in France and Abengoa Solar, a solar company with headquarters in Spain.

Despite the fact that Shams 1 will be much smaller than another giant project entitled Desertec, initiated by Europe and North Africa, the UAE plant will start producing energy much earlier (the Desertec is expected to start producing energy in 2015).

It would be interesting to note that the name of the project Shams 1 comes from the Arabic word which means sun. The UAE plant will features a solar field composed of 768 parabolic trough collectors that were supplied by Abengoa Solar, informs Inhabitat. It will also include a backup natural gas boiler that will offer energy at night or on cloudy days.

The Shams 1 is a step towards the goal of UAE to have 7 percent of electricity produced using eco-friendly methods by 2020. It will emit 175,000 tons of greenhouse gas each year.

The construction is to begin this fall and will be completed in about two years.

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