Masdar solar plant ‘has energy to export’
Abu Dhabi, June 8, 2011
The 10MW solar plant in Masdar City, connected to the Abu Dhabi National Grid, is a net exporter of energy to the grid after it meets the entire energy needs of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, said a top official.
Consisting of 87,777 panels of thin film and crystalline silicon technologies, largest photovoltaic (PV) plant in the MENA region has so far generated approximately 36,000MWh of clean energy, added Frank Wouters, director, Masdar Power, one of the five integrated units of Masdar.
It has hit all performance targets in the first two years of its operations, demonstrating that utility-scale PV plants in the region are viable, he said.
The 10MW PV plant, which is one of five projects in the UAE registered for carbon credits under the United Nation’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), entered its third year of operations this month.
Since operations began, the plant has saved 24,000 tons in CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of taking 3,300 cars off Abu Dhabi’s roads.
The success of the 10MW PV plant is a good example of how Masdar integrates research, development and innovation with investment, sustainable production, and deployment,” said Wouters.
“The utility-scale PV plant has also enabled our engineers to gain insights into ways different PV technologies respond to the region’s climactic conditions. The expertise and knowledge gained will serve as a valuable reference point for other utility-scale PV projects in the region,” he added.
The connection of the 10MW solar power plant to Abu Dhabi’s electrical grid was a joint effort by Masdar, Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC) and the Emirate’s regulatory body, the Regulation and Supervision Bureau. ADDC, Abu Dhabi’s main grid holder is responsible for operating and developing the distribution networks.
Masdar Power is currently constructing the 100MW Shams One, one of the largest concentrated solar power plants of its kind in the world and the largest in the Middle East. Located at Madinat Zayed, 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi city, the project, is on schedule for completion towards the end of 2012. – TradeArabia News Service
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