Masdar: Largest solar power plant in the world in UAE
Masdar, Abu Dhabi renewable and alternative energy technology solutions company, has awarded the companies, Total and Abengoa Solar the partnership to own, construction and operate the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. The plant, Shams 1, will be located in the Middle East in Madinat Zayed, which is roughly 120 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi.
The project is set to contribute to achieving Abu Dhabi’s target of 7 percent renewable energy power generation capacity by the year 2020. Shams 1 will extend over an area of 2.5 square kilometers and have the capacity to generate around 100 megawatts (MW). The solar field will consist of 768 parabolic trough collectors, which Abengoa Solar will be responsible for supplying. Construction is due to start in Q3 2010 and is estimated to take up to two years to develop. Shams 1 will be the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world.
Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber, CEO of Masdar, stated: “The launch of the Shams 1 marks a very important milestone for Masdar and for Abu Dhabi. I am very proud of the announcement we are making today because this project, which will be the first utility scale, commercial solar power project in the UAE, represents the translation into reality of the vision the Abu Dhabi leadership had for renewable energy in the Emirate. In addition, Shams 1 will allow Masdar to transfer to Abu Dhabi the know-how and expertise we have gained from our involvement in developing world-class renewable energy projects abroad, thus not only opening the door for renewable energy projects in the UAE but also for technology transfer, contributing toward the development of a knowledge-based economy and new job opportunities through the specializations required to manage and operate the plant.”
Santiago Seage, CEO of Abengoa Solar, also added: “We have teamed with the most qualified partners in the region, Total and Masdar, to own and operate what will be the most advanced solar plant, featuring our cutting-edge technology”.
The plant is expected to prevent approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 annually—the equivalent of removing 15,000 cars or planting 1.5 million trees. Shams 1 is registered under the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM).
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
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Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
Last month Canadian Solar Inc. was awarded the first utility-scale battery storage project in Colombia of 45 MW/45 MWh. The project was awarded in the public tender launched by Colombia's Ministry of Energy and Mines, via its affiliate UPME, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit.