UAEAl Dhafra solar power plant covers more than 20 square kilometers of desert equipped with 4 million double-sided solar panels and can meet the electricity needs of nearly 200,000 households.
The 2 gigawatt (GW) Al Dhafra solar farm is located 35 km from Abu Dhabi. The plant is jointly owned by clean energy company Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), EDF Renewables in France, JinkoPower in China and Emirates Electricity and Water Company (EWEC). Interesting Engineering reported on November 20.
The factory is equipped with nearly 4 million double-sided solar panels, estimated to provide enough electricity for 200,000 households, while reducing 2.4 million tons of carbon emissions annually, equivalent to emissions from 470,000 cars. on the road. The most advanced crystalline bifacial solar cell technology allows for more efficient power supply by absorbing solar radiation from both the front and back of the panel.
According to Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the project represents a major step forward in solar power efficiency, innovation and competitiveness. expense.
The project also broke cost records for a large-scale solar power facility. Initially, the farm had the most competitive solar power price at 0.0135 USD/kWh, then reduced to 0.0132 USD/kWh when operating commercially. The project also began providing electricity to the national grid.
Over the past 15 years, the UAE has emerged as a prominent country in the field of solar power. Currently, the UAE is ranked second in terms of solar energy usage per capita.
EWEC has just handed over the development of two more solar power projects of the same scale as Al Dhafra farm. In addition, they also plan to build a 1 GW solar power project in Abu Dhabi every year for the next 10 years as part of their enhanced carbon reduction strategy.
An Khang (According to Interesting Engineering)