Government of Dubai approved a 700-MW extension to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. It will give additional capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030, with a 260-m solar tower to take center stage. The solar park sits around 50 km south of Dubai and its first phase was started in 2013, since then it expanded to include 2.3 million photovoltaic solar panels and a capacity of 200 MW. It is expected the park to cover 214 sq km and to reduce carbon emissions by 6.5 million tons per year.
The extension will actually form the world’s largest single-site concentrated solar power (CSP) project. These facilities generate solar power by using lenses and reflectors to concentrate sunlight and use it to heat fluids, which can in turn produce steam to drive a turbine. One advantage of this approach is that the system can store some of the energy as heat and dispatch it as needed.
Source: Business Wire