Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

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UAE invests $4 million to lift women out of poverty in Liberia

The National 09 Sep 2019
... enable the women working in poultry and vegetable production to cope with possible financial crises in their lives, according to Emirates News Agency WAM. Energy company Masdar will set up a solar-powered power supply system for modern production of vegetables, poultry, and rice....

Dubai airport reflects the futuristic city that lies beyond

The National 12 Aug 2019
In December last year, it welcomed its billionth passenger ... Plans are underway to integrate solar-powered and self-driving cars into ground transportation and Emirates airline chief Tim Clark envisions innovative measures in the near future, with robots handing passengers their baggage ... Dubai's airport has done much to dispel that fusty image ... SHARE. ....

UAE to build three schools in cyclone-hit Fiji

The National 27 Jul 2019
UAE opens solar-powered water station in Yemen. The Emirates Red Crescent would finance the projects in line with the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa to support the development of infrastructure in areas affected by environmental disasters in Fiji....

Humans have an interest in inhabiting Mars

Deccan Chronicle 27 Jul 2019
The solar powered Chinese rover will be around 250 kg. The fourth mission is from the United Arab Emirates and they are using a Japanese rocket to get to Mars ... The other planets of our solar system are very different from Earth ... It is currently testing the engines powered by methane ......

World's largest solar power plant to be built in Abu Dhabi, start commercial operations in 2022

International Business Times 07 Jul 2019
The United Arab Emirates will be having a 2,000 MW solar photovoltaic power project in the heart of its capital city ... The plant is expected to start commercial operations by 2022 and will bring about a hike in Abu Dhabi's solar power capacity to about 3,200 MW....

UAE Switches On Largest Solar Farm

Oil Price 01 Jul 2019
The United Arab Emirates have launched the largest single solar power farm in the world, the 1.18-GW Noor Abu Dhabi, Endgadget reports citing a tweet by the Abu Dhabi government. The facility, which dwarfs the largest solar farm in the United States—the 569-MW Solar Star—is only comparable to solar parks, which combine several separate solar farms....

Silk Road Fund facilitates financial integration along Belt and Road

People Daily 08 May 2019
Under the joint efforts of the Silk Road Fund and other global investors and loaners, the Yamal liquefied natural gas project in Russia, the Karot hydropower station in Pakistan, as well as the concentrated solar power project and the Hassyan clean coal project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates are in smooth progress....

Sharjah to build Dh2bn solar-powered sustainable city

The National 27 Mar 2019
Sharjah has become the latest emirate in the UAE to build a solar-powered community, after the state-controlled investment fund said it will develop a Dh2 billion sustainable city in partnership with a Dubai-based real estate developer ... on solar power and recycle waste and water....

LT gains 4% on contracts win in India and abroad

Moneycontrol 12 Mar 2019
Another order to execute the power supply system and SCADA works for Mumbai Metro Line 7 has been bagged and other order is for the design and construction of a 15MW grid connected floating solar farm has been received to be executed as part of Visakhapatnam Smart City project....

Sharjah utility to tender water desalination plant in 2020 to meet rising demand

The National 10 Mar 2019
Sharjah will see its population rise to almost two million by 2020 making it the second most populous emirate and placing increasing stress on the utilities regulator to keep up with rising power and water demand ... mega projects [especially] for the solar power,” said Mr Al Mulla....

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid announces Dh5.8 billion investment plan for northern emirates

The National 06 Mar 2019
We also allocated AED5.8 billion to energy and water projects in the Northern Emirates and approved the construction of a solar power station and a plant to desalinate 150 million gallons of water for Umm al Quwain in the next two years....

Sheikh Mohammed approves Dh5.8b water projects in UAE

Khaleej Times 06 Mar 2019
Construction of a solar power station and a plant to desalinate 150 million gallons of water for Umm Al ......

Dewa starts pre-bidding process for fifth phase of mega solar park

The National 02 Mar 2019
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority issued a request for qualification for the 900 Megawatt fifth phase of the emirate’s mega solar park as it forges ahead with plans to source the majority of its power from clean energy over the coming decades. This phase of the solar park is ......