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.

Latest News for: Emirates solar power


SNOC signs agreement to establish largest solar energy station in Sharjah

Urdu Point 04 Oct 2023
He was speaking on the occasion of the signing of an agreement between the Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC), the executive arm of the oil and gas industry in the Emirate, and Emerge Company, co-owned by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) and the French Electricity Company (EDF) to build the largest solar power station in Sharjah....

Cleaning up aluminum will be critical to a low-carbon future

Grist 28 Sep 2023
... of solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles ... Facilities in Iceland and Canada have already shown that aluminum production is possible using hydropower, and the United Arab Emirates in 2021 announced the world’s first commercial production of aluminum using solar power....

'Green Silk Road' a major step on clean energy journey

China Daily 25 Sep 2023
The 2-gigawatt Al Dhafra solar power plant — the world's largest single-site photovoltaic power plant — lights up about 160,000 households with a constant supply of clean electricity ... It seems incredible that a PV solar project of such magnitude and significance was completed amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the relentless heat....

EWEC opens 1.5 GW solar tender in Abu Dhabi

PV Magazine 18 Sep 2023
(EWEC ) has launched a tender for the construction of a 1.5 GW solar power plant in the Khazna area, where several data centers are operated ... power purchase agreement (PPA), without providing further technical or financial details....

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