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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BMW confirms its 2021 targets despite worsening chip shortages

Metro USA 07 May 2021
Power Women with Victoria Schneps ... As part of its drive to use more environmentally sustainable raw materials, BMW said it would source half of the aluminium used at its foundry in Bavaria from Emirates Global Aluminium, which makes the metal using solar power....

A Massive Solar Power Farm Will Be Built in California Desert

Interesting Engineering 04 May 2021
The California desert will welcome another massive solar power farm to its sandy, and sunny, land ... also boasts the Topaz Solar Farm in California that can generate 580MW of power, and the ... India, and the United Arab Emirates, among other nations, host major solar power farms, too....

Abraham Accords March On While Saudi Arabia Drifts to China

The American Spectator 26 Apr 2021
The Abu Dhabi Investment Office also launched in Israel to court Israeli companies to do business in the Emirates. Israel is also in preliminary talks with the UAE to purchase solar power, while Israel and Bahrain signed a $3 million deal to consult with each other on water technology....

Azerbaijan, Masdar company sign agreements on solar power plant project (PHOTO)

MENA FN 06 Apr 2021
Investment agreement, Power Purchase agreement and Transmission Connection agreement were signed on 230 MW solar power plant between the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy, Azerenergy OJSC and Masdar company of the United Arab Emirates, Trend reports on April 6 with reference to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy....

Abu Dhabi committed to transitioning to clean and renewable forms of energy: DoE Chairman

Urdu Point 04 Apr 2021
Adding to the emirate’s solar power output is the Noor Abu Dhabi Solar Plant, which has a production capacity of 1,177 gigawatts of electricity - sufficient to cover the needs of 90,000 homes....

Solar-power proposal for Dubai's public toilets

The National 29 Mar 2021
DUBAI // The municipality is aiming to make its public toilets solar-powered ... This power source will be replaced by solar power in the experimental toilets, Mr Al Fuqae said ... Solar-powered toilets could be a model for similar projects, said Vahid Fotuhi, the chairman of the Emirates Solar Industry Association....

Al Tayer witnesses start of Dubai International Baja

Urdu Point 18 Feb 2021
Dubai International Baja is the first Fédération Internationale de l'automobile (FIA) World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power ... The rally’s headquarters and the Service Park are run on solar power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world....

Dubai International Baja walks into record books

Gulf News 17 Feb 2021
The Dubai International Baja will enter the record books this weekend as the first FIA World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power ... “We are glad to support the first FIA World Cup cross-country event to be run on solar power at the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park....
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BMW buys first aluminium made using solar energy from UAE's EGA

The National 02 Feb 2021
German car maker BMW said signed a deal with the UAE's Emirates Global Aluminium to source the metal produced using solar power to manufacture car parts as it looks to slash carbon emissions ... Producing aluminium is highly energy-intensive, the use of green power – such as solar electricity – offers considerable potential for reducing CO2 emissions....

Masdar and Bee’ah joint venture to develop UAE’s first solar landfill project

The National 21 Jan 2021
Emirates Waste to Energy Company, a joint venture between Bee’ah and Masdar, will develop the UAE’s first solar landfill project in Sharjah to boost the emirate’s renewable energy generation capacity ... It is developing a number of renewable energy projects including the world’s largest solar power plant in Abu Dhabi....

Uzbekistan to commission 9 power plants in 2021 amid rising domestic consumption 15 Jan 2021
Also France's Total Eren and the United Arab Emirates' Masdar companies are expected to commission two solar power plants in Samarkand and Navoi regions, respectively, in ......

14 new speed radars installed on UAE roads

Khaleej Times 09 Jan 2021
Solar-powered radars in Ras Al Khaimah to reduce emirate's carbon footprint ....

How the UAE is taking the climate change fight into 2021

The National 08 Jan 2021
The UAE’s clean power capacity, including solar and nuclear, is on track to reach 14 GW by 2030 – a remarkable progress from just above 100 MW in 2015 ... Solar power achievements. Al Dhafra region in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is about to become home to the world’s largest solar power plant with the capacity of 2 GW....

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