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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Dubai on track in deal with UK monorail firm

Arab News 27 Mar 2020
Dubai has enlisted the help of a UK company in a bid to modernize the emirate’s transport system by building a monorail ... Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi is constructing Masdar City, a vast development centered on moving the emirate away from oil dependence, being both car-free and relying chiefly on solar electricity for power....

Why is the UAE, where solar energy is abundant, about to open four nuclear reactors?

The Conversation 11 Mar 2020
IAEA Imagebank/Flickr , CC BY-NC-ND The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is building the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant , capable of generating 700 megawatts. During daylight, solar power will provide cheap electricity, and at night the UAE will use stored solar heat to generate electricity....

UAE on the verge of solar panel tipping point, says expert

Gulf Daily News 04 Mar 2020
Next-generation “efficient luxury” PV solar modules are poised to take centre-stage on building facades across the emirates and beyond, simultaneously ending the tradition of solar power solutions being placed out of sight on rooftops, stated Dr Hamidreza Peshevar, ......

UAE’s first floating solar power plant launched in Abu Dhabi

Gulf News 17 Feb 2020
The UAE’s first floating solar power plant will begin energy production this week in Abu Dhabi ... Powering Nurai Island Micro-Grid with Floating Solar on Sea Water Enerwhere ... The UAE's first floating Solar Power Plant by Enerwhere off the coast of Abu Dhabi Image Credit ... Advantages of a floating solar power plant....

What the UAE's energy mix will look like in the decades to come

The National 06 Feb 2020
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has set a string of world records for the cheapest solar power, and has been followed by the newly-reorganised Emirates Water and Electricity Company, which is currently tendering a giant two-gigawatt solar farm in Al Dhafra ... Both emirates ......

Abu Dhabi to invite consultancy bids for next solar IPP

MEED 21 Jan 2020
Abu Dhabi has been assessing various site options for the emirate's third major solar independent power producer scheme. The post Abu Dhabi to invite consultancy bids for next solar IPP appeared first on MEED ... ....

South Korean power company eyes $650m renewable energy project in Indonesia

The Jakarta Post 20 Jan 2020
A South Korean power producer is looking to finance a hydropower plant project in Central Java that would be the coal buyer’s first renewable energy deal with Indonesia ... Earlier this month, Indonesia secured $6.8 billion from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to develop, among other projects, two oil refineries and one floating solar power plant....

Sanad Powertech wins maintenance contract from Shams Power company

The National 18 Jan 2020
Abu Dhabi's Sanad Powertech, a wholly-owned unit of Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company, won a maintenance contract from the emirate's Shams Power Company ... The Shams 1 project of Masdar and its partners, a concentrated solar power plant, covers 2.5 square kilometres and has a capacity of 100 megawatts....

Abu Dhabi seeks best mix in energy drive

Gulf News 17 Jan 2020
To this end, Abu Dhabi’s latest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant made a significant power contribution in 2019 to the capacity mix and bringing the emirate closer to its 7 per cent renewables target for 2020. Not only did the solar plant position the emirate on the global map as a ......

Global Renewable Energy Market: Regional Prospects, Investment Analysis, Opportunities, Trends, FDI, Import and Export Analysis, ...

The Record 14 Jan 2020
The renewable energy sector is on the rise for the past decade, particularly solar and wind power technologies are growing at a rapid pace ... Renewable energy technologies covered in this report include Hydroelectric Power, Wind Power Energy, Bioenergy, Solar Energy and Geothermal Energy....

Jokowi kicks off UAE visit with renewable energy deal as Indonesia seeks funding for energy ambitions

The Jakarta Post 13 Jan 2020
... two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attracting more Middle Eastern investment, starting with a multi-million dollar solar power plant project in West Java....

Energy in Armenia

Asbarez 08 Jan 2020
Another noted the largest solar power plant in the country coming on line. Yet another was about the signing of an agreement with Masdar, a United Arab Emirates based company, for multiple solar power projects. Earlier in the year, in March, a contract for solar power generation ......

ME energy, utilities sectors set for major transformation

Gulf Daily News 11 Dec 2019
Shortly after the commissioning of the Sweihan plant in March, neighbouring emirate Dubai reached financial close for a $4.3 billion concentrated solar power (CSP) project, the largest single-site power investment project in the world ... for solar and wind power tariffs since 2015....

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