Dubai’s solar park enters stage four of construction
Exotic pictures of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park deep within Dubai’s desert interior are going viral over the internet. The 5,000 megawatt solar park was first announced in 2012 and would cost 50 billion dirham. Its completion is scheduled for 2030 divided into various phases of construction. Presently, the solar park is in phase four stage being worked upon by Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA), says a report.
DEWA claims that once it is complete, it will be tallest concentrated solar power (CSP) tower in the world. The park has been named after Emirate’s ruler, UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister.
The park will illuminate 1.3 million homes and help reduce carbon emissions by 6.5 million tonnes annually. Mirrors called heliostats will be used to focus sunlight at the top of tower to heat up a flow of molten salts.
However, dust continues to pose a major challenge to the authorities as dust accumulation on modules can substantially reduce the power generation of those modules. The heat is used to power steam turbines, generating electricity, etc.
At present, China’s 1547 megawatt Tenggar Desert Solar Park in Ningxia is the largest operating photovoltaic park in the world.