It`s still about megas and gigas
The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) announced in December 2018 that construction on the fourth phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai had begun. The total capacity of this phase is projected to be 950 megawatts (MW) and a total generation of 5 GW by 2030, said Dewa chief executive Saeed Al Tayer, who is invited to open the Intersolar Middle East conference on March 5, 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center.
The UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy aims to provide 44% of the country’s energy needs by 2050, with 7% of power targeted to come from solar by 2020. Projects such as the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park are integral to the plans.
The UAE puts its plans directly into practice
In January 2019 Abu Dhabi’s Department of Energy has begun operations at the world’s largest independent solar power plan, Noor Abu Dubai. The plant is expected to generate 1,177 MW of energy, double the capacity of the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm in California, US, the world’s current largest solar plant.
The first fully electric bus is also in service since January in Abu Dhabi — and passengers can ride it for free for the next few months. The doubters may have fallen silent in view of the rapid developments in the Emirate.
Bigger, better PV power plants
PV power plants developments will be one of the major focus points of the first conference day of Intersolar Middle East at March 5. Complex circumstances as in the Middle East region mean that there are major challenges facing the operation and maintenance of PV power plants. These come in conjunction with the generally growing requirements and opportunities that have evolved over recent years, from selecting the right technical components and cleaning the modules to monitoring the yields and evaluating the systems. The service offer is becoming ever more varied and comprehensive.
This session will explore how to recognize important services, how to reap the greatest benefits of the new opportunities and how to boost yields with adjusted O&M contracts. MENA expert Cornelius Matthes CEO, Kuwekeza Holdings, UAE will lead through this conference session with expert speakers as Máté Heisz, Policy Officer, Head of O&M, SolarPower Europe, Belgium, Ingo Rehmann, Managing Director & Founder, greentech GmbH & Cie. KG, Germany, and, Vice President of Emerging Region, Talesun Solar Technologies Co., Ltd.
The Intersolar Middle East Conference will take place on March 5-6, 2019. (HCN)
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