The UAE has built world’s largest plant for collection of solar energy




The UAE has built the world’s largest plant for the collection of solar energy

Due to its geographical location and the presence of very rare cloudy days, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are the perfect place to collect solar energy. It is not surprising that in this country was built the largest collection stations solar energy. Grand official opening of the station «Shams 1″ held this week, the president of the UAE, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the emir of Abu Dhabi.

Power output of the plant is 100 megawatts, according to portal Much of this energy will be enough for 20 000 000 homes located in the UAE. Construction «Shams 1″ (which means in Arabic “sun”) began in the second half of 2010 in the area, located about 120 kilometers south-east of Abu Dhabi. On its 2.5 square kilometers located 250 000 and 768 mirrors parabolotsilindricheskih collectors. Parabolic mirrors focus sunlight on a pipe with flowing water, thereby generates steam, which propels a turbine. Being situated in the middle of the desert, the system is cooled naturally by the wind.

Construction of the station «Shams 1″ at a cost of 460 million euros. Twenty percent of this amount was invested French fuel company Total, another 20 percent invested Spanish Abengoa Solar, and 60 percent were identified by Masdar. Through participation in the construction, Masdar now owns nearly 10 percent of the total energy generated in the world of solar energy.

The company says that «Shams 1″ will reduce the UAE annual CO2 emissions by about 175,000 tons, which is equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees, or reducing the number of cars on the 15 thousand.

At present «Shams 1″ can rightly be considered the largest power station for the extraction of solar energy, but the title, it may retain for long. Extraction of solar energy is attracting more of the modern world. In the United States, India and Morocco are being built with energy efficiency in the plant of 100 megawatts or more.

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