The new solar thermal power plant to be built in Dubai it will be the biggest and most powerful in the world, overtaking Qinghai China, with 850 MW. Dubai factory it will produce 1,000 MW in 2020 and reach 5,000 MW in 2030.
Saeed al-Tayer, CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), announced today that the first phase will be operational in 5 years.
This solar power plant will use thousands of heliostats (solar thermal mirrors are computer controlled) to focus a large area of sunlight on a small area at the top of a tower. The concentrated energy is transformed into heat, which is used to drive a steam turbine that powers an electrical energy generator. Advances in technology allow heat to be stored and energy to be produced even in the absence of sunlight.
This plant reduce 6.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The aim of Dubai is that by 2050 75% of its energy will be renewable.
This project will even overtake the Ouarzazate solar power plant in Morocco, which is expected to have a capacity of up to 580 megawatts of electricity.