His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, marked a historic moment by inaugurating the world’s largest concentrated solar power (CSP) project, the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
Spanning 950 megawatts (MW), this monumental project, with an investment of AED 15.78 billion, integrates three cutting-edge hybrid technologies: 600MW from a parabolic basin complex, 100MW from a CSP tower, and 250MW from photovoltaic solar panels.
This landmark initiative, constructed under the independent power producer (IPP) model, has earned its place in the Guinness World Records for the tallest solar tower at 263.126 meters and the largest thermal energy storage capacity of 5,907 megawatt hours (MWh). His Highness emphasized the UAE’s commitment to sustainability and the creation of a world-class infrastructure during the inauguration, coinciding with COP28, further underscoring the nation’s dedication to climate action.
The project, spanning 44 square kilometers, incorporates 70,000 heliostats tracking the sun’s movement. Featuring the Molten Salt Receiver (MSR) atop the solar tower, the CSP plant is equipped with over 1,000 thin tubes for absorbing solar rays and transferring them to molten salt, contributing to a capacity to provide clean energy for approximately 320,000 residences. This colossal endeavor is projected to reduce carbon emissions by about 1.6 million tonnes annually, reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global leader in clean, renewable energy.
The project showcase the UAE commitment to becoming a global hub for the greeneconomy. The inauguration aligns with the UAE’s NetZero by 2050 Strategy, reflecting the nation’s ongoing efforts to embrace renewable and alternative energies. Notably, this project serves as a testament to the leadership’s dedication to fostering a resilient and prosperous future, contributing significantly to global climate change efforts.