Week in Middle East: Germany’s SMA to supply inverters for 100 MW of PV in Turkey, Abu Dhabi gets solar concentrator that can store and convert power of ‘1,000 suns’, UAE’s Masdar inks agreement for first floating solar project in Indonesia and More

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Germany’s SMA to supply inverters for 100 MW of PV in Turkey

German photovoltaic (PV) inverter maker SMA Solar Technology AG (ETR:S92) has signed a contract with Turkish renewables company Tegnatia Enerji AS to equip 100 MW of solar projects in Turkey. SMA said that the first order of business under the new contract would be to supply inverters and other system technology for the 40-MW Teksin PV project in central Turkey. The German company will supply its brand of central inverters that are suited for solar parks with 1,500-V DC voltage and have an easy connection to storage, SMA said.

Abu Dhabi gets solar concentrator that can store and convert power of ‘1,000 suns’

Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable community Masdar City, and Wahaj Solar jointly announced the installation of a first-of-its-kind solar concentrator in the UAE at the Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) at the Masdar City Campus on Thursday. The newly installed concentrator, designed and developed by Wahaj, will offer a concentration ratio close to 1,000 suns and temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius, enabling the system to achieve higher temperature with less mirror surface – just 10-metres in diameter – compared to conventional CSP systems. Combined with a more efficient high temperature power generation system, it will convert more solar energy into electricity. With this concentrator, Khalifa University can develop other high-temperature thermal energy storage systems including thermochemical energy storage or solar fuel production. At a later stage, this could even lead to consider solar metallurgy by melting metals such as aluminum with solar energy alone.

UAE’s Masdar inks agreement for first floating solar project in Indonesia

Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy giant Masdar has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the state electricity company in Indonesia, for the first floating solar photovoltaic plant in the country. The 145MW PV plant, which will also be Masdar’s first floating solar PV project, will be built on a 225-hectare plot of the 6200-hectare Cirata Reservoir, in the West Java region. Construction is expected to begin soon, with commercial operation likely to start in 2022. Dr Sultan bin Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and chairman of Masdar, said: “The UAE has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to promoting and investing in clean energy projects around the world. This agreement between Masdar and Perusahaan Listrik Negara marks a significant milestone in Indonesia’s sustainable energy journey.

Marubeni and Total to Build Qatar Solar Plant

Qatar has signed a deal with Japan’s Marubeni and France’s Total to construct an 800-megawatt solar plant, the gas-rich state’s first such large-scale facility. The Al-Kharsaah solar project, costing about $500m and located 80km west of Doha, is expected to meet about 10 percent of the Gulf state’s peak electricity demand. The plant will be developed by a consortium comprising Marubeni, with 51 per cent, and Total with 49 per cent, the French energy company said on Monday. The first 350MW phase aims to connect to the country’s power grid by the first quarter of 2021, reaching full capacity by the first quarter of 2022. Gulf states have been turning away from burning oil for power and are increasingly adopting renewable energy sources, especially solar, the cheapest form of electricity production for new projects in the region.

Iranian Company Acquires Solar Desalination Technology

Desalination is a process that takes away mineral components from saline water. More generally, desalination refers to the removal of salts and minerals from a target substance, as in soil desalination, which is an issue for agriculture. Current water desalinating systems are highly energy-consuming; systems using solar energy are one of the low-cost ways to produce fresh water. Tropical areas and those affected by water scarcity usually have high solar energy potential, which makes it more efficient to use solar energy for the treatment of saline water. There is no domestic producer of solar desalination systems in the country and there are no other manufacturers in the world except for a few companies in Germany and the United States.

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