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Week in Middle East: Saudi Arabia is Set to be a Major Player in Hydrogen; DEWA, Stanford To Build Hitech PV System at Al Maktoum Solar Park and More


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Saudi Arabia is Set to be a Major Player in Hydrogen


Saudi Arabia is growing its production of hydrogen. The first green hydrogen plant in Saudi Arabia with an estimated cost of SR19 billion ($5 billion) will be jointly owned by Air Products and ACWA Power, a Riyadh-based power developer 50 percent owned by the Kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund. The plant will be based in NEOM, the new giga-city along the borders of Egypt and Jordan. The plant will be powered by 4 gigawatts of wind and solar power while production is due to begin in 2025. Saudi Aramco is also considering producing green hydrogen, thus competing with NEOM and increasing the Saudi market share of this important energy source. Aramco is looking into synergies between the two types of hydrogen, according to its chief technology officer Ahmed Al-Khowaiter. Saudi Arabia will be a major player in the hydrogen market as it is one of the few G20 economies or OPEC members investing heavily in green and renewable energy. NEOM, with its unique profile of sun and wind to convert water to hydrogen, aims to generate a clean source of energy on a massive scale.

DEWA, Stanford To Build Hitech PV System at Al Maktoum Solar Park

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s using its Space-D programme, has collaborated with Stanford University to develop an advanced system to forecast Photovoltaic (PV) production in the short term at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030. The new system reduces errors in the forecast to less than 10 per cent, said a statement from Dewa. The system uses modern technologies such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, high-density cameras on the main satellite and a network of metrological stations to predict irradiance, dust and cloud movement, which can affect PV performance. This supports the utility’s efforts to achieve the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75 percent of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.

KSTAR, CMEC and Dubai PV Developer Team Up for 76 MW PV Project in Ukraine

China’s solar inverters and energy storage system manufacturer KSTAR has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 76 MW solar project of Ukraine with CMEC (China Machinery Engineering Corporation) and a Dubai PV developer in UAE. According to KSTAR’’s project manager Ven Zhou, the company’s collaboration with CMEC will act as a supporter towards PV development in Ukraine, making it easier for customers and the local people to access solar power. KSTAR and CMEC agree to co-operate and collaborate and support the Dubai PV developer to implement and develop the project. “As one of PV and ESS leaders, our company and CMEC cooperation will help Ukraine going towards a clean, low-carbon future,” said Ven Zhou from KSTAR. “Our aim is to provide the favorable quality of service in solar industry to our clients in Ukraine.

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DEWA Announces Its Second Solar Decathlon Middle East in November

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) will host its second Solar Decathlon Middle East (SDME) for universities to design, build and operate sustainable solar-powered houses. DEWA has allocated more than 60,000 square metres at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park for the event, to be held in November in conjunction with Expo 2020 Dubai. Hosting the SDME Village at the Solar Park offers several advantages, including powering the facilities of the village with clean energy. The SDME Village comprises recreational areas for workshops, seminars, and key events for students and visitors. In addition, it includes a clinic, restaurants and cafés with Emirati and international cuisine. DEWA designed this village according to the highest international standards, ensuring all universities develop their sustainable homes easily and efficiently. Moreover, the village will maintain the highest health and safety standards, with all precautionary measures adopted in the UAE against COVID-19. HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that DEWA strives to enhance the success achieved at the first SDME in November 2018 and consolidate Dubai’s position as the capital of the green economy.

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