The Electrical Engineering Division At The Saudi Council Of Engineers Visits The Desert Technologies Factory in Jeddah


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The Electrical Engineering Division of the Saudi Council of Engineers, headed by Eng. Omar Al Shiekh,
conducted a visit to the Desert Technologies PV Panel Factory in Jeddah affiliated with the Desert
Technologies Group, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energy. They were
accompanied by a delegation of students from the student branches of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at King Abdulaziz University and Effat University.


The director of the Desert Technologies Factory Eng. Muhammad Jamal Baaqil was at the reception of
the delegation and gave a full explanation of the factory, which includes the newest production lines
that keep pace with the latest global technologies. The visiting delegation toured the factory, viewing all
the technologies used and manufacturing processes. Eng. Baaqil stated: “Desert Technologies Factory is
the first and most advanced PV module manufacturer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Our state-of-the-
art automated assembly line has a capacity of 110 MW. Our high-performance PV modules are fit for all
utility, commercial, and residential projects dt’s Industrial Model is based on mono-PERC crystalline
silicon, which is a proven and mature technology with a large room for future improvements. Our
production line employs a sophisticated, fully automated manufacturing process supported by the most
technologically advanced equipment from Germany, Switzerland and Finland. To maximize our output
and ensure a high-quality product, we set up a tight control at each stage of the production.”

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Baaqil confirmed that the plant’s production capacity is expected to reach 3 gigawatts in 2025, as the
technology used in the plant is resilient, reliable and designed specifically for desert climates. High-
efficiency PERC-monocrystalline 72-cells module achieves a power output up to 400 Wp and is Potential
Induced Degradation – (PID) Resistant. The PV modules use High-quality, anti-reflection technology for
higher yields, long-time stability and provide Long durability and high performance through tight and
high-quality raw materials selection. All with a 12-year warranty on materials and workmanship and a
25-Year Linear Performance Warranty.

Eng. Baaqil said: “We are proud to be part of the national initiative launched by the Saudi Export
Development Authority “Made in Saudi” Program, where our products that were exported and installed
giant projects in many countries such as Mozambique, the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, and Egypt represent an
addition to our many local projects. We are proud of our product “Sahara” and its use in rural areas,
military camps and other remote areas located outside the electrical network. “Sahara” containers
represent a technical revolution in the photovoltaic power generation system in an easier and faster
way in remote and difficult places which helps to provide a fertile environment for the establishment of
many events.”

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Eng. Omar Al Shiekh, Head of the Electrical Engineering Division, gave a brief presentation on the Saudi
Council of Engineers, its objectives, most prominent achievements and statistics, and the benefits of
membership for Saudi engineers.

He added that the renewable energy sector in the Kingdom is expected to provide many job
opportunities as part of the broader goal of “Vision 2030”, as studies expect this sector to provide more
than 750,000 jobs over the next decade. At the end of the visit, Eng. Omar Al Shiekh presented a
memorial shield to Eng. Muhammad Baaqil, and Eng. Baaqil presented souvenirs to the members of the
division bearing the signatures of the factory’s employees.

About Desert Technologies
Desert Technologies (DT) is a global platform for sustainable development including investment
development & management and an engineering, procurement and construction platform for large-
scale renewable energy projects. It is committed to building a future of sustainable and environmentally
responsible energy generation for Global Economic and population growth. DT’s approach is to combine
public benefit and private investment, with the vision of achieving a renewable energy industry that is
both social good and financially compelling. Its portfolio exceeds 210 million USD in projects, with an
additional 1.4 billion USD in the pipeline. Desert Technologies is pushing ahead with PV manufacturing in
KSA. The company plans to bring 1 GW of cell and module capacity online by the end of 2023 and to
extend this to 3 GW by 2026.

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