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Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park of Dubai gets the latest solar tracking technology which will boost the capacity of production by 30%. The technology is TrueCapture which uses advanced sensors and machine learning to get maximum results.
The fifth phase of Dubai’s solar park with 900 MW capacity uses photovoltaic bifacial technology. This technology helps solar radiation reach both at front and back of the solar panels and hence collects sunlight from both ends. The new solar tracking technology includes integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence that enables solar panels to get more energy.
“Innovation in algorithmic solar tracking systems and machine learning software enables solar panels to literally follow the sun and optimize performance,” Hans Sauter, vice-president (Mena), Nextracker.
TrueCapture helps in getting the highest performance for energy capturing, storing, and transmitting. The rise in efficiency is directly related to the reduction in energy production costs.
He added, “These innovations have helped new solar plants achieve up to 99% efficiency ratings, with machine learning accounting for an increase in efficiency of up to 6%. In the past 5 years, innovation in technology, plant design, and storage has driven the cost of solar from $0.05 to $0.0135 per kilowatt-hour. That’s nearly 75% reduction in energy production costs and a fraction the cost of fossil power production.”
Implemented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) using the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, the solar park is the largest single-site solar park in the world with a planned total capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030.
“The addition of Nextracker’s technology to phase five of the park will boost its production by 20 to 30 percent more than a fixed-tilt installation, and a further 1.02% gain over competitors’ tracking solutions. This gain delivered by Nextracker is enough to power 96,060 additional Dubai residences,” said Sauter.
Nextracker also opened up its regional headquarters in the country and has around 3 GW of solar power projects under construction or already operating in the kingdom and India.
“Today solar energy represents 94% of the current installed capacity of renewable energy across all GCC countries, with most of that coming from large utility-scale solar PV projects. Solar also represents 91% of the potential power generation currently in the pipeline in the GCC,” he added.