The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage System is a 600,000kW energy storage project located in Seih Al-Dahal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2018 and will be commissioned in 2030.

Description

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park – Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage System is being developed by Abengoa . The project is owned by Acwa Power International (50%) and Shanghai Electric Group (50%), a subsidiary of Shanghai Electric Group.

The key applications of the project are renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

ACWA Power International and Shanghai Electric Group are the owners. Abengoa is the developer.

Additional information

This project is part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -the world’s largest solar complex property of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) with this specific phase developed by DEWA in cooperation with ACWA Power. Construction has consisted of four phases so far. While the first three phases apply photovoltaic technology, the fourth one consists of a 100 MW central tower CSP technology and three plants of 200 MW parabolic trough CSP technology each.

About Abengoa

Abengoa SA (Abengoa) is an applied engineering and equipment manufacturer. It employs novel technological solutions for sustainability in infrastructures, energy and water sectors. The company provides integrated project solutions. Abengoa’s solutions include engineering, and operation and maintenance services for conventional and renewable energy, infrastructure, and water desalination projects. It is also involved in concession type infrastructuresand generates revenue from,long term sales agreements, such as take-or-pay contracts or power purchase agreements. The company serves customers in telecommunications, energy, environmental, industrial, transport, water utilities, and services sectors across North America, South America, Europe and other regions. Abengoa is headquartered in Seville, Spain.

Methodology

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