The Noor Midelt Solar Thermal Plant 1 – Thermal Energy Storage System is a 190,000kW energy storage project located in Midelt, Draa-Tafilalet, Morocco.

The thermal energy storage project uses molten salt as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2017 and will be commissioned in 2022.


The Noor Midelt Solar Thermal Plant 1 – Thermal Energy Storage System is being developed by Abu Dhabi Future Energy, EDF Renewables and Green Of Africa. The project is owned by Abu Dhabi Future Energy (33.33%), a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment, EDF Renewables (33.33%), a subsidiary of EDF Renewables and Green Of Africa (33.33%).

The key applications of the project are onsite renewable generation shifting, renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

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Abu Dhabi Future Energy, EDF Renewables and Green Of Africa are the owners. Abu Dhabi Future Energy, EDF Renewables and Green Of Africa are the developers.

Additional information

The project is a part of Noor Midelt Phase-I. Noor Midelt Phase-I will receive a $25 million loan from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CTF) in addition to $25 million in CTF resources provided by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

About Abu Dhabi Future Energy

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co (Masdar), a subsidiary of Mubadala Investment Co, is a renewable energy company. The company mainly focuses on solar and wind power projects such photovoltaic power, concentrated solar and offshore and onshore wind farms. Masdar invests in and contributes to innovative projects such as utility-scale power plants, community grid projects, and individual solar home systems. The company also focuses on advancing cleantech innovation and offers energy services consultancy. It is also involved in sustainable urban development, building, and deploying advanced technologies such as reverse osmosis seawater desalination plants. The company develops projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and other regions. Masdar is headquartered in Masdar, Abu Dhabi, the UAE.

About EDF Renewables

EDF Renewables Inc (EDF Renewables), formerly, enXco, Inc., is an independent power producer and service provider. The company delivers grid-scale power: onshore and offshore wind, solar photovoltaic, and storage projects. Its major services include project management, asset management and operation, retrofits and upgrades, and maintenance of electricity generation projects. The company has operations across the US, Canada and Mexico. The company provides origination, development, transaction and construction services for offshore and onshore large-scale wind, solar photovoltaic and storage projects. EDF Renewables is headquartered in San Diego, California, the US.


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