First solar test facility opens at Qatar Science and Technology Park

4 December 2012 (Last Updated December 4th, 2012 18:30)

Qatar has inaugurated its first large-scale Solar Test Facility at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in Doha.

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Qatar has inaugurated its first large-scale Solar Test Facility at Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) in Doha.

Chevron Qatar, GreenGulf, and Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) have collaborated to develop this facility, which will test emerging solar technologies from across the world to identify which suits best for the Gulf region.

The 35,000m² Solar Test Facility will investigate the effects of dust, heat and humidity on solar equipment's performance, and address challenges related to solar systems.

The facility will also generate other key applications such as solar cooling and solar desalination, and provide training and internship programmes for local students.

Chevron, GreenGulf and QSTP will capitalise on the research and analysis conducted at the facility to understand both commercial and technical issues of applying solar technologies.

QSTP executive chairman Dr Tidu Maini said that Qatar is blessed with high exposure to the sun making it an obvious renewable source of energy, but many specific challenges must be examined and addressed before the country can take full advantage of this potential.

"We are confident that this unique testing facility will provide us with data that will be able to support further development in the field," added Maini.

Chevron Qatar president Carl Atallah said: "This project supports Qatar's goal for energy sustainability through research into solar power and energy efficiency technologies and reinforces our commitment to sustainable development."


Image: Qatar, with high exposure to the sun, hopes to reduce its carbon emissions by developing solar farms. Image: courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.