Is It Possible To Have Floating Solar Power Plants in UAE Waters?

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has expressed a request for an idea, RFP, for selecting consultants to study, develop and construct floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf.

This is a new and innovative drive by Dewa to use solar power that assist the goal of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050), to expand the energy mix in Dubai to provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.

The consultancy services consist of a feasibility study, the technical necessity for a floating solar photovoltaic plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, and other necessary studies on establishing electrical transmission, a safety plan, and a seawater feasibility studies which include tidal and system specifications, and system performance.

Speaking on the issue, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, stated that at DEWA, they work in accordance with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to attain economic, social, and environmental sustainable development and conserve natural resources within the framework of federal and local strategies, which include the UAE Vision 2021, UAE Centennial 2071, the Dubai Plan 2021, and the DCES 2050, as instructed by His Highness, to make Dubai as the city having the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050.

Achieving the goal of the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 would require a production capacity of 42,000 megawatts, MW, of clean and renewable energy by 2050. DEWA started many ambitious drives and projects to attain these goals, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

It’s the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the Independent Power Project model, with a planned capacity of 5,000 MW by 2030 at a total investment of Dh50 billion.

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