Floating solar photovoltaic plants could soon be built in the Arabian Gulf.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for proposal (RFP) for consultants to study, develop and construct the plants.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA, said: “Floating photovoltaic systems are one of the most prominent emerging technologies that rely on installing solar photovoltaic systems directly above water.”
The consultancy services include a feasibility study, the technical requirements for a floating solar photovoltaic plant, an environmental impact assessment report, a study of the marine requirements, and other necessary studies on setting up electrical transmission. There needs to be a safety plan, as well as seawater feasibility studies, including tidal and system specifications, and system performance.
The move supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 (DCES 2050), which aims to provide 75 percent of the emirate’s total power output from clean energy by 2050. This will require a production capacity of 42,000 megawatts (MW) of clean and renewable energy.
DEWA has launched several ambitious initiatives and projects to achieve these objectives, including Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park - the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the Independent Power Project model, with a planned capacity of 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED50 billion.
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