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Morocco's Midelt Solar Project Phase Two Launched (Int'l Report)
African Energy Live Data
Date: 2019-07-17
Further to our 24th May report, African Energy Live Data is reporting pre-qualification has begun for phase two of the giant Midelt solar project in Morocco. The project, which is part of the Noor programme managed by the Rabat-based Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN), incorporates both concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies.

The first 800MW phase was awarded to a consortium of France's EDF, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (MASDAR), and Green of Africa in May. Initial plans were for the first phase to consist of two separate hybridised CSP and PV plants. The CSP component of each project was planned to be around 150-190MW and the PV component 150-210MW, making a maximum of 400MW for each plant. A similar structure was contemplated for the second phase but this appears to have been rejected in favour of a single plant.

The second phase preferred bidder will design, finance, build, operate and maintain the plant, which will be constructed roughly 20 km north of Midelt on plains around the Moulouya River.

The project company will also sign a 25-year PPA with MASEN and will be owned by a lead member, expected to hold at least 35 pct , as well as a technical member holding 5 pct. MASEN will likely take a 25 pct stake in both the project company and the operations and maintenance company. The second phase is expected to be built on a turnkey basis through a lump sum fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract.

MASEN notes the Noor-Ouarzazate I solar project achieved 32 pct industrial integration, while Noor Ouarzazate II and III both reached 35 pct. (Source: African Energy Live Data, ESI Africa, July, 2019) Contact: African Energy Live Data, www.africa-energy.com/live-data; Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, www.masen.ma/en; Masdar, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Noor Solar,  MASDAR,  


Dubai Plans World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power System (Int'l)
ACWA Power
Date: 2019-04-05
In the UAE, Saudi Arabian firm ACWA Power reports it has been selected as the primary team for a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) system to be constructed in Seih Al-Dahal, 30 miles south from Dubai. When commissioned and online in 2030, the project is expected to produce 950 MW of power total -- 250 megawatts from PV panels and a further 700 from CSP.

The Dubai CSP project's project molten salt tanks will store 15 hours of capacity. The project will involve building an 853-foot solar tower, which its developers claim will be the largest in the world. The solar park as a whole is expected to produce 5 GW gigawatts when completed. (Source: ACWA Power, Inverse, April, 2019) Contact: ACWA Power, +971 4 248 0800, www.acwapower.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  ACWA Power,  


DEWA Seeking Dubai Concentrated Solar Power Park Developer (Int'l)
DEWA
Date: 2019-03-04
In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has issued a request for qualification for developers to construct and operate the fifth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, with a capacity of 900MW. The fifth phase is expected to be commissioned in stages starting from Q2 of 2021.

The 5,000 MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is the largest single-site strategic solar park of its kind in the world. The 13MW photovoltaic first phase became operational in 2013 using photovoltaic solar panels while the 200MW photovoltaic second phase of the solar park started operations in March 2017. The 800MW photovoltaic third phase will be operational by 2020 while the fourth phase of the solar park will feature the tallest solar tower in the world at 260 metres and the largest thermal storage capacity of 15 hours.

The Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 calls for 75 pct of Dubai's total power output to be sourced from clean energy by 2050. (Source: DEWA, reve, 3 Mar., 2019) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Solar,  


DEWA Tendering 900MW CSP Solar in Dubai (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority
Date: 2019-03-01
Following up on our November 7, 2018 coverage, the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) reports the issuance of a tender for 900MW of solar power located within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- one of the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) developments.

The tender follows Dubai's regional neighbour Abu Dhabi's 2GW solar tender via the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA). Dubai's Phase V project is due to be commissioned in Q2 2021 and the power generated by the plant will be purchased by DEWA under a long-term PPA. (Source: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, Middle East Utilities, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Dubai Electricity & Water Authority,  


Sahara NOOR CSP Solar Projects Now Online (Int'l Report)
Power Construction Corporation of China
Date: 2019-01-21
Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Beijing-based Power Construction Corporation of China, is reporting construction of the NOOR II and NOOR III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway city to the Sahara Desert, has been completed and both facilities are now online.

The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid. The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release. (Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999, +86 1 058381621 - fax., www.powerchina.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  Power Construction Corporation of China,  


DEWA Adding 250 MW of PV to 700-MW Dubai CSP Project (Int'l)
DEWA
Date: 2018-11-07
In a press release, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it will expand its 700-MW concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai with an additional 250-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) component.

The project is the fourth phase of the 5-GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park that combines CSP and PV technologies. (Source: DEWA, PR, Renewables, Others, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: DEWA, www.dewa.gov.ae.

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  Solar,  CSP Solar,  


ContourGlobal Confirms 50-MW Iberdrola CSP Purchase Talks (M&A)
ContourGlobal,Iberdrola
Date: 2018-10-19
London-headquartered worldwide thermal and renewalble power plant owner ContourGlobal Plc is confirming discussions with the Spanish utility Iberdrola SA for the possible purchase of Iberdrola's 50-MW, Puertollano concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The deal is reportedly valued at between €150 million and €190 million. (Source: ContourGlobal, El Economista, Renewables 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ContourGlobal, +44 (0)20 7404 5959, www.contourglobal.com: Iberdrola Renewables, http://iberdrolarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ContourGlobal,  CSP,  Solar,  Iberdrola,  


DEWA Seeking Chinese Renewable Energy Partners (Int'l Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-10-17
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking Chinese partners for the development of green energy sources and will, over the next 30 years, invest approximately $8.2 billion in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

DEWA expects to generate 25 pct of its power from solar by 2030, increasing to 75 pct by 2050. To that end, the city commissioned the world's largest single-site solar park for Dubai in October 2013. The facility aims to have a 5,000 megawatt capacity by 2030, with a fifth coming from concentrated solar power. (Source: DEWA, PR, Yicai Global, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Exec. VP Business Development, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  Solar,  Green Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


India's Solar Industry Funded to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l)
European Investment Bank, International Solar Alliance
Date: 2018-10-01
In a boost to India's solar industry, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will bridge the urban financing gap with Global Urbis, launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and expand solar energy through the International Solar Alliance.

Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.

The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.

The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.

The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies. (Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383, +27 21 202 0388, urbis@iclei.org, http://urbis.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  Climate Change,  


Moroccan NOOR III CSP Solar Project Well Underway (Int'l)
NOOR III
Date: 2018-09-10
From the Moroccan capital city of Rabat, the Chinese new agency Xinhua is reporting China's Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. is constructing the world's tallest CSP solar tower near the city of Ouarzazate. The tower is part of Morocco's Noor III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project.

The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.

Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate. The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target. Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe. (Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp

More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Solar,  CSP Solar,  


Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
Azelio
Date: 2018-06-18
Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and CSP Market 2018-2023 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage
Date: 2018-06-11
Thr Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market Report provides the analysis on the current state of, and forecasts for, the Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry to help develop innovative strategies. The report includes CSP industry volume, market revenue, market share, market trends, range applications, and pricing during the forecast period from 2018 to 2023.

Report details HERE. (Source: MarketBiz,PR, June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage,  


Abengoa Lands $650Mn Dubai CSP Project Contract (Int'l)
Shanghai Electric Group,Abengoa SA
Date: 2018-05-11
Abengoa SA reports it has been selected to partner with Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd for a $650 million (€549 million) concentrated solar power (CSP) project in Dubai.

The project is part of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority's (DEWA) four-phase Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power complex. The 100-MW project will incorporate a 100-MW central tower and three 200-MW facilities of parabolic trough CSP technology provided by Agengoa. Shanghai Electric is acting as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor. (Source: Shanghai Electric Group, Renewables, 10 May, 2018) Contact: Shanghai Electric Group, www.shanghai-electric.com; Abengoa SA, www.abengoa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shanghai Electric Group,  Abengoa SA ,  CSP,  


DEWA 300MW CSP Tender Planned for Early 2019 (Int'l. Report)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2018-05-07
In the UAE, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is planning to launch a 300MW tender for a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with storage in Q1, 2019. The project will to be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park where the phased development is targeting 5GW of capacity by 2030.

A consortium led by Abu Dhabi's Masdar and France's EDF Group are expected to complete for the 2020 third phase of the project and have reportedly arranged $650 million in financing to that end. (Source: DEWA, The National, 3 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  CSP Solar,  Solar ,  


Dubai Touting World's Largest CSP Solar Park Project (Int'l)
Concentrated Solar
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting ground breaking of a 700 MW solar project touted as "the world's biggest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project," near Al Qudra.

The completed CSP project is expected to provide clean energy to over 270,000 homes in Dubai, estimated to cut 1.4 million tpy of power generation-related carbon emissions. The $13.5 billion CSP project will altogether generate 1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. (Source: DEWA, Gulf News UA Environment, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  


Italian Energy Giant Targets 1GW of Renewables by 2021 (Int'l Report)
Eni
Date: 2018-03-21
In Rome, energy giant Eni reports it plans to install 1GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2021, rising to 5GW by 2025. To that end, the company plans to invest €1.2 billion between 2018 and 2021 to meet its new targets, with at least a further €600 million invested on wider decarbonization plans, it added.

The company operates oil and gas projects in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia, but highlighted the need for renewables growth in its 2018-2021 strategy. The company previously identified a 463 MW pipeline of solar PV and concentrated solar power (CSP) as part of its 2017-2020 plan, but none of these projects have yet been completed. Eni had signed a framework deal with GE in 2016 to develop renewable energy projects, including onshore and offshore wind, but to-date has no wind power projects installed. (Source: Eni, PR, Various Media, 18 Mar., 2018)Contact: Eni, www.eni.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Renewable Energy,  Renewables,  


Aalborg CSP Solar System Facility Launched in Denmark (Int'l)
Aalborg CSP
Date: 2018-03-21
Denmark-based Aalborg CSP reports the opening of a €45 million ($55.2 million) solar renewable heat and power facility in the town of Br√łnderslev, Denmark. The facility is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the world to integrate concentrated solar power and a biomass boiler while also using Organic Rankine Cycle to turn the energy into district heating and electricity.

info@aalborgcsp.com, www.aalborgcsp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aalborg CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  


Cleanergy's $575Mn Stirling CSP Project Underway in China (Int'l)
Cleanergy,Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies.
Date: 2017-06-21
Goteborg, Sweden-based Stirling engine-based renewable energy solutions provider Cleanergy AB reports it has begun installation of its Stirling concentrated solar power (CSP) technology in China, for a 200MW project for Beijing-based Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies. The $575 million deal included the manufacturing, installation and development of Cleanergy's advanced Stirling CSP technology in China.

Cleanergy's GasBox waste-to-energy system is installed in a modular container and converts methane gas into electricity. The GasBox is an autonomous and flexible Stirling Engine unit incorporated with a real-time power management system with remote access and optional grid functionality. The firms will initially install 50MW capacity in 2018, while the remaining 150MW will be installed as a second step that includes energy storage. (Source: Cleanergy, June, 2017) Contact: Cleanergy, Jonas Eklind, CEO, Alexander Vestin, SVP, Bus. Dev., +46 70 566 7000, alexander.vestin@cleanergy.com, www.cleanergy.com; Datang Holdings New Energy Technologies, www.cccme.org.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP Solar,  Stirling Engine,  


Namibia Announces New Biomass Power Plans (Int'l Report)
NamPower
Date: 2017-05-08
Namibian power utility NamPower, part of the Southern African Power Pool, reports plans to construct a 40MW biomass power plant at Otjiwarongo and another 20MW power plant around the Otavi area. said in an interview that tenders will soon go out for A third 150MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant will be built in the Arandis area.

NamPower will holda 51 pct stake in the power plants and farm out 49 pct to interested investors, including contractors and financial institutions. Construction of the CSP power plant will take up to three- and-a-half years, while timelines on the biomass projects have not been revealed. (Source: NamPower, The Namibian, Bioenergy Insights, 2 May, 2017) Contact: NamPower, Simson Haulofu, Managing Director, +264 (61) 205 4111, webinfo@nampower.com.na, www.nampower.com.na

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  CSP Solar,  


Bids Sought for DEWA 200MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
Date: 2017-01-25
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking bids for the development of 200MW concentrated solar power (CSP) power plant. Being developed on Independent Power Producer (IPP) model, the solar park is expected to cost approximately $13.6 billion and to be completed by 2030.

The 13MW first phase of the solar park was commissioned in 2013. The 200MW second phase is planned to be operational by 2017 followed by 800MW third phase by 2020.

Earlier in 2016, DEWA selected Masdar-led consortium for the development of third phase of the solar park following its lowest bid of power generation price.

The solar park is designed to contribute to the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, which aims to generate 7 pct of its total power from clean energy sources by 2020, increasing to 25 pct by 2030 and 75 pct by 2050. (Source: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Trade Arabia, EBR, Others, 23 Jan., 2017)Contact: DEWA , Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,  


Morocco Plans 800-MW CSP, PV Solar Tender for 2017 (Int'l)
Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy
Date: 2016-11-16
In Marrakesh, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) reports that Morocco will issue tenders for two 400-MW, concentrated solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) technology solar power plants early in 2017. In October, MASEN invited pre-qualification bids from parties interested in building and operating the two facilities near the central town of Midelt,

The German state-owned bank KFW has agreed to provide €710-million ($768 million) in loan funding for the projects. The World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will also participate. (Source: Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, SeeNews,15 Nov., 2016) Contact: Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, www.masen.ma

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


SUNCNIM Closes on €60Mn for French CSP Plant (Int'l, Funding)
SUNCNIM,Bpifrance
Date: 2016-10-19
In France, La seyme-sur-Mer- headquartered based SUNCNIM, a joint-venture set up by CNIM and Bpifrance's Societe de Projets Industriels reports it has closed on the financing for its proposed concentrated solar power (CSP) plant at Llo in the French Pyrenees. Upon completion, the project will be the world's first Fresnel solar thermodynamic power plant with the capacity to store several hours of energy.

The plant, with a generation capacity of more than 9 MWe and 4-hour thermal energy storage capacity and 153,000 m2 of mirror area, will generate renewable electricity to be exported via the EDF grid. SUNCNIM constructed a pilot in 2010 which was validated by the Agency for the Environment and Optimization of Energy Resources (ADEME) in 2012. (Source: SUNCNIM, AltEnergy, Oct., 2016) Contact: SUNCNIM, +33 494 103 000, www.suncnim.com; Bpifrance, www.bpifrance.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSP,  solar thermodynamic,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

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