Phoenix Solar to build 1.8 MW extension for 1.7 MW PV plant in Saudi Arabia
in Middle East Solar News

Phoenix Solar AG, (Sulzemoos, Germany) on July 17th, 2013 announced that its Oman and Singapore based subsidiaries are jointly constructing a 1.8 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on the grounds of KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum studies and Research Center) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, home to the world’s largest oil research facility. The KAPSARC II…

Phoenix Solar to build 1.8 MWp PV plant in Saudi Arabia
in Middle East Solar News

Phoenix Solar has begun its second project for Saudi Arabian energy group Saudi Aramco, a 1.8 MWp plant in Riyadh. The Gulf region has become a key market for the recently restructured German company.  Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco is expanding its 3.5 MWp KAPSARC project to 5.3 MWp, with Germany’s Phoenix…

U.S. Innovator Exports Cooling Tower Technology Worldwide
in Middle East Solar News

Advanced plastic cooling towers help ensure reliability of solar-powered cooling project and water treatment plant in Middle East.   The advantages of using HDPE-based (high-density polyethylene) “plastic” cooling towers have been well received throughout commercial and industrial sectors of the U.S. for a number of years. Now the company responsible for developing this cost-and-downtime saving…

Dubai pupil’s quest for solar knowledge
in MESIA in the News

DUBAI // While Abhinav Das’s classmates were letting their imaginations run wild for a school project, he knuckled down to solve a conundrum: why doesn’t the UAE make more use of solar power?   Abhinav, 15, a pupil at Jumeira Baccalaureate School in Dubai, asked himself that question for years.  So while his friends were…

Concern over Saudi Arabia’s summer diesel consumption surge
in Middle East Solar News

As Ramadan approaches, there is a unique trend that is about to engulf the entire Middle East – a rise in food consumption. In the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there is a second trend that is equally eye-catching – a spike in diesel consumption.   In Saudi Arabia, diesel is used extensively as a fuel…

What’s next for CSP in the UAE?
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Abu Dhabi made history when it launched the world’s largest CSP plant, Shams 1, in March 2013. With Dubai’s 1 GW solar park now underway, how open will the market be to international CSP players, and what could possibly hinder CSP development in the UAE? By Heba Hashem Ever since Dubai’s 1GW Mohammed bin Rashid…

A mirage or oasis: Solar power in the Middle East
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At a recent function in Dubai, I found myself chatting with a witty banker from the UK. When he found out I work in the solar industry, his first comment was “well, there is certainly no shortage of sun here”. We both nodded as we looked out at the glaring summer sun. Then came the…

Dubai airport’s Concourse D to use solar power
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Dubai’s new airport concourse is to be among a handful in the world to use solar power with a rooftop array. It will be capable of meeting 1.8 per cent of power demand once it comes online.   Concourse D, an addition to Terminal 3 that is part of the airport’s U$7.8 billion expansion plan, announced…

The Makings Of A Solar Superpower?
in Middle East Solar News

There are some basic truths that give the countries in the Middle East a powerful edge in the race to the top in the world of solar energy. The most obvious is that arid climatic conditions mean there’s a great deal of sunlight throughout the year, with clear skies on average for 80 per cent…