floating solar pv

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) plans to develop floating solar photovoltaic plants in the Arabian Gulf.

The utility is seeking partners to develop, construct and study floating solar pv systems.

The partner will be responsible for:

  1. The feasibility study
  2. The technical requirements for a floating solar pv plant
  3. An environmental impact assessment report
  4. A study of the marine requirements (studies on setting up electrical transmission, a safety plan, and seawater feasibility studies including tidal and system specifications, and system performance)

The move is an effort by DEWA to expand its renewable energy portfolio to achieve goals set by the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

The goals include making the Emirate a global hub for clean energy and green economy, and provide 75% of Dubai’s total power output from clean energy by 2050.

To achieve the goals, DEWA has to expand its clean energy capacity to 42,000MW by 2050.

Projects so far launched by DEWA to achieve the goals include the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world, based on the Independent Power Project model. The plant will produce 5,000MW by 2030 at a total investment of AED 50 billion.

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said: “At DEWA, we launch innovative initiatives and solutions in line with our vision to provide an innovative and sustainable world for generations to come. Floating photovoltaic systems are one of the most prominent emerging technologies that rely on installing solar photovoltaic systems directly above water.”

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.