Solar power

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.

The International Energy Agency projected in 2014 that under its "high renewables" scenario, by 2050, solar photovoltaics and concentrated solar power would contribute about 16 and 11 percent, respectively, of the worldwide electricity consumption, and solar would be the world's largest source of electricity. Most solar installations would be in China and India.

Photovoltaics were initially solely used as a source of electricity for small and medium-sized applications, from the calculator powered by a single solar cell to remote homes powered by an off-grid rooftop PV system. As the cost of solar electricity has fallen, the number of grid-connected solar PV systems has grown into the millions and utility-scale solar power stations with hundreds of megawatts are being built. Solar PV is rapidly becoming an inexpensive, low-carbon technology to harness renewable energy from the Sun.

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Conserving water, preventing floods

Dawn 19 Jul 2024
WATER is an essential commodity and is central to life for sustenance ... In Iran, small ponds, or ‘hawz’, used to be a compulsory part in every home ... The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also working on various water modification techniques, like cloud seeding and solar-powered desalination plants, for drinking and agricultural purposes ... Ghazala Anbreen ... ....

Yemeni Citizens celebrate inauguration of UAE-supported power plant: 'UAE electricity has given us back the feeling that we are still alive'

YemenOnline 16 Jul 2024
Citizens of the southern governorate "Aden" celebrated the inauguration of Aden's solar power plant, the country's first strategic project fully funded by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ... The 120-megawatt solar power plant is an important start to a strategic project with renewable and clean energy."....

Masdar Joint Venture Leads Construction

The Arabian Post 10 Jul 2024
The Emirate of Sharjah is poised to harness the desert sun with the groundbreaking of its largest solar power plant ... This shift towards renewable energy sources will ensure a more sustainable future for the Emirate ... The inauguration of Sharjah’s largest solar plant marks a significant development for the Emirate’s clean energy ambitions....

Eximbank provides $150 mil. for UAE solar power generation project

Korea Times 08 Jul 2024
The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Eximbank) is providing $150 million in project financing for the Ajban solar power generation project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the bank announced Monday ... Totaling more than $900 million, the Ajban solar power generation project aims to ......

Sharjah lays cornerstone for its largest solar power plant

Gulf Today 08 Jul 2024
SNOC officials and dignitaries lay the cornerstone for solar power plant ... The Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC), oil and gas industry executive arm of the emirate of Sharjah in the UAE, announced on Monday that it broke ground on the emirate's largest solar power plant....

UAE's Adnoc says it cut 6.2 million tonnes in overall greenhouse gas emissions last year

The National 05 Jul 2024
The reduction included 4.8 million tonnes from using clean grid energy from solar and nuclear power, Adnoc said in its 2023 sustainability report on Friday ... In November, Abu Dhabi inaugurated the two-gigawatt Al Dhafra solar power plant, one of the world's largest solar projects....

Henkel Powers Up Sustainability in Middle East and Africa

The Arabian Post 01 Jul 2024
The company has implemented a diverse mix of renewable energy sources across the region, including solar power in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, wind energy in South Africa, and hydropower in Turkey and Kenya ... Powers Up Sustainability in Middle East and Africa .......