21 Mar '12, 1pm

Solar Power in the Desert: MENA Update

Solar Power in the Desert: MENA Update

A study by the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA) showed that solar power is economically viable across MENA. The report authors say that the falling cost of solar panels, the rising cost of conventional fuels and the “excellent fit to demand patterns” are the reasons that solar power now makes sense in region. ESIA showed how during the hottest portion of the day, when office air conditioners are blasting, would be the time that solar power plants were at their generating the most amount of energy. Siemens and research organization Masdar Institute said that they are working together to beef up the coatings that cover solar PV so that modules require less water for cleaning . The joint R&D effort is also working to identify commercial applications for solar technology in the middle east. Desertec is alive and kicking, too. The Desertec Foundation released plans in...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2012...

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