The UAE ought to enhance its photo voltaic PV technology capability sixfold by 2030, rising to 7.3GW, in accordance with the most recent report from the Emirates Water and Electrical energy Firm (EWEC).
In its Assertion of Future Capability Necessities 2023-2029: Abstract Report, EWEC recommends that the UAE ought to add as much as 4.1GW of photo voltaic PV capability as of 2029, together with the deliberate 1.5GW Al Ajban mission set to come back on-line in 2026. It additionally recommends including 300MW of battery vitality storage techniques (BESS) to stabilise distribution.
The capability addition is important due to an increase in energy demand and rising provide chain insecurity following the COVID pandemic and battle in Ukraine, EWEC mentioned, and photo voltaic PV additions have been recognized as offering “a big system price and emissions discount profit”.
The report mentioned that gross energy demand within the UAE is ready to extend by round 30% by means of 2029 to round 21.6GW. It beneficial that, to fulfill demand, round one third of capability additions from 2026 onwards must be photo voltaic PV. It additionally beneficial extending or reconfiguring thermal fuel technology vegetation to fulfill demand, in addition to growing two reverse osmosis desalination vegetation to make sure constant water provide to the nation.
“Our Assertion of Future Capability Necessities Abstract Report demonstrates EWEC’s dedication to advancing the UAE’s vitality transition whereas persevering with to make sure a safe and dependable provide of water and electrical energy within the UAE,” mentioned Othman Al Ali, CEO of EWEC.
“This report supplies a strong key reference that outlines Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s future wants. Our rising portfolio of renewable and clear vitality tasks is accelerating the decarbonisation of the nation’s vitality sector according to the UAE Internet Zero by 2050 strategic initiative while supporting the realisation of the Abu Dhabi Division of Power’s Clear Power Goal 2035.”
In November the Abu Dhabi Ports Group started exploring potential distributed photo voltaic alternatives with subsidiaries of TotalEnergies. Abu Dhabi and the UAE extra broadly host what shall be a few of the largest PV vegetation on the planet, just like the 800MW Khalifa industrial zone set up which can energy a inexperienced ammonia plant and the huge Mohammad Bin Rashid photo voltaic park in Dubai.