Hydrogen + Storage

UAE pushes forward renewable energy + energy storage development model

Seetao 2022-08-04 15:54
  • UAE becomes first Middle Eastern oil producer to propose net-zero carbon emissions strategy
  • In order to keep up with the development of renewable energy, the UAE pushes forward the renewable energy + energy storage model, and vigorously develops thermal energy storage and hydrogen energy storage.
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The UAE government has always attached great importance to the development of renewable energy including solar energy and wind energy to accelerate the country's energy transformation. A series of renewable energy power generation and energy storage projects have been launched in the UAE.

Recently, Masdar New Energy City in the UAE, Khalifa University in the UAE and Azelio in Sweden, which specializes in developing long-term energy storage projects, jointly launched a photovoltaic + energy storage pilot project for sustainable power supply in the desert area of Abu Dhabi. The project uses a long-term energy storage device developed by Azelio, which uses a phase-change material made of recycled aluminum alloy as a heat storage medium, which can store energy in the form of heat in metal alloys made of recycled aluminum and silicon. And at night, the generator is used to convert it into electric energy, so as to achieve long-term continuous power supply, and the maximum energy storage time of the device can reach 13 hours. The long-term energy storage project will undergo extensive and extensive demonstrations and tests on the Masdar Institute solar platform to obtain data on how to achieve optimal long-term energy storage in desert environments.

Nicholas Calvert, founder of the Masdar Institute solar platform and professor at Khalifa University, said that the implementation of the long-term energy storage project on the Masdar Institute solar platform will provide a valuable first for the development of renewable energy in the UAE hand information. As early as early 2021, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power plant in Dubai has partnered with Azelio to commercialize long-term energy storage technology.

Energy storage technology is a key link in the development of renewable energy. Different from traditional energy generation, renewable energy generation has a small capacity, a large number of units, scattered distribution points, and has obvious intermittent, fluctuating and random characteristics, which requires energy storage technology to keep up with the development of renewable energy. The model of renewable energy + energy storage has become the general trend of the industry. The United Arab Emirates is located in a desert area. Although it has good solar energy resources, the extreme climate of high temperature in the desert also puts forward higher requirements for energy storage technology. In addition to thermal energy storage, the UAE is also vigorously developing hydrogen energy storage. Hydrogen energy storage technology is developed by utilizing the mutual change of electricity and hydrogen energy. Hydrogen energy storage can store both electricity and hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia and methanol. Previously, the UAE sovereign fund Mubadala Investment Company, which belongs to Masdar New Energy City, jointly established a hydrogen energy alliance with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Abu Dhabi Holding Company. According to the tripartite cooperation agreement, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company will use its advantages in the traditional energy field to lead the development of blue hydrogen, while Masdar will focus on the green hydrogen industry with its rich experience in the field of clean energy, and Abu Dhabi Holding Company will focus on the green hydrogen industry. Provide investment and financing services and related support for project development.

The UAE government attaches great importance to the development of renewable energy, including solar energy and wind energy, to accelerate the country's energy transformation. In October 2021, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, officially launched the 2050 Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategic Initiative, announcing that the UAE will invest more than 6,000 yuan in renewable energy. billion dirhams, with a goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Keywords: engineering news, overseas news

At present, a series of renewable energy power generation and energy storage projects have been launched in the UAE. The total installed capacity of the Abu Dhabi Dhafra photovoltaic power station project under construction has reached 2. It is expected to be put into use in the second half of 2022. After completion, the Dhafra photovoltaic power station will become the world's largest single solar power station. According to estimates, the power station can meet the electricity demand of about 160,000 households in the United Arab Emirates, reducing carbon emissions by more than 3.6 million tons per year, and the total installed photovoltaic capacity of Abu Dhabi will also increase to 3.2 GW. In addition, the UAE's first wind power demonstration project has also been officially launched. The project will build a total installed capacity of 100 million yuan in the Sir Bani Yas Island, Delma Island, Sila area in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the Al Halah Mountains in the Emirate of Fujairah. 103.5 MW of wind and 14 MW of photovoltaics. It is expected that the UAE’s renewable energy capacity will grow at a CAGR of more than 31% by 2025, and the share of renewable energy generation will increase from 7% in 2020 to 21% in 2030.Editor/XingWentao