World’s largest concentrated solar power plant completed in Dubai

World largest concentrated solar power plant CSP Dubai

Photo: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park


December 8, 2023






December 8, 2023





A 950 MW solar energy complex was inaugurated in Dubai, the host of the COP28 climate change conference. The hybrid facility consists of the most powerful concentrated solar power (CSP) system on the planet and a photovoltaic unit. It is the fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, competing for the title of the largest in the world.

Fifty kilometers south of Dubai city, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated a hybrid solar energy facility in a photovoltaic park named after him. The UAE has a clear vision to transform itself into one of the world’s most sustainable nations, he said.

The fourth phase consists of the largest concentrated solar power facility on the planet, at an overall 700 MW, and 250 MW in photovoltaic capacity. The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park is envisaged to reach 5 GW. It currently stands at 2.6 GW combined, making it one of a handful of the biggest ones on Earth already, even without CSP.

CSP Dubai

Concentrated solar power system includes tallest solar tower on Earth

The entire system will include heat and green hydrogen. The concentrated solar power segment features a record-tall solar tower and the largest thermal energy storage capacity anywhere, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) said. The utility controls 51% of the Noor Energy 1 joint venture, which built the fourth phase. Coowners are ACWA Power (25%) of Saudi Arabia and China’s Silk Road Fund (24%).

The fourth phase is valued at USD 4.3 billion. The CSP facility has 600 MW in the parabolic basin complex and the 100 MW solar tower of 263 meters in height, according to DEWA. In addition, it has the biggest thermal energy storage capacity, 5.9 GWh, it said, citing Guinness World Records.

The fifth phase was already commissioned this year.

Heliostats are reflecting sunlight toward molten salt receiver

Dubai is hosting the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP28. The inauguration was held soon after the one for the Al Dhafra solar power plant, with 2 GW in capacity, in the fellow Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The parabolic reflectors – heliostats send sunrays to the molten salt receiver on top of the solar tower to generate heat. It contains over 1,000 thin tubes.

Comments (1)
Shaik makbul / May 5, 2024

Hi sir
Iam trying to join csp plant dubai. I have related CSP experience, i am from Andhrapradesh india.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Premier Energy Motor Oil joint venture hybrid power plants Romania

Premier Energy, Motor Oil launch joint venture for hybrid power plants in Romania

24 June 2024 - Premier Energy established a firm in Romania with Greece-based Motor Oil that bought two PV projects of 86 MW in total, with storage

Turkish firm mature PV 214 MW Romania Econergy

Turkish firm buys mature PV project of 214 MW in Romania from Econergy

21 June 2024 - Entek Elektrik's subsidiary Enspire Enerji took over a 214 MW solar power project in Romania from Israel-based Econergy


Cascading power grid failure causes blackout in BiH, Montenegro, Albania, Dalmatia

21 June 2024 - Overloads in key electricity interconnections led to unprecedented outages in BiH and Montenegro today while the power was out in much of Croatia and Albania as well

Renalfa largest battery facility Bulgaria into operation

Renalfa IPP puts largest battery facility in Bulgaria into operation

21 June 2024 - Renalfa IPP has started the commercial operation of its first utility-scale battery energy storage system