Shams (CSP)

Located in Western Abu Dhabi, Shams Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) was the largest renewable energy project in operation in the Middle East when launched in 2013. It occupies an area of 2.5 square kilometres and has a production capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar field has 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity.

Concentrated solar power generates electricity from the heat of the sun rather than sunlight, as is the case with solar photovoltaic technology. Parabolic trough systems use solar thermal collectors in the form of parabolic mirrors, with a central tube to concentrate the heat from direct solar irradiation. The heat in turn produces steam to drive a conventional turbine, ultimately generating electricity.

The plant plays a key role in decarbonising the energy sector, displacing around 175,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.5 million trees or removing 15,000 cars from Abu Dhabi’s roads, and ultimately supporting the UAE Net Zero by 2050 strategic initiative. It has directly contributed towards achieving Abu Dhabi’s target of 7 per cent power generation capacity from renewable energy by the year 2020. 

Shams CSP has won four awards:
•    MENASOL Awards 2016
•    Emirates Energy Award 2013 - Large Energy Project Award - Dubai Supreme Council of Energy 
•    Project of the Year Award 2013 Emirates Solar Industry Association
•    Middle East Renewable Energy Deal of the year 2010 - Project Finance Magazine


Tonnes of carbon footprint reduction per year

100 MW

Installed capacity


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