The United Arab Emirates is a great place to put up a solar power plant but it seems that the people over there have done more than that. Known for coming up with surprising and captivating developments, UAE has reportedly come out with the world largest concentrated solar power plant.
The power plant was officially inaugurated this week, called the Sham 1 which is a 100 MW CSP tasked to power 20,000 UAE homes.
Construction started in 2010 with a site roughly covering 120 km (75 miles) southwest of Abu Dhabi. The power plant covers an area of 2.5 km2 (1 sq mile) and is covered with 250,000 mirrors mounted on 768 parabolic trough collectors. The parabolic mirrors focus sunlight onto oil filled pipes that are heat water and produce steam that is then used to drive a turbine.
Being located in the middle of the desert, a dry-cooling system is used to keep water consumption down. The power plant reportedly cost around €460 million (US$595 million) to construct.