Through the Shams project, we are broadening our solar energy activities, expanding our portfolio of technologies and cementing our preferred partner relationship with Abu Dhabi.
Shams 1, one of the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant Location:
120 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates
Capacity: around 100 MW
Area: 250 hectares
258,048 parabolic trough collectors
A solid partnership for the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant
In June 2010, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi selected the Total and Abengoa Solar consortium to partner Masdar to build one of the world’s biggest concentrated solar power plant, the first of its kind in the Middle East, baptized Shams 1.
The joint venture between Masdar (60%), Total (20%) and Abengoa Solar (20%) will develop, design, operate and maintain the power plant, located in Madinat Zayed, around 120 kilometers southwest of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Masdar is a government–sponsored initiative to promote the development, marketing and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions.
Shams 1, a reliable, clean, cutting-edge technology based on an array of 250,000 parabolic troughs
Shams 1 is one of Masdar’s flagship projects and will help Abu Dhabi derive 7% of its energy from renewable resources by 2020.
As the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant, Shams 1 covers an area of 250 hectares and has a capacity of 100 MW thanks to a solar array comprising 258,048 parabolic troughs from Abengoa Solar.
Leveraging Abengoa Solar’s proven technology, the Shams 1 power plant is one-of-a-kind, the culmination of groundbreaking technical cooperation between Total, Masdar and Abengoa Solar.
Concentrated by mirrors, sunlight heats a fluid to generate high-pressure steam that drives a conventional steam turbine.
An efficient, reliable, clean solution for power generation.