Suntech Phoenix Solar says that it has completed the largest open-land solar installation in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has proven natural gas reserves estimated at trillion cubic feet, the fourth largest in the world behind Russia, Iran, and Qatar. Saudi Arabia is the largest consumer of petroleum in the Middle East, and in it was the 15th largest consumer of primary energy of which 60 per cent was petroleum-based and the rest from natural gas.
InSaudi Arabia consumed 2. This was due to strong economic and industrial growth and subsidised prices. Contributing to this growth was the rising direct burn of crude oil for power generation and the use of natural gas liquids for petrochemical production.
Around half the Kingdom's current power capacity uses liquid fuel including distillates, crude oil and heavy fuel oil. Saleh Al Awaji said that Saudi Arabia will have to step up crude consumption for power generation in Power generation capacity in the Kingdom was estimated to grow by about six to ten percent inwhile installed power generation capacity, which now stood at 50 GW in that year, would grow to 77 GW by These investments are in line with the Kingdom's plans to increase production capacity as well as refining and marketing, in addition to directing an increased proportion of these investments to gas projects.
Such investments reflect the belief that oil will remain a key player on the global energy stage for the foreseeable future. Saudi Arabia is committed to maintaining a large spare production capacity, based on its vision of the importance of the supply of affordable energy, and the need to stabilise the market.
The country has research and development programmes that range from advanced formulas for fuel to the desulphurisation of crude oil, carbon capture and separation, reflecting its commitment towards improving the environmental performance of oil.
Mr Khalid Al-Faleh warned that the unrealistic drift towards an immediate transition to alternative energy sources is of concern, as it may lead to less adequate investment in energy sources that are tried and tested, saying that fossil fuels will meet about 80 per cent of the total world energy consumption for the next twenty years.
This expenditure by Saudi Arabia aims to maximise the benefit of its hydrocarbon wealth and to enhance infrastructure development projects that will be undertaken in the kingdom over the next few years in different areas.
The demand for oil is increasingly being driven by Asian countries China and India in particularwhile other countries are experiencing a strong decline in consumption levels that have led to a rise in petroleum inventories in major industrial countries and the fluctuation of oil prices.
This makes it difficult to determine a fair price while conducting feasibility studies for projects, and oil projects are characterised by their high costs and the difficulty of securing funding from international banks which continue to suffer from the consequences of the financial crisis.
Most studies indicate that performance rates of the implementation of oil projects previously planned are progressing quite slowly, with most of these projects delayed or cancelled due to lack of funding or the feasibility of the project. About a third of this is expected to fund the building of solar power plants and other renewable energy resources.
This amount is dwarfed by anticipated spending on projects in the hydrocarbon sector. Nevertheless, as will be shown later in this article, Saudi Arabia is making inroads, particularly in the research and development sector as well as in the solar sector and, more controversially, with plans to develop nuclear plants on a large-scale basis.
Saudi Arabia aims to achieve a sustainable energy mix, with a combination of solar and nuclear power potentially accounting for more than half of its power supply by The KAUST campus roof has been designed to incorporate massive solar thermal arrays to provide domestic hot water to all campus buildings, and solar photovoltaic PV arrays to generate and distribute power to campus buildings based upon demand.
Future arrays can be incorporated to supplement increased energy demands in the future. The rooftop houses a 2 MW solar plant, the first solar installation in Saudi Arabia, consisting of installations with a capacity of 1 MW each installed on the north and south laboratories of the university.
Conergy designed the plant and was responsible for the engineering, supervision and commissioning, while installation works and operational management were implemented by NSS.
The power system features premium components, combining over 9, high-efficiency solar modules with Conergy Suntop III mounting systems and Conergy K central inverters. It is able to feed power back into the grid under a special arrangement with the Saudi Electricity Company.
As part of its efforts to expand its international presence, Solar Frontier has opened two international offices, one in Germany and one in California.
Inthe company completed all structural work for the MW per year manufacturing plant in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan, and started product testing at the facility. In November Saudi Aramco announced that as part of a joint venture with Showa Shell, production of solar cells will begin in Saudi Arabia in two to three years.
Showa Shell specialises in solar cells made using copper, indium and selenium. The materials are not as efficient at converting light into electricity as mainstream solar cells made from polysilicon but are cheaper, a point that may well be key in the future. Under the arrangements Showa Shell will own the project for up to fifteen years, after which the assets will be transferred to SEC.
It is estimated that the plant will save the transfer of an equivalent of 28, barrels of diesel to Farasan Island. The science agency function involves science and technology policy making, data collection, funding of external research, and services such as the patent office.
In January of last year KACST announced plans to develop solar powered desalination plants using advanced nanotechnology. One of the main objectives of the programme is to produce low-cost water treatment and electricity production.
Desalinated seawater is to be produced at a cost of less than 1.SAUDI ARABIA: The world's largest oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, has an ambitious plan to create 54GW of renewable energy, 9GW of this wind, by This content can be viewed only by full subscribers.
Please subscribe for full access. Saudi Arabia plans to harness the power of the wind for electricity, in a first for the oil-reliant kingdom. Currently, less than 1 percent of Saudi Arabia's energy is renewable. But, the kingdom's Vision aims to change this, and Saudi Aramco is leading the way.
Saudi Arabia aims to become the world’s foremost market for renewable energy with an aggressive investment budget of $ billion.
By , the country strives to generate as much as a third of the Kingdom’s energy demands using renewable energy (54 GW). Saudi Arabia is targeting GW of renewable energy by in line with Vision diversification plan.
Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has shortlisted companies for its solar and wind power projects, as part of the first round of its renewable energy initiative, the energy ministry said on Monday. Assessing Potential Wind Energy Resources in Saudi Arabia with a Skew-t Distribution ine the impact of internal climate variability on seasonal wind power density ﬂuctuations using 30 simulations from the Large Ensemble Project (LENS) developed at the National Center for on the spatio-temporal characteristics of this resource over.
Phoenix Solar says that it has completed the largest open-land solar installation in Saudi Arabia. The solar farm has a capacity of MW and has been constructed on land belonging to the world's largest oil research centre, the "King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center" in Riyadh.