I’ve seen the future and it looks like Masdar


My apologies to my readers that EnergyMediaSociety has been slow this last month. I’ve been swamped, among other things, with a trip to Abu Dhabi as the guest of Masdar for the inauguration of the Shams 1 CSP plant – which was amazing.

I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about Shams 1. I hear a lot of plans for big projects in the Middle East and North Africa, and many of them take an inordinately long time to actually get built. Shams 1 took three years – but it is also the largest operational CSP plant in the world, in a region with little CSP development, and incorporating novel technology. I’m trying not to give too much away here, because there is an upcoming Solar Energy System of the Month that I am writing for Solar Server (my day job) that will go into more detail.


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