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Shams 1

This page provides information on Shams 1, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Status Date: October 21, 2016
Project Overview
Project Name: Shams 1 (Shams 1)
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Madinat Zayed
(120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi)
Owner(s): Masdar (80%)
Total (20%)
Technology: Parabolic trough
Turbine Capacity: Net: 100.0 MW Gross: 100.0 MW
Status: Operational
Start Year: 2013

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Technology: Parabolic trough
Status: Operational
Country: United Arab Emirates
City: Madinat Zayed
Region: 120 km southwest of Abu Dhabi
Lat/Long Location: 23°34′ 13.0″ North, 53°42′ 56.0″ East
Land Area: 250 hectares
Solar Resource: 1,934 kWh/m2/yr
Electricity Generation: 210,000 MWh/yr
Contact(s): SolarPACES
Key References: Web site
Break Ground: July 2010
Start Production: March 17, 2013
Cost (approx): 600,000,000 USD
PPA/Tariff Type: Private PPA
PPA/Tariff Period: 25 years
Project Type: Commercial


Developer(s): Masdar/Total/Abengoa Solar
Owner(s) (%): Masdar (80%)
Total (20%)
EPC Contractor: Abener/Teyma
Generation Offtaker(s): ADWEC

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar-Field Aperture Area: 627,840 m²
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs): 768
# of Loops: 192
# of SCAs per Loop: 4
SCA Length: 150 m
# of Modules per SCA: 12
SCA Manufacturer (Model): Abengoa Solar (ASTRO)
Mirror Manufacturer (Model): Flabeg (RP3)
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs): 27,648
HCE Manufacturer (Model): Schott (PTR 70)
Heat-Transfer Fluid Type: Therminol VP-1
HTF Company: Solutia
Solar-Field Inlet Temp: 300°
Solar-Field Outlet Temp: 400°

Power Block

Turbine Capacity (Gross): 100.0 MW
Turbine Capacity (Net): 100.0 MW
Turbine Manufacturer: Man
Output Type: Steam Rankine
Cooling Method: Dry cooling
Fossil Backup Type: Natural Gas Boiler

Thermal Storage

Storage Type: None