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Egypt plans 100MW solar power plant

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posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 05:54 AM
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The Egyptians could soon be producing 20% of their domestic energy requirement using the renewable sources, and this solar plant will become a large portion of that.

I think this is fantastic news, and I truly believe that this technology is the way forward in the Middle East too. Egypt will soon become the leading producer of solar energy in North Africa. Egypt already has some of the world's best wind power resources.

The Egyptian Electricity Ministry has unveiled plans to build a new $700m 100MW solar power plant between 2012 and 2017 that should further establish the country as one of the leading developers of utility-scale solar plants.

According to reports in the local Al-Ahram newspaper, the solar power project at Kom Ombo, near the Aswan High Dam hydro-electric plant, will be financed by a number of international institutions, including the African Development Fund and the World Bank. Additional finance is also expected to be provided through the UN's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) carbon offsetting scheme.

www.guardian.co.uk...

We've all heard the horror stories about the failed mass production of solar energy and how it isn't economically viable. However we are now seeing this technology coming along by leaps and bounds. With talk of spray on photovoltaics in the near future.




posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 06:10 AM
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This is something they probably had in like 4000 BC.



posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 08:05 AM
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That's 7 dollars per watt of installed capacity. However adjusted for the intermittent nature of sunlight the actual cost is going to be between $17 to $40 per watt of average power level, not including the cost of natural gas backups. This compares highly unfavorably to the 900 megawatt nameplate capacity Tomari-3 reactor, Japan which cost $3.0 per watt adjusted for average power level. If you're talking about delivering reliable, cheap electricity then I'm sorry to say that solar is not the way to go. Solar on average runs at 15%-40% of nameplate capacity depending on technology, whereas Nuclear is up around 80%-95% which the most reliable of any power source. Contrary to common belief, every little bit does not make a difference, and every dollar spent on solar is a dollar not spent on far more useful energy sources, like Nuclear, micro-generation, or wind.

Egypt has already 11% hydro, by '20% renewable' they probably really mean expanding hydro somewhat, with wind doing the rest of the lifting, and then a tiny negligible contribution by solar.

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posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 09:02 AM
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It is a pity that you are most likely correct. Nuclear energy is the way of the future, however it is such a sensitive issue particularly in the Middle East that I welcome all alternatives.

Imagine an Iran that was completely devoted to renewable energy. This would surely provide them with more support for their nuclear efforts, if parallel to this they were developing massive wind farms and tidal energy, providing funding for this research, and therefore allowing them to obtain their apparent goal of exporting more of natural resources.



posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 09:47 AM
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Obviously, to put millions into this project....the powers at be in Egypt know something you guys don't know....



posted on Jul, 13 2010 @ 10:38 AM
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Originally posted by DocEmrick
This is something they probably had in like 4000 BC.


Well stated. There is no doubt they had this handled at their Apex.



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