March 7, 2016

Moroccan solar plant bringing energy to millions of people

Solar technology is something that the 21st century is in dire need of what with the fossil fuels and oil being consumed too quickly. The market and the industry for electricity and energy requires a radical shift in the raw material for the provision of the energy now more than ever due to the said deficiency in the fossil fuels.

The latest building of a power plant at Ouarzazate in Morocco is an example of the world is conforming to the radical shift to solar power. This solar power is going to melt salt using the Sun’s heat. The heat that will be latently trapped in the melted salt shall be then used to drive the steam turbine to produce electricity and mechanical energy. While the solar plant shall take in the energy during the day, the steam from the plant shall harness electrical energy and mechanical energy during the night.

There are numerous phases in the process and the very first phase shall generate for three hours after sundown while the last phase hopes to harness for twenty hours a day. This pioneering generation of electricity using the solar power and the melting of the salt from the sea is a dynamic shift in the generation of electricity via unconventional methods.

This green initiative is part of Morocco’s pledge to get forty-two percent of the electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020. This is something the governments of the other developing countries could learn a thing or two from.

The United Nations has praised this initiative of Morocco and has commended the amount of patriotic ambition of the citizens that allowed this to happen. Morocco is being raced by the United Kingdom in the race for renewable energy generation and is achieving a goal of thirty percent generation via solar power alone.

This solar power plant shall bring millions of people cheap energy and will be the biggest power plant in Morocco as of yet.
A Saudi party is funding, the power plant and they have paid for the building, the incentives and the investments, thus resulting in the agile build time of the complex.

The power plant is of a futuristic look. There are 35-soccer field’s worth of solar panels pointing at the sky, harnessing solar power by the seconds and conserving it in the form of melted salts. The Moroccan people say that it is indeed a remarkable sight.
What was previously a useless portion of the Sahara desert in Morocco is now the provider of electricity and the bringer of a revolution in the history of Morocco.

“The long-term decision-making that is prevalent in the energy world is being disrupted; so you are certainly going to see some coal projects coming to fruition in the next couple of years based on previous decisions but what is certain today is that in all the boards of directors of energy companies, those things are being fundamentally reassessed,” are the words of Thierry Lepercq who is the CEO of the Paris bound Solaire Direct.