Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point – DRONEWEEK – GE

Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point – DRONEWEEK – GE


Mohannad Esper:
The sun is the most powerful
energy source at our disposal. It provides enough renewable
energy in just one hour to power all humankind’s
activities for one year. We just need to figure out
how to capture it. The United Arab Emirates is located
in the Arabian Peninsula, and it’s very rich
with fossil fuel, but also very rich
with sun energy. If you want to generate
solar power, this is the best place to be. Kirsten Kutz: With the decrease
in the price of oil, the countries in the region,
particularly the UAE, have had to really look
outside of traditional fuels and move
into new kinds of energy. Hani Majzoub:
In Dubai, we have reached what we call the tipping point,
which is the grid parity, where the prices of solar
have become cheaper than electricity
from conventional fuels. In the newer project, we’re able to produce
electricity at 2.99 dollar-cents
per kilowatt hour. It is the cheapest form
of energy in the region compared to other
conventional power. It was a world record. Now we have 200 megawatts
commercially available and operating. This is one of the biggest
solar parks in the region. Esper: The ambient temperature
in Dubai desert reaches 50 degrees Celsius. It’s a really challenging task
for our engineers to achieve a product that can
withstand such harsh conditions. Majzoub: One of the major
advantages that we have for this harsh environment is GE inverters, which can operate
at these high temperatures with very high efficiency. Esper: The first generations
of LV solar inverters required indoor installation. So customers had to build
an air-conditioned container for every power block. Then,
GE came up with an inverter that actually can work outdoors
without any air conditioning. It can withstand the harsh
ambient conditions in the desert of Dubai. It’s a huge achievement. It will allow us
to power more homes and reduce
the cost of electricity. Esper: In this image,
different colors correspond to different
surface temperatures. We need the thermal images
to identify if there is damage
in the panels that we cannot identify
in the current. We will send a team. They take a heat gun
and walk manually and scan those panels
one by one. Considering that we have
millions of panels, they’re gonna need weeks
to complete the site, and also,
the heat is very challenging. This is a thermal image
using a remote drone, which is obviously much easier
than doing by hand. Majzoub: With a drone,
we would be able to complete the whole solar park
in a day or two rather than a week or two. Esper: It’s true. Majzoub:
This is amazing. Esper:
When you go to a solar park, there’s no noisy,
complicated equipment. It’s just simple and reliable. Majzoub:
I think all of the countries
here in the region are seeing solar now
as economically viable. Kutz:
As populations rise, as more and more people
move into cities, the demand for energy
is only going to increase, which means that you have
to have diversification in order to meet those needs. The future energy ecosystem is not going to be made up
of a single source. It has to be multiple sources from different locations,
deep down in the earth, way out in the desert,
in the middle of the ocean. That’s our future.

50 thoughts on “Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point – DRONEWEEK – GE

  1. Dubai is a stupid bad place to live and work don't go there and it is dangerous they can kill you for being drunk or if you are a woman going out with out a men is a crime.

  2. I'm glad to realize that in the world there are teams of people able to translate such projects and technologies into reality. These people are the future of the planet.

  3. This is AWESOME, I gain back some of my innocence and hope in humanity….. (5 seconds later on the internet) nevermind

  4. This is great, but it would be interesting to know how the United States gov feels about this, seeing that they ignorantly and arrogantly locked themselves into a tight dark corner with the Petro Dollar.

  5. Udont use cell phone and crap u use radio. Nothing with data. Avoid transmission or something that uses network and GPS and data. Mini Cam. Transmitter reciever. Use same voltage won't tear circuit more juice in how .

  6. You would think with people behind this project they would understand that Solar Trackers could double the output this size installations. The Inverters are not state of the Art either so this accounts for less output. Cal Woosnam EarthStar

  7. Wooooww! It would be great working in a solar plant like this one! Wonderful job!! Let's give to the sun 🌞 the right credit!

  8. Solar and wind are simple, oil and coal are complex. It's as simple as that to understand why renewables have reached the tipping point. It just comes down to the bottom line being cheaper for renewables.

  9. Someone needs to make a mirror with the exact curve the Earth is said to have and see how its reflection reacts…

  10. This is an extremely inspiring video. The Middle East needs to build more and more such solar power stations in the desert and install more solar panels on homes and buildings with the aim of generating all their electricity from the sun.

  11. No true statements appear in this propaganda piece. Looks like they are looking for stupid people to believe in them.

  12. So far, I see only the wealthy, benefiting from the sun's free energy. of course it's not free- one has to make the initial investment.But anything that does not benefit the poor directly, is not progress, ie. if this video was aimed to encourage the use of alternative energy, as a benefit to mankind??

  13. 0.03 $ per KW/H? in Europe we pay 0,15 $ per KW/H
    Why we don't have oil
    Why we don't have sun
    In cloudy days solar panels have 4% efficient.

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