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Tue Sep 17, 2019, 08:42 PM

IEEE Spectrum: Egypts Massive 1.8-Gigawatt Benban Solar Park Nears Completion

Sun-soaked Egypt’s first utility-scale PV power plant—one of the world’s largest solar installations—is coming online


Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of the International Finance Corporation, visits Benban Solar Park in Egyp

IEEE Spectrum: 17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Amid the sand dunes of the western Sahara, workers are putting the finishing touches on one of the world’s largest solar installations. There, as many as 7.2 million photovoltaic panels will make up Benban Solar Park—a renewable energy project so massive, it will be visible from space.



The 1.8-gigawatt installation is the first utility-scale PV plant in Egypt, a nation blessed with some of the best solar resources on the planet. The ambitious project is part of Egypt’s efforts to increase its generation capacity and incorporate more renewable sources into the mix.

“I think Benban Solar Park is the first real step to put Egypt on the solar production world map,” says Mohamed Orabi, a professor of power electronics at Aswan University.

Climate change is an increasingly urgent issue for Egyptians and much of the world. Already, global sea and air surface temperatures have risen by an average of 1 degree C above pre-industrial levels, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In Egypt, global warming will reduce agricultural productivity, induce flooding in the fertile Nile Delta, and cause more people to die from heat stress... more: https://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/renewables/egypts-massive-18gw-benban-solar-park-nears-completion





If only someone could come up with a way to store excess renewable energy...

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 08:51 PM

1. Until some technological breakthrough occurs, they could always use the excess power to produce

Hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis of water pumped from the Nile. This can be used in fuel cells to produce electricity during the night.

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Response to docgeezer (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 08:52 PM

2. Wow!

Never heard of that. Unique solution! Pretty smart, actually.

Why haven't other people thought of this?

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Response to Aquila (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 08:58 PM

3. We both know that this has been thought of by many people over the past few years. It's not at all

original. I just thought I'd repeat it one more time, since the question was asked.

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Response to Aquila (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 18, 2019, 02:21 AM

5. they thought of it but its probably not very efficient like most "green" energy ideas.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Tue Sep 17, 2019, 09:03 PM

4. That will power a delorean for sure.

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