King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Baras A.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE | Jones R.K.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE | Alqahtani A.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE | Alodan M.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE | Abdullah K.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K.A.CARE
2016 Saudi Arabia Smart Grid Conference, SASG 2016 | Year: 2016

Saudi Arabia is blessed with a large amount of solar irradiation. However, as a dry desert region, soiling tends to accumulate on photovoltaic (PV) panels reducing the output energy, creating a concern for solar plant developers on how and when to clean the plant, and raising doubt about the economic feasibility of solar energy in Saudi Arabia. K-A-CARE has conducted a 3-year soiling measurement campaign in Rumah, Saudi Arabia, and in this work, detailed analysis of soiling losses from one year of data is reported. These losses are then used in an economic analysis of the cost of soiling for optimal cleaning intervals. The results show that soiling results in little economic loss given proper attention to cleaning. © 2016 IEEE.


Ibarra M.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | Frasquet M.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | Al Rished A.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy KACARE | Tuomiranta A.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | And 2 more authors.
ISES Solar World Congress 2015, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2015

The authors present the integration of a solar thermal energy performance model in an already existing solar atlas infrastructure. With this tool, the user will be able to select the design parameters of a solar power plant and the key performance indicators will be delivered. In particular, this paper presents the two performance models proposed to assess the performance of utility-scale solar thermal power plants. The results of these models have been used for the evaluation of the potential of solar energy in the Arabian Peninsula. © 2016. The Authors.


Ibarra M.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | Frasquet M.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | Al Rished A.,King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy KACARE | Tuomiranta A.,Masdar Institute of Science and Technology | And 2 more authors.
AIP Conference Proceedings | Year: 2016

The collaboration between the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy (KACARE) aims to create an interactive web tool integrated in the Renewable Resource Atlas where different solar thermal electricity (STE) utility-scale technologies will be simulated. In this paper, a methodology is presented for sizing and performance simulation of the solar field of parabolic trough collector (PTC) plants. The model is used for a case study analysis of the potential of STE in three sites located in the central, western, and eastern parts of Saudi Arabia. The plant located in the north (Tayma) has the lowest number of collectors with the best production along the year. © 2016 Author(s).

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