Shams 1 CSP Project

This page provides information on Shams 1 CSP project, a concentrating solar power (CSP) project, with data organized by background, participants, and power plant configuration.

Project Overview

Power Station: Shams 1
Location: Madinat Zayed
Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
Owners (%): Masdar 60%, Total 20%, (Abengoa 20% later sold to Madar)
Technology Parabolic Trough
Solar Resource: 2019
Nominal Capacity: 100 MW
Status Operational
Start Year: 2013

Status Date

Status Date


Break Ground Date 2010
Expected Generation (GWh/year) 210
Lat/Long Location 23.57,53.716
Total Power Station Land Area (km²) 2.5


Developer Masdar, Total, Abengoa
UAE, France, Spain
EPC Abener, Teyma
Electricity Generation Offtaker ADWEC


Total Construction Cost (2013) $ 600.00 million
Total Cost USD (2020) $648.32 million
Specific Cost/kW USD (2020) $ 6483.2
LCOE USD/kWh (2020) $ 0.27
Levelised cost of electricity with 5% weighted average cost of capital and a 25 year payback period, capacity dependent O&M (1.5% of investment cost per year), deflated from Year_operational using the Worldbank's GDP deflator; if station under development or construction then not deflated (assumed cost year 2020)
Remuneration Start Year 2013
PPA or Tariff Period (Years) 25
Support Scheme Type PPA
Policy Support Scheme Private PPA

Plant Configuration

Solar Field

Solar Field Aperture Area (m²) 627840
# of Solar Collector Assemblies (SCAs) 768
# of Loops 192
# of SCAs per Loop 4
# of Modules per SCA 12
SCA Length (m) 150
Collector/Heliostat Manufacturer Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Engineering or IP Owner Abengoa
Collector/Heliostat Model Astro (ET-150)
Mirror Manufacturer Flabeg
Mirror Model RP3

Solar Field (Receiver)

Receiver Working Fluid Biphenyl/Diphenyl oxide: Therminol VP-1
Receiver Working Fluid Category Thermal oil/organics
Working Fluid Manufacturer Eastman/Solutia
# of Heat Collector Elements (HCEs) 27648
Solar Field or Receiver Inlet Temperture (C) 300°C
Solar Field or Receiver Outlet Temperture (C) 400°C
Receiver Manufacturer Schott
Receiver Model PTR 70

Power Block

Nominal Turbine or Power Cycle Capacity 100 MW
Turbine Manufacturer MAN Turbo
Power Cycle Steam Rankine
Cooling Type Dry

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