Solar Towers in the Middle Eastern & North African Countries (MENA)
(MENA Countries highlighted in colour)
Data from NASA Langley Research Center Atmospheric Science Data Center Surface meteorological and Solar Energy (SSE) web portal supported by the NASA LaRC POWER Project. The darkest red corresponds to about 7 kW-h per m2 per day averaged over a year. Milan, in Italy, to the north of the map, gets about half that. For comparison, Melbourne in Victoria gets about 4.2 kW-h per m2 per day averaged over a year and La Paz in Arizona about 5.4 kW-h per m2 per day averaged over a year. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) offer a remarkable opportunity for Enviromission’s unique technology.
From the Arabian Gulf in the East, to the Atlantic coast of North Africa in the West, the region boasts some of the world’s highest solar insolation levels.
EnviroMission's Solar Tower STP® opportunities in the MENA regions
- Multiple solar towers are envisaged for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia has over 2,149.000 km2 of land, about nine times larger than the Australian State of Victoria, and much of it is flat and otherwise unused.
- Kuwait and Qatar, that are 17,820 km2 and 11,586 km2 respectively (by comparison, Melbourne is almost 10,000 km2 in area) would be capable of supporting the operation of several Solar Towers.
- Saudi Arabia has about 20% of the world’s oil reserves, producing around 10m barrels of crude per day, its use of oil for internal electricity consumption is high and is growing fast. The Kingdom currently uses approx. 25% of its domestic oil use - at current rates this could rise to over 8M barrels per day by 2030 according to Mr Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi Energy Minister.
EnviroMissions Solar Tower STP® technology is ideally suited to the MENA region that enjoys superior solar resource.