China has reportedly played a vital role in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) renewable energy strategy for the region, as reiterated by the UAE Minister of Energy and Industry, H.E. Eng. Suhail Al-Mazrouei recently.
On the sidelines of the ongoing 11th World Future Energy Summit at Abu Dhabi, he stated that China was an important country for them in relation to the manufacturing of solar panels and also reducing the overall costs of solar energy and the renewable energy.
It is observed that the UAE’s relationship with China is being seen as crucial for stability and development of the region in the context of achieving UAE’s vision for renewable, clean energy sources. The minister added that the UAE has been a major oil supplier with 99% of domestic energy needs based on oil and gas and aimed to increase the share of clean energy from a near-zero three years ago to around 50% by 2050. The 50% clean energy share would be broken down to 44% based on renewable energy and 6% would be of nuclear energy. The minister reiterated that a 44% renewable energy share would imply 44 GW of renewable energy (primarily solar).
Meanwhile, Trinasolar, a major solar firm that is headquartered in the eastern province of Jiangsu in China, has provided equipment to the UAE green project ‘Dubai Sustainable City’. This includes around 500 residential villas that have been grouped into five clusters and a 170-room hotel with 40,000 solar panels.
It has also been reported that the UAE Vice President, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, had ordered the construction of the world’s biggest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project. And, Al-Mazrouei is said to have pinned hopes on this large project. He said that the prices for CSP would make a competitive source in the future.
Meanwhile, it is said the China-UAE trade has totaled 520.6 billion dirhams (141.74 billion U.S. dollars) from 2014 to 2016.