From its astounding sheer size to the ingenious and innovative solar technology it employs, Morocco’s Solar Power Station is truly a marvel to behold.
Here are 10 particularly interesting facts about this colossal project:
When completed, Noor will be the largest solar plant in the world. It will cover an area the size of Morocco’s capital city Rabat.
The project is being built in three phases and consists of 4 parts; Noor 1, 2, 3 and 4. Noor 1, which was switched on in February of 2016, covers 450 hectares and can already be seen from space.
Noor 1 consists of 500,000 curved mirrors that reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a pipe filled with fluid. The sunlight heats up the fluid resulting in steam which is used to help spin nearby turbines — generating energy.
The station keeps on working past day light by using molten salt, which is used to retain and transport large amounts of heat. Currently the plant’s storage capacity is 3 hours, when finished, it will store energy for up to 8 hours.
The entire project is estimated to cost $9 billion.
When finished, the farm will generate 580 MW of electricity, that is enough to power one million homes with clean energy.
Noor has created thousands of job opportunities. The construction of Noor 1 alone provided some 2500 jobs, an currently employs some 500 people on a full time basis.
When fully operational, Noor will lower carbon emissions by an estimated 760.000 tons per year and decrease the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Morocco is currently the largest energy importer in northern Africa. With Noor, Morocco hopes to become a renewable energy powerhouse and export energy to Europe.
There is something aesthetically pleasing about the design of Noor, especially when looked at from distance. Combining this with its functionality makes it a true masterpiece. It is kind of awesome to just look at!