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MASE Signs O&M Contract for Masdar City Solar Plant

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MASE to operate and maintain the iconic Masdar City Solar PV Plant in Abu Dhabi

  • Contract will set a regional precedent for O&M of brownfield PV plants
  • MASE Services Middle East Limited will carry out the turnkey services
  • Masdar will rely on MASE for plant performance and availability

Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 2019: MASE has signed a contract with Masdar Specialized Technical Services (MSTSC), a Masdar company, to operate and maintain Masdar’s Solar PV Plant located in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.  The 10 MW solar PV Plant was the first grid-connected renewable energy project in the UAE and the largest of its kind in the Middle East when inaugurated in 2009.  The O&M services will be carried out by MASE Services Middle East Limited, MASE’s UAE subsidiary.

The iconic facility, developed and owned by Masdar, is located at the heart of the cutting-edge Masdar City – an iconic multi-usage real estate development that drives and implements sustainability concepts and green technologies across all of its corners – and produces about 17,500 megawatt-hours of clean electricity annually and offsets 15,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.  It consists of 87,780 multi-crystalline and thin-film modules.

Setting a regional precedent for brown field PV plants in the region

With the Plant approaching it’s half-life of ten years, the O&M Contract is expected to set a regional precedent for a multitude of facets pertaining to the operations and maintenance of brownfield utility-scale solar PV projects.  The undertaking will set a local and regional benchmark for O&M best-practices associated with the appointment of a specialized O&M service provider to care for solar assets of relatively older age.

In carrying out its O&M services for the Plant, MASE will also implement a contemporary approach aimed at redressing common plant degradation issues to revamp performance, enhance availability and increase longevity.  MASE will execute best-in-class services utilizing the innovative technology comprising advanced module cleaning, digitized ticketing and automated processes.

 

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About Masdar

Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar is advancing the commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy, sustainable urban development and clean technologies to address global sustainability challenges. Wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, our mandate is to help maintain the UAE’s leadership in the global energy sector, while supporting the diversification of both its economy and energy sources for the benefit of future generations. Masdar’s renewable energy projects are located in the UAE, Jordan, Mauritania, Egypt, Morocco, the UK, Serbia, Spain, Montenegro and North America.

Contacts:
E-mail: press@masdar.ae
Tel enquiries in Arabic: +971 2 653 3333
Tel enquiries in English: +971 2 653 6014
For more information please visit: http://www.masdar.ae and connect: facebook.com/masdar.ae and twitter.com/masdar

About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE operates, maintains and manages commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants with a combined capacity exceeding 100 MWp of operating assets under management.  Our dedication is to long-term performance and our award-winning operations and maintenance value proposition comprises a turn-key scope covering preventive and corrective maintenance, performance engineering and rehabilitation.

In June 2019, we received the ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award for the MENA region from International Finance Magazine, a leading UK-based industry publication.

MASE Signs O&M Contract for MOE Solar Plants

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MASE inks O&M Contract for Ministry of Education’s two utility-scale solar PV plants

  • Contract awarded based on competitive bidding process
  • MASE will carry out turnkey O&M services for the two brownfield plants

Amman, Jordan – October 2019: MASE has signed a contract with Jordan’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to operate, maintain and manage the Ministry’s two utility-scale solar PV plants located in Ma’an and Mafraq, each with an installed capacity of 1,000 kW (1 MW).  The plants were developed by the Royal Hashemite Court (RHC) on behalf of the MOE in 2016 and their output is utilized to offset the electricity consumption for a number of schools and MOE offices across Jordan.

The contract was awarded to MASE on the basis of a competitive public tendering process managed by the MOE. As part of the tender evaluation, MASE received the highest technical marks and submitted the most competitive commercial proposal.

MASE’s Commercial O&M Team has been entrusted with managing the plants and will carry out a turnkey scope comprising performance engineering, preventive, corrective and conditional maintenance, in addition to emergency response and corrective maintenance.

 

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About MASE’s O&M Value Proposition

MASE operates, maintains and manages commercial and utility-scale solar PV plants with a combined capacity exceeding 100 MWp of operating assets under management.  Our dedication is to long-term performance and our award-winning operations and maintenance value proposition comprises a turn-key scope covering preventive and corrective maintenance, performance engineering and rehabilitation.

In June 2019, we received the ‘Fastest Growing O&M Service Provider’ award for the MENA region from International Finance Magazine, a leading UK-based industry publication.

MASE Team Member Research Paper Published in Science Direct

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Science Direct publishes research article co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud

The Internet – July 2019: Science Direct, a leading publisher of scientific and research content, has published a research paper titled ‘Comparative CFD analysis of thermal energy storage materials in photovoltaic/thermal panels’.  The article was co-authored by MASE’s Aya Al-Hmoud (Design & Analysis Engineer) who conducted research and developed findings during her time completing her Master’s of Science degree in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from University of Surrey in 2018.

At MASE, Aya is responsible for designing commercial and industrial solar PV systems and analyzing the performance of operational solar PV assets as part of the Company’s operations and maintenance value proposition.

The research article is organized into four main sections.  The authors use a transient Computational Fluid Dynamics simulation to compare the performance of desert sand to that of well-established phase-change materials used in photovoltaic/thermal systems. The simulation gives as a result the temperature profiles within the device as well as the time evolution of the charge/discharge cycles when using PCMs. The results show the suitability of desert sand as a thermal storage material to be used in photovoltaic/thermal systems.

The research article can be accessed through the following link.

 

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