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Energy Yield Measurements of PV Modules in Dubai

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) required reliable PV measurement technologies for an outdoor solar testing site as part of a large solar energy project, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

Basic Facts
ClientDubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)
Time frame2014–2017
Project locationDubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Main Services
  • Commissioning of outdoor test site
  • Energy yield measurements of PV modules
  • Maintenance and calibration services
Regulations/standards involvedIEC 60904, IEC 60068

Initial situation and requirements

The Dubai local energy utility, DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) is moving toward renewable energies as the primary source of power for the region.

The goal is to establish 1 GW of photovoltaics and more than 700 MW of concentrated solar power in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

The project requires strong research and development support, and to this end DEWA enlisted the help of TÜV Rheinland to create a test hub in the desert. Part of which is focused on carrying out measurements, such as energy yield , to ensure the viability of the modules.

Solutions, results

Our experts led a small consortium to develop, install and commission the measurement systems and technologies required for the project.

We supplied the hard- and software for the precise benchmarking of more than 128 PV modules from a variety of testing angles. In addition to the engineering and measurement tasks, our team carried out training, maintenance and calibration services to enable DEWA to meet its goals.

Did you know?

DEWA oversees the largest single-site solar park based on IPP models.
The solar park is the result of investments totaling around 11 billion euros.The solar park will reduce 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions a year.

Benefits for the client

With the help of our experts, DEWA has achieved what it set out to do, establishing a unique and highly accurate outdoor test site in the field of solar energy. We provided:

  • State-of-the-art technologies paired with unmatched expertise in the field of solar power
  • Over 35 years of experience in the renewable energy sector
  • The capacity to customize solutions to the client’s needs

About TÜV Rheinland

Founded 145 years ago, TÜV Rheinland is a global leader in independent inspection services, ensuring quality and safety for people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life.

We inspect technical equipment, products and services, oversee projects and help to shape processes for companies around the world. Since 2006, we have been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

TÜV Rheinland is a world leader in testing and supply chain management services for the solar industry. With over 35 years of experience, we offer testing and certification of PV modules and components, supply chain management, and independent engineering for PV power plants.