EDF and Masdar to build 800MW solar hybrid in Morocco

Combination of PV and concentrating solar power with storage will boost 800MW plant's flexibility, says winning consortium

France’s EDF and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar won a tender for an 800MW power project in Morocco with a bid combining PV and concentrating solar power (CSP).

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EDF Renewables, Masdar and local power group Green Africa will build the Noor Midelt I project in central Morocco after winning a competitive process run by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), said a statement. "The hybridisation of these technologies is a world first," they claimed.

Combining PV and CSP, and linking them with energy storage, “increases the plant's output to produce a flexible, dispatchable and competitive electricity for the Moroccan grid until five hours after sunset”, they added.

The project is expected to begin delivering power to the grid in 2022.

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