Qatar’s First Solar Energy Test Facility Opening Soon
The Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP), tenants of which include Chevron Qatar and GreenGulf, will start testing solar technologies in three or four months. The five year project has the goal to identify the best solar technologies in Qatar that can cope with the region’s dust, heat and humidity. The installation of photovoltaic panels has already begun, and panels that do not perform well will be replaced with other products to gauge what performs best within Qatar’s extreme environment. Alternative methods of power generation and desalination are among the test projects that will ramp up at QSTP later this year. Increased investment by ventures like QSTP (a Qatar Foundation initiative) are critical as Qatar sets to prove, not just say, that this small country will become an emerging green building and clean energy hub. With global events including the 2022 World Cup placing this small yet ambitious country under a huge spotlight, that light needs to be transparent, renewable and authentic. Qatar has a huge opportunity to show that it will diversify its economy away from oil and gas. So far the steps taken have been the right ones; a skeptical world will be looking for more. Photo above is of the future Msheireb Project in downtown Doha. From Bonnie James and the Gulf Times. Photograph of the Qatar desert below courtesy Leon Kaye.