START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

A Solar Plant the Size of 300 Football Fields travels to Abu Dhabi to visit the largest concentrating solar plant in the world, Shams 1. The 100 MW plant occupies a square mile of the desert, roughly the size of 300 football fields and will power for 20,000 homes.

The technology works by using 250,000 parabolic shaped mirrors to turn sunlight into energy. These collectors concentrate the sun’s heat onto a tube filled with hot oil — that heats water — to produce steam. A gas powered booster heater increases the steam’s temperature to over 500 degrees farenheit. The steam then drives a turbine to produce energy.

As water is a scarce commodity, Shams 1 opted to go for air cooling in the form of huge fans to regulate temperature, rather than water cooling employed at most CSP plants.

$600 million has been invested in the development of Shams 1. The plant will be operational in 2013, and will contribute to reaching Abu Dhabi’s goal of 7 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Read more: Green, Technology, Videos

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Sarah Backhouse, selected from Future360

Sarah Backhouse is Founder of Future360, a media company specializing in the production of premium video content around cleantech and innovation.An environmental journalist and TV host, Sarah has worked for some of the most prestigious networks worldwide including: Planet Green, BBC, PBS, CNBC, Fine Living and Discovery. For more information go to: &


+ add your own
3:31PM PDT on Oct 30, 2014

Live long and prosper

6:33PM PST on Jan 25, 2014

Go wind and solar!

12:07AM PDT on Oct 8, 2013


4:44AM PDT on Sep 12, 2013


11:35PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Thank you! The comments are interesting, but three football fields seems alot smaller than removing mountain tops and destroying the land and air with coal mining. It is also much safer than nuclear power plants which leave us with spent nuclear rods that remain radioactive for centuries or more. If we don't take action, we will be buying our solar power rather than selling it which would not be helpful.

4:55PM PDT on May 19, 2013

So happy to see this, the U.S. should take a hint.

4:27PM PDT on May 2, 2013


2:49PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

good start...keep spreading the sunlight electric

3:20AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

It doesn't sound very efficent to me.

8:07AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

thanks for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

Boy am I glad I was sexually active when sexual encounters didn't carry the risk of dying. Condoms w…

Nice infographics ;)

Helpful information, thanks.

thanks for the info


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!