An experimental facility to study different solar technologies best equipped for the country of Qatar has been given a boost with the involvement of Chevron Qatar Energy Technology, an affiliate of Chevron Corporation. GreenGulf, a Qatar-based renewable energy and clean technology company had originally planned to collaborate with the Qatar Science & Technology Park and other partners to study different solar-to-electricity conversion methods in March, 2009, which had the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation. The project will still be located at the Qatar Science & Technology Park.
Chevron announced in February, 2009 that it would establish its Center for Sustainable Energy Efficiency (CSEE) at QSTP and is now in the process of building out the Center. The Center is scheduled to open in mid 2010.
The project will study the performance of different photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies at a 35,000 square meter solar test site at QSTP. The partners said that the project supports QSTP’s strategy for assisting in the development of a national solar energy industry in Qatar.
Dr. Tidu Maini, Science & Technology Advisor to HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned and Executive Chairman of QSTP, said “In order to commercialize solar technologies and realize their full potential, we must carefully understand the environmental effects such as dust, humidity, and radiation patterns. From this we can build realistic cost parameters based on actual Qatar conditions. I commend Chevron and GreenGulf on their partnership and am proud that QSTP will be the center for this vital solar research.”