World’s largest single-site solar project signs MoU with Abu Dhabi University
May 29, 2021: Noor Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest stand-alone operational solar photovoltaic (PV) plant located in Abu Dhabi’s Sweihan region, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi University to offer internships to students in the company’s solar power plant. The move has made Noor Abu Dhabi an ideal platform for training national engineers and equipping them with the technical skills and hands-on expertise in renewable and clean energy.
The partnership will provide Emirati students with training opportunities in the field including exchange of scientific and practical experiences in areas relevant to engineering and the energy industry, particularly in the field of renewable energy. It further aims to integrate innovation and creativity among Emirati youth, promote sustainability, as well as enhance the country’s competitive edge in this emerging sector.
As part of the agreement, Noor Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi University will support their mutual research projects and share information to further promote research and development. Moreover, Noor Abu Dhabi will arrange site visits for the university students as well as conduct seminars, conferences, training programs, and lectures, both inside and outside the plant.
Commenting on the development, Abdulla Salem Al Kayoumi, CEO of Sweihan PV Power Company PJSC, said: “Being the first PV plant of its kind in the region, we take responsibility to prepare a highly trained young engineers and equip them with practical skills and hands-on PV experience to lead the next stage of the development process. Through this initiative, we aim to work along with academic institutions to leverage the readiness and employability of their graduates in such a growing clean energy industry.”
Commenting on the agreement, Professor Waqar Ahmad, the Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, said, “We are excited to be collaborating with the world’s largest single-site solar project. This MoU represents an important milestone for ADU as we are focusing on delivering exceptional educational and hands-on experiences in fields that are relevant to engineering and renewable energy. This collaboration will certainly equip our students with the right skills and expertise to the ever-changing market needs. I strongly believe this is only the beginning to a prosperous collaboration that will mutually benefit both ADU and Noor Abu Dhabi Station that will contribute to the development and the growth of our communities”.
Noor Abu Dhabi is a 1.2-gigawatt power plant featuring more than 3.3 million record solar panels at a single site. The project reflects the UAE’s efforts to address rising energy demand by building a clean energy source, thereby putting the nation at the forefront of sustainable development.