IRENA, ISA to Diversify Global Solar Manufacturing Supply Chains
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the India headquartered International Solar Alliance (ISA) are now on a multi-country plan to diversify global solar manufacturing supply chain.
The initiative announced during the 13th Clean Energy Ministerial held last month at Pittsburg, is focused on solar manufacturing around the world to meet 800-1,000 Gigawatts (GW) of production by 2030 in a resilient, diversified way.
The international cooperation saw the participation of Australia, Germany, India, US and the UAE.
The 2018 report produced by IRENA and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) found that more than 30% of components for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants could be locally manufactured in the UAE.
The percentage that could increase to 60% if solar concentrators were locally produced.
The study also found that though solar PV would be the most suitable renewable technology for the region, many of the components required for wind projects could also be sourced locally.
This include cables, connection boxes, transformers and the needed elements for building foundations. Moreover, the well-established steel industry could adapt or install production lines to include wind tower manufacturing processes.
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