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The Solar Island prototype is a Swiss-designed artificial island which
has been built in the gulf state of Ras Al Khaimah, in the UAE with the
aim of providing a source of clean energy.
The project, a collaboration between Neuchâtel's Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) and the local government. The solution proposed by the centre was to build artificial islands that can sit offshore, where surface is not a problem. To cut costs, the usual solar panels are not be used, but rather a concentrator that heats water running through pipes. The steam is then used to generate electricity. Because of its floating structure, the island could be easily turned to always face the sun, generating maximum power. The prototype has been built with a diameter of 100 metres, one-tenth of the size of an actual solar island. Initial tests have taken place on land, with the island floating on a water channel.
In the late 2004 The CSEM-UAE was launched as a result of the visionary plans of the government of Ras Al Khaimah in UAE. At that time, H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi The Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah was concerned with accelerating the transformation of the emirate into one of the most exciting business and lifestyle destinations in the region and CSEM Switzerland was concerned with the expansion of its activity to a fast industrial developing regions.
Early 2005, CSEM Switzerland started settling in Ras Al Khaimah, with its Swiss engineers teamed up, local and regional team of specialists joined and CSEM-uae offices and state of art laboratories started. Projects of generic interest to local economy was defined and agreed with Dr. Khather Massaad, Advisor to The Crown Prince & Deputy Ruler of RAK and Chief Executive Officer of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA), which funded them.
2006, CSEM-UAE was fully operational and RAKIA started getting significant success in attracting worldwide investments in developing local industries. Fruitful interaction between the CSEM-uae and this local industry started.
2007, the Government of Ras Al Khaimah allocated to CSEM-UAE 87,000 m² of land in the industrial zone to build a world unique Solar R&D facilities which can be open to co-operation with world leading academic, technology and industrial development centers. Solar-Island prototype was proposed. It was designed to evaluate technologies to build cost effective solar power plants.
2008, the construction of a 5,000 m² platform of a Solar-Island demonstrator was achieved; in parallel a Photovoltaic performance test and the Solar thermal centers was built. The Solar Radiation and the weather stations were installed.
2009, the proposal of a new organization focusing on short term projects adding value to local economy was developed. The aim, to reduce the need of electricity produced from fossil energy. The hovering test of the Solar-Island platform was successfully performed.
2010, CSEM-UAE started building Solar Cool Research Center and Solar facilities to develop Solar Insulation Material, Solar Assisted Air Conditioning and Waste Heat or Solar Assisted Water Desalination. The evaluation of projects with carbon credit started. The Solar-Island precision tracking test was successfully performed.
2011, CSEM-UAE successfully tested in Februaryv 2011, the Solar Cooling center with 1 ton of refrigeration and decided its extension to 10 ton of refrigeration.
CSEM-UAE operates from its offices in Al Jazeera Al Hamra and has Solar R&D facilities (Solar-Island platform, Solar Cool center, Photovoltaic performance test center and Thermal R&D center) nearby. Mother company is in Switzerland and Sister Company in Brazil.
CSEM-UAE aims to be one of the best innovation centers worldwide, providing novel applications and solutions to local economy and worldwide customers by developing and using unique Solar and Clean Technology platforms, thus adding value to the results of research and maturing products to regional markets.
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