Improving The Efficiency of Kuwait’s Energy Resources
Enhancing Building & Infrastructure Durability
Managing Energy Sources
Building Material Resources & Infrastructure Systems
Sustainable Management of Energy & Building

Challenge

Kuwait is completely reliant on the burning of fossil fuels for energy generation and water desalination. According to the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW), by 2030, Kuwait’s energy demand will triple. Such demand will pose a great challenge to the energy generation sector’s capacity in terms of fuel and infrastructure.

 

Goal

KISR has explored the potential of capturing energy by alternative means, conducting research in concentrated solar thermal technologies as well as photovoltaic panels. The research program leads efforts to diversify Kuwait’s energy supply by exploring the viability of proven and emerging solar and wind energy technologies that are capable of overcoming the challenges of Kuwait’s harsh climate.

 

Program Thrusts

  • Energy Resource Assessment: Determine the availability of natural resources such as solar irradiation, wind speed, and direction to determine which locations, technologies, and strategies should be used to optimize their utilization for power generation.
  • Renewable Energy Technologies Development: Assess and evaluate emerging RE and energy storage technologies under the  local climatic conditions. This thrust area covers two distinct application sizes namely, utility scale and distributed scale applications. These technologies will be evaluated for stand-alone (off-grid) applications as well as grid-tied applications.
  • Renewable Energy Policies and Regulation: Provide the necessary technical information required to put the right policies and regulations that guarantee achieving the strategic targets of energy security through the renewable energy share of 15% by 2030.

 

Facilities

  • Photovoltaic Test Platform: The RE Program has developed a 100 KWp test platform that features panels and inverters from a variety of manufacturers and different technologies to assess their performance and viability in Kuwait.
  • Salmi Mini-wind Farm (West of Kuwait City): The Salmi Mini-wind Farm was established to test and measure the performance of small-sized wind turbines, both on and off-grid, and serve telecommunication towers in remote areas as well as the fire brigade station in Salmi. The farm is located near the future selected site of the first large- scale (70 megawatt) multi-technology Shagaya Renewable Energy Park: a government initiative currently being managed by KISR.
  • Solar and Wind to Hydrogen Plant: This pilot-scale plant was designed to use photovoltaic panels (10 kilowatts) and wind turbines (6 kilowatts) to produce and store hydrogen (H2) as an energy carrier and use it in a fuel cell to provide electric ity. The plant is being used to develop energy management technologies to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of renewable energy technologies in Kuwait.