The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) recently announced its Innovative & Renewable Energy Program (IRE) as part of its seventh strategic plan to deliver new renewable energy developments which will meet the country’s growing energy demands.

The IRE will include a number of new facilities, including:

  • hagaya Renewable Energy Park – A 70MW multi-technology energy park; the first of its kind in the country.
  • Photovoltaic Test Platform – A 100KW platform that showcases panels and inverters from a broad range of manufacturers to determine their performance and compatibility in Kuwait.
  • Salmi mini-wind farm – A testing facility for small-sized wind turbines to the west of Kuwait City, which will allow it to serve on- and off-grid facilities.
  • Solar and wind to hydrogen plant – A 16KW facility for producing and storing hydrogen as an energy carrier and to be used as a fuel cell.

These projects form the first of three phases of development in Western Kuwait which will see the delivery of renewable energy capacity of approximately 2GW.