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Masdar Carbon-TriOceanCarbon register CDM project in Egypt under UN Kyoto Protocol

Posted on 08/05/2011

Masdar Carbon, one of the five integrated units of Masdar,andTriOceanCarbon- a privately-owned company based in Cairo, announced yesterday the registration of theKafr El DawarClean Development Mechanism (CDM) project in Egypt under the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol. The registration implies that, once approved, Masdar will be able to generate and monetise revenues from this project within the next year and continue for a further period of 10 years. Located at the Egypt for Spinning, Weaving ...  >>MORE

Masdar plan for US$200m pioneering wind farm

Posted on 27/04/2011

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean energy company, is considering building a US$200 million (Dh734.6m) wind farm near the Saudi Arabian border that would be the first of its kind in the region. Abu Dhabi is committed to sourcing 7 per cent of its power from renewable sources within nine years, and wind has unexpectedly become a contributor. The Gulf is not a windy region, but turbine makers are developing specialised blades to generate more energy from the light breezes the region receives. "We are ...  >>MORE

The Market @ Masdar City to offer residents glimpse into urban eco-living

Posted on 24/04/2011

Masdar City has announced the launch next weekend of The Market @ Masdar City, a first-of-a-kind, family-focused street fair and organic market that will offer UAE residents insight into what life is like in one of the world's most sustainable urban developments.  The event will be held from 10am-5pm on Friday at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus at Masdar City. Entry is free. "Masdar City, a living example of Abu Dhabi's commitment to sustainable living, is open to the ...  >>MORE

Swiss President to address Future Energy policies at EFEF 2011

Posted on 20/04/2011

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey has been confirmed to officially open and make a keynote presentation at the 2011 European Future Energy Forum to be held from 10-12 October in Geneva. Speaking about the Forum, Ms. Calmy-Rey said 'Geneva has a longstanding tradition and a strong reputation as a centre for the promotion of future-oriented technologies. I am confident that Geneva as a host city will make every effort to render the European Future Energy Forum 2011 a great success'. The ...  >>MORE

Masdar sets standards for manufacturing processes

Posted on 11/04/2011

Construction material from timber, steel, aluminium, paint and cement based in the UAE has vastly improved the country's manufacturing processes to meet standards of Masdar City, benefiting construction regionally. The Masdar City supply chain requirements have helped spur product innovation and improved manufacturing processes. This has opened market opportunities for UAE companies, said Dr Nasal Al Hosanna, Associate Director of Sustainability, Masdar. "Building one of the world's most ...  >>MORE

Emirates wins UN carbon credits for reducing emissions

Posted on 05/04/2011

The UAE has become the first nation in the GCC to earn credits from the UN for reducing carbon emissions. The power-production efficiency project developed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean-energy company, is expected each year to generate more than €1.5 million (Dh7.8m) of carbon credits at current market prices. "It's a good start," said Shibu Davies, the regional general manager for TUV, the German company that audited the project for Masdar. "This will be a lead model for most organisations ...  >>MORE

Female leaders to discuss role of women in clean energy revolution during C3E

Posted on 04/04/2011

Distinguished female leaders from around the world will discuss "The Role of Women in the Clean Energy Revolution" during the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment (C3E) Initiative, an event taking place as part of the second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) held in Abu Dhabi next week. Held on 6 April, the event is being hosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CEM Secretariat, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The objective of C3E, an initiative of the CEM, is ...  >>MORE

UAE leads global initiatives to push clean energy transition

Posted on 31/03/2011

The second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2), a high-level global forum promoting policies and programmes to advance clean energy, will be held in Abu Dhabi April 6-7, bringing together ministers from the world's major economies. In co-operation with the United States, the United Arab Emirates will lead the dialogue amongst 21 governments - including ministers, business leaders and nongovernmental organisations - to progress initiatives that will accelerate the world's transition to clean ...  >>MORE

James Cameron praises ambitious vision of Masdar city

Posted on 21/03/2011

James Cameron, the acclaimed Hollywood film director and producer, recently visited Masdar City, and praised its ambition and commitment to advancing and commercialising innovations in renewable energy and clean technology. Cameron was received by Dr. Sultan A. Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and given a comprehensive overview of Masdar's unique integrated approach to tackling the complex energy challenges the world faces. The tour of Masdar City enabled Cameron to see firsthand the innovations, ...  >>MORE

UAE joins Global Green Growth Institute

Posted on 14/03/2011

The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in the presence of HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed - The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and HE Kim Sung-Hwan -The Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The agreement includes the establishment of a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regional office in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City as well as the development of joint capacity-building programs. The ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute announces Master's degree program in chemical engineering

Posted on 10/03/2011

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has announced the launch of a Master's degree program in Chemical Engineering that will be available to its next intake of students in September 2011. The new program will help establish core capabilities that can support regional and global industries in their efforts to become more efficient and sustainable. It is the eighth Master of Science degree being offered by Masdar Institute -- the first graduate-level university in the region that is ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute selected as the Regional Representative for EU-GCC Clean Energy Network

Posted on 06/03/2011

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has been selected as the lead research institution to represent the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in the European Union-GCC Clean Energy Network. The network is being set up to advance the shared common interest between the EU and the GCC for strategic energy cooperation. Masdar Institute's selection for this prestigious role, which cements the UAE's position as an emerging research and development hub, was made following presentations by Gulf ...  >>MORE

Masdar to lead Gulf in clean energy network

Posted on 03/03/2011

The Masdar Institute has been chosen to lead the Gulf region in establishing a clean-energy research network for collaboration with the European Union. The EU-GCC Clean Energy Network, financially backed by the European Commission, has chosen Masdar over other institutions in the region that had expressed interest in the role, including the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. The National Technical University of Athens will be ...  >>MORE

Spanish Prime Minister hails Abu Dhabi's vision and its leading role in renewable energy sector

Posted on 02/03/2011

Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero visited Tuesday Abu Dhabi's Masdar City to experience firsthand the visible progress of the sustainable, cutting-edge urban development and to reaffirm the growing cooperation between the two nations in the development and deployment of renewable energy. The Prime Minister was received by Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and provided with a comprehensive overview of Masdar's unique integrated approach to tackling the complex energy ...  >>MORE

Masdar City’s ‘‘One-Stop Shop' advances speed and ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/02/2011

The acceleration and commercialisation of renewable energy and clean technologies are fundamental aspects to advancing the Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030. Backed by visionary leadership and through the innovative Masdar Initiative - Abu Dhabi is well positioned to emerge as a global leader in delivering the world with new sources of clean, sustainable power, says a press release. Masdar City plays an integral role in transforming Abu Dhabi's economy by serving as the centralised test bed ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute led initiative provides platform to nurture the brightest young talent

Posted on 02/02/2011

The Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL), an initiative led by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, held a highly successful program during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), in Abu Dhabi. This year, nearly 100 YFEL nominees took part in the four day program, from January 17-20, which was established to engage with, mentor and champion future leaders in the alternative energy sector. YFEL is a key element of WFES, the world's foremost annual meeting for the renewable energy and ...  >>MORE

Malaysian Prime Minister recognises Masdar as a driving force in development of a global sustainable industry

Posted on 01/02/2011

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak, yesterday visited the Masdar Institute campus at Masdar City, to see firsthand the momentum and progress of Abu Dhabi's world-renowned, sustainable and cutting-edge urban development. The Prime Minister also met with Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO and managing director of Masdar, to discuss how the two nations can collaborate to innovate and commercialise renewable energy and clean technologies. Prime Minister Razak said: "Abu Dhabi has emerged as ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute completes assessment for Biofuels Production from an Integrated Seawater Agriculture System

Posted on 20/01/2011

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI), the Boeing Company, Etihad Airways, and Honeywell's UOP announced yesterday the completion of a Sustainability Assessment of the Integrated Seawater Agriculture System (ISAS) for production of aviation biofuels and other bioresources. This study makes a significant contribution to current knowledge on the viability of using salt-tolerant plants irrigated with seawater as a sustainable feedstock for biofuels. The researchers confirmed the ...  >>MORE

Masdar City saves more power than it consumes

Posted on 18/01/2011

Supported by a 10-megawatt grid-connected power plant, Masdar City is "energy positive." The plant currently puts more energy into the grid than it consumes. "The power this [10 MW] plant generates over a 24-hour period exceeds the amount that the [Masdar] Institute and the site offices with the construction site use," Afshin Afshari, manager of Energy Management at Masdar City, said. The power plant, the largest in the region, is built over 22 hectares and has been in operation since April ...  >>MORE

MASDAR expands social media efforts to enable global conversation during WFES

Posted on 17/01/2011

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted initiative advancing the development and deployment of renewable energy and clean technologies, yesterday announced it is significantly boosting its online social media efforts to facilitate and enhance worldwide dialogue, discussion and collaboration about the issues emerging from the fourth annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi. WFES 2011 - the world's largest conference and exhibition on renewable and future energy solutions - will be held ...  >>MORE

Masdar launches Electronic Vehicle Pilot in collaboration with Mitsubishi

Posted on 16/01/2011

Masdar, yesterday announced the commencement of an Electric Vehicle (EV) pilot in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI). The Masdar pilot will involve electric cars and test the feasibility of EV technology as a point-to-point transportation solution for Masdar City. The pilot will also offer residents of Masdar City and employees of Masdar access to a smart and sustainable transportation system throughout the testing period. Masdar City, as an open technology platform, ...  >>MORE

Hillary Clinton praises the vision of Masdar

Posted on 11/01/2011

The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday delivered a speech at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus - the Middle East's first graduate research institution dedicated to innovations in clean energy located at Masdar City - affirming the strong relationship between the US and the United Arab Emirates. Secretary Clinton also commended Masdar's ambition and commitment to advancing and commercialising innovations in renewable ...  >>MORE

Hillary Clinton: UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century

Posted on 11/01/2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday said that the UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century because of its commitment to clean, renewable energy. Addressing a gathering during her tour of the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Clinton also spelt out her satisfaction over the deepening partnership between UAE and the US in the energy sector. "I am very pleased the United States and the UAE have deepened our partnership on energy in recent months", Clinton said. ...  >>MORE

Arabian Construction Company awarded Dh750 million construction contract

Posted on 11/01/2011

Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded an Dh750 million construction contract to expand the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) campus in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The project - which makes up the second phase of construction and is being managed by Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties PJSC - will add another 82,000 square metres to the campus and will include student lodgings, seven open laboratories, a conference facility, a swimming pool and a gym. It is to be completed ...  >>MORE

Germany's n-tv: Masdar "city of the future"

Posted on 10/01/2011

n-tv, Germany's largest news television station, yesterday broadcast a 17-minute special report about Masdar, the carbon neutral city currently being built outside Abu Dhabi City. The report addressed in detail the opportunities arising from the development of the world's first project of this kind. Among the many interviewees for the report were Alan Frost, CEO of Masdar City, Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of the Masdar Institute, Frank Wouters, Director of Masdar Power, and J rgen Haepp, ...  >>MORE

Masdar launches START initiative

Posted on 30/12/2010

Abu Dhabi's Masdar has launched "The START initiative," an employee sustainability campaign, to teach employees that change happens at the individual level with better decision making and environmentally-conscientious lifestyles. "Masdar encourages its employees to be aware and accountable of the environmental impacts of their everyday actions, and the START initiative is a constant reminder," Masdar said in a statement. Masdar's sustainability framework is designed to integrate economic, ...  >>MORE

President of Iceland: The world is looking towards Abu Dhabi to continue to strengthen global dialogue on clean energy future

Posted on 21/12/2010

President of Iceland Olafur Ragner Grisson said Clean energy efforts give Abu Dhabi enormous opportunities in the 21st century economy but this also carries with it greater responsibility because the world is now looking towards Abu Dhabi to continue to strengthen this global dialogue on clean energy future. In an interview with the Emirates News Agency, WAM in Abu Dhabi, Grisson, who is also a member of the jury of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize, said he was invited by General His ...  >>MORE

Mexico President receives brief on Masdar activities

Posted on 09/12/2010

Cancun - The President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon received a comprehensive briefing from Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive of Masdar and United Arab Emirates Special Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, on the activities of Masdar and on the UAE ongoing participation in the Climate Change Negotiations in Cancun. The meeting took place in the ProMexico Green Solutions exhibition during the opening tour conducted by President Calderon where he visited the Masdar stand. Green Solutions, an ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus launched

Posted on 24/11/2010

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus, the Middle East's first graduate research institution dedicated to renewable energy and clean environmental technologies was officially inaugurated yesterday by H.H Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister '&' Minister of Presidential Affairs at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. The inauguration is under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

Masdar City plans on track

Posted on 14/11/2010

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's government-backed renewable energy company, is on track to develop a clean-energy city on time and intends to maintain its current level of spending, its chief executive officer said. "We are not scaling back, we are not scaling down," Sultan Al Jaber said yesterday in an interview on the sidelines of a conference in Abu Dhabi. "Our plans are very much the same. Our budget is very much the same." He declined to disclose figures. Masdar said last month that it abandoned ...  >>MORE

British politician hails UAE's Masdar initiative

Posted on 11/11/2010

Former British Foreign Secretary, Rt. Hon. David Miliband MP, paid a second visit to Masdar. He used his meeting with Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO and managing director of Masdar, to praise the visible progress being made on Masdar City and the Masdar Institute and to highlight the importance of the full range of Masdar activities including actions on carbon capture and storage, solar and wind power and investment in new clean technologies. The former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, paid ...  >>MORE

Siemens to open new office in Masdar City

Posted on 02/11/2010

The German engineering and automation conglomerate Siemens announced Monday it plans to establish a new oil and gas headquarters in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City. The company's energy division said the move would create up to 50 jobs in the capital, primarily in marketing, sales and business development. Last month, Siemens signed an agreement with Masdar to establish a long-term strategic partnership on energy-efficient power solutions, including smart grids and smart buildings. As part of the ...  >>MORE

Masdar event showcases innovations in green building and energy efficient design

Posted on 24/10/2010

A Masdar sponsored, exhibition is being held at the European Future Energy Forum (EFEF) this week in London to showcase innovative construction projects and technologies focused on efficient building and design. Called the Masdar Future Urban Zone, the event unites companies and specific projects from around the world, including UAE's Masdar City, the emerging global clean technology cluster and sustainable urban development. "Built environments that are capable of achieving high energy ...  >>MORE

UK Premier praises Masdar and UAE Government at European Energy Forum

Posted on 21/10/2010

Abu Dhabi/London - David Cameron, UK Prime Minister, praised Masdar and the United Arab Emirates government for its role in creating the European Future Energy Forum (EFEF), the annual event that fosters collaboration and dialogue among renewable energy business leaders, industry experts, academics and policy makers. During a video address at the opening ceremony of the second annual forum in London, Cameron said: "Thank you to Masdar and the Government of the United Arab Emirates for creating ...  >>MORE

Masdar jointly hosts VIP dinner at Tower of London

Posted on 21/10/2010

London - Last night, Masdar co-sponsored a VIP reception and dinner at the Tower of London, one of London's oldest and most prestigious landmarks. The exclusive 100-guest dinner - including notable UAE dignitaries - capped off the first day of the European Future Energy Forum, which united some of the world's foremost leaders in the renewable energy and clean technology sectors. The dinner was co-hosted by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development and the UK government's international ...  >>MORE

Masdar CEO opens European Future Energy Forum in London

Posted on 21/10/2010

London - Abu Dhabi strives to be a catalyst for greater international dialogue and collaboration - both public and private - to maximise the effectiveness of the world's response to the challenges of energy security and climate change, said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Masdar CEO '&' Managing Director. Al Jaber was delivering the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the second annual European Future Energy Forum (EFEF) which began in London yesterday. The forum, which will run from 19-21 October ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi and Siemens intensify alliance through a strategic partnership with Masdar

Posted on 20/10/2010

London - Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, and Siemens signed an agreement establishing a long term strategic partnership. Siemens will implement an innovative power grid combined with advanced building technologies in the first phase of Masdar City. This will serve as both an energy efficient power solution and a living R'&'D platform. The partnership also covers collaboration in the field of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) which will involve research and development with the ...  >>MORE

Masdar City Master plan review provides progress update

Posted on 11/10/2010

Masdar City, the emerging global clean technology cluster being built on the outskirts of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, yesterday set out the conclusions a comprehensive review of the sustainable development's master plan. Initiated earlier this year, the review process was intended to update the master plan and take into account market and technology developments since the original strategy for Masdar City was developed in 2006. In particular, the review sought to capture the knowledge gained ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology commences classes within its new campus

Posted on 07/10/2010

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Middle East's first graduate research institution dedicated to alternative energy and environmental technologies, developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has commenced classes within its new campus, the centrepiece of Masdar City. Masdar Institute students are now studying within the 'living lab' research environment of Masdar City and living in one of the world's most advanced building facilities ...  >>MORE

International Conference on Renewable Energy begins in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 27/09/2010

The five-day conference on Renewable Energy being organised by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) and the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) - UK bringing together more than 500 scholars, researchers and experts began in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The conference, held under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), aims to enhance energy supply security without damage ...  >>MORE

Masdar turns up heat in race to harness solar power for cooling

Posted on 26/09/2010

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Government's clean energy company, has become the first in the region to harness the sun's heat to directly power an air conditioner, heralding the advance of a costly technology that could one day play a key role in cooling cities across the Middle East. The activation of a pilot plant at Masdar City, the carbon-neutral development, was announced yesterday shortly after the emirate's electricity utility said it planned to complete its own solar cooling system at an ...  >>MORE

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Masdar Carbon-TriOceanCarbon register CDM project in Egypt under UN Kyoto Protocol


Masdar plan for US$200m pioneering wind farm


The Market @ Masdar City to offer residents glimpse into urban eco-living


Swiss President to address Future Energy policies at EFEF 2011


Masdar sets standards for manufacturing processes


Emirates wins UN carbon credits for reducing emissions


Female leaders to discuss role of women in clean energy revolution during C3E


UAE leads global initiatives to push clean energy transition


James Cameron praises ambitious vision of Masdar city


UAE joins Global Green Growth Institute


Masdar Institute announces Master's degree program in chemical engineering


Masdar Institute selected as the Regional Representative for EU-GCC Clean Energy Network


Masdar to lead Gulf in clean energy network


Spanish Prime Minister hails Abu Dhabi's vision and its leading role in renewable energy sector


Masdar City’s ‘‘One-Stop Shop' advances speed and ease of doing business in Abu Dhabi


Masdar Institute led initiative provides platform to nurture the brightest young talent


Malaysian Prime Minister recognises Masdar as a driving force in development of a global sustainable industry


Masdar Institute completes assessment for Biofuels Production from an Integrated Seawater Agriculture System


Masdar City saves more power than it consumes


MASDAR expands social media efforts to enable global conversation during WFES


Masdar launches Electronic Vehicle Pilot in collaboration with Mitsubishi


Hillary Clinton praises the vision of Masdar


Hillary Clinton: UAE is so well positioned to compete in the 21st century


Arabian Construction Company awarded Dh750 million construction contract


Germany's n-tv: Masdar "city of the future"


Masdar launches START initiative


President of Iceland: The world is looking towards Abu Dhabi to continue to strengthen global dialogue on clean energy future


Mexico President receives brief on Masdar activities


Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus launched


Masdar City plans on track


British politician hails UAE's Masdar initiative


Siemens to open new office in Masdar City


Masdar event showcases innovations in green building and energy efficient design


UK Premier praises Masdar and UAE Government at European Energy Forum


Masdar jointly hosts VIP dinner at Tower of London


Masdar CEO opens European Future Energy Forum in London


Abu Dhabi and Siemens intensify alliance through a strategic partnership with Masdar


Masdar City Master plan review provides progress update


Masdar Institute of Science and Technology commences classes within its new campus


International Conference on Renewable Energy begins in Abu Dhabi


Masdar turns up heat in race to harness solar power for cooling