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Abu Dhabi's World Future Energy Summit gains support of global business community

Posted on 05/01/2010

The World Future Energy Summit has gained the support of some of the world's leading businesses, who are joining Masdar and Abu Dhabi in demonstrating their commitment to developing a sustainable future energy supply, as Abu Dhabi's position as a global hub for renewable energy grows. Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-billion dollar cooperative future energy initiative, the Summit has attracted sponsorship from Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors, the principal sponsor for the 2010 event. ...  >>MORE

Strong Chinese presence at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 04/01/2010

More than 40 world leading renewable energy companies from China have confirmed their participation in the World Future Energy Summit which is now in its third year and will be held from 18-21 January 2010, in Abu Dhabi, with a particularly strong level of participation from the solar energy sector. The Chinese pavilion has already grown to more than 1,000 square meters, according to a press release by Reed Exhibition, organisers of the 3rd edition of the World Future Energy Summit which ...  >>MORE

Masdar to work on technology with Koreans

Posted on 29/12/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's clean-energy firm, will seek collaboration with South Korean companies and research institutes as the emirate hired a Korean consortium to build four nuclear power stations in a US$20 billion (Dh73.46bn) deal. The collaboration effort follows the agreement between the Abu Dhabi Government investment company Mubadala and the South Korean ministry of knowledge economy to promote joint projects between Masdar and Korean renewable energy and sustainable technology companies. ...  >>MORE

Masdar US$15 billion green investment on track, says CEO

Posted on 26/12/2009

Abu Dhabi's state-owned green energy firm Masdar said its plans to invest US$15 billion in renewable energy ventures had not been derailed by global economic conditions. "All of our investments and projects have been carefully developed, carefully managed and carefully financed so we are really not exposed in order for the economic downturn in general to affect us that much,” said Masdar Chief Executive Sultan Al Jaber said in an interview with Reuters. "I can comfortably tell you that ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi emerging as hub for renewable energy and climate change

Posted on 23/12/2009

Renewable energy policy makers, government officials, business leaders, technologists, financiers and academics will come together in Abu Dhabi during the week of January 16-23, 2010 for Abu Dhabi Future Energy Week, a unique series of events focused on the advancement of renewable energy and developing practical solutions to mitigating climate change. A number of international business and inter-governmental events will take place during the week, including the third session of the ...  >>MORE

Masdar in Dh12b contracts to build world's largest offshore wind farm

Posted on 16/12/2009

Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar have said six major supply and installation contracts for London Array have now been signed, paving the way for construction of the world's largest offshore wind farm. "Contracts totalling almost two billion Euros (Dh12 billion) have been agreed with seven European suppliers, which will be responsible for providing the components and expertise needed to construct the first 630-megawatt phase of the project," the consortium said in a statement. Offshore work is ...  >>MORE

UAE-backed proposal to use UN funds for carbon capturing faces a key test

Posted on 09/12/2009

The UAE's agenda at the global climate-change talks faces a key test this week as negotiators debate a proposal to steer UN-administered funding to the development of technology to capture carbon emissions for storage underground. Analysts say the idea is likely to fail in the face of strong opposition from Brazil and influential experts who say global warming is best fought with more renewable energy. Gathered in Copenhagen on the second day of a summit conference on climate change, ...  >>MORE

Masdar, ISFOC to carry out solar technology feasibility study at Masdar City

Posted on 25/11/2009

Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, and Instituto De Sistemas Fotovoltaicos de Concentracion S.A. (ISFOC), have signed a consultancy agreement to test and study concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technologies under Abu Dhabi's environmental conditions. The study will be carried out with the support of the Government of Spain which yesterday extended a 2007 memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Abu Dhabi that calls for technical cooperation ...  >>MORE

Masdar will help secure energy, development of human resources and combat climate change: Sultan Al Jaber

Posted on 23/11/2009

HE Dr. Sultan Al Jaber CEO of Masdar has described the Masdar as highly strategic initiative that will help all sectors of UAE economy besides, maintaining the position of Abu Dhabi. "The project will help economy, uphold Abu Dhabi position, usher in technological development and sustain human capital", he said while in an interaction session here with the foreign media invited by the National Media Council (NMC) on the occasion of 38th UAE National Day. He added that Abu Dhabi is ...  >>MORE

Masdar awards two contracts for tests of solar technology

Posted on 09/11/2009

Masdar, the clean energy firm owned by the Abu Dhabi Government, has awarded contracts to deploy a new type of costly but highly efficient solar technology that could become the leading source of renewable energy in the country. The firm has awarded two contracts in a project to build at least 1 megawatt (mw) of concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) at Masdar City, the zero-carbon development at the edge of the capital, according to the winning bidders. Masdar is testing a number of solar ...  >>MORE

Masdar and Seychelles government assess wind power project in Mahe Island

Posted on 29/10/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted future energy initiative wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company, and the Seychelles Government announced they will be carrying out a wind resource assessment study for the proposed wind power project on the island of Mahe. The study comes as part of a collaborative agreement signed by the two parties in January 2009 to develop renewable energy in the Seychelles. Studies undertaken by the Parties since the beginning of the year continue to suggest ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi showcases its US$22 billion "Green City" initiative

Posted on 22/10/2009

Rome - Abu Dhabi Future Energy (Masdar) has put on show its initiative to build the world's first Green City dubbed "Masdar City" at a total cost of US$22 billion. The initiative was unveiled to senior officials from member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Italy and members of the media fraternity who participated in the renewable energy forum held here yesterday. The forum was part of a GCC Week being held here in the Italian capital and is scheduled to last until October 22. ...  >>MORE

Masdar City draws praise from UN

Posted on 13/10/2009

New York - Urban planners at the UN have praised Abu Dhabi's Dh55 billion (US$15bn) Masdar City project as a model for environmentally friendly construction that could help mitigate the effects of climate change. Speaking at the launch of UN Habitat's Global Report on Human Settlements 2009: Planning Sustainable Cities, officials said the capital's novel eco-city melded the most important elements of green design. "It brings together all the trends we are talking about … renewable energy, ...  >>MORE

Masdar set to study potential of saltwater biofuel plants

Posted on 11/10/2009

The sun-baked coastline of Abu Dhabi is not on most lists as a new hub of the biofuels industry. The Masdar Institute is hoping the region's next big renewable fuel source will be grown with an unconventional input: seawater. In a one-year study funded by Boeing, the aircraft maker, and Honeywell UOP, the fuels producer, Masdar will look at producing fuel from the oil of salicornia, a small green plant that grows in saltwater. The plant could allow Abu Dhabi and ...  >>MORE

Masdar City and GE partner on a first-of-its-kind smart appliance pilot program

Posted on 05/10/2009

Masdar City and GE Consumer '&' Industrial announced today a landmark pilot program that will investigate the reduction of peak power demand through the use of smart home appliances. Involving some of the first residents of Masdar City - the world's first carbon neutral, zero waste city being built in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi - the program will test how GE smart (or Demand Response enabled) appliances and Home Energy Manager (HEM) can lower power demand in the home and across the city. GE ...  >>MORE

Masdar seeks US$600m to fund city in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 28/09/2009

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi state renewable-energy company, said it is considering plans to raise as much as US$600 million (Dh2.2 billion) to fund the construction of the first phase of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. "Masdar is seeking financing in the range of us$300 million to us$600 million over a period of seven years from the first quarter of 2010," the company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday. Masdar City, currently in its first phase of construction, is approximately 30km from downtown ...  >>MORE

Green university set to promote renewable and sustainable energy

Posted on 05/09/2009

With the capital set to launch its Masdar initiative, the way people consume energy could drastically change as the city takes pioneering steps toward tackling climate change. Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) is set to be at the core of Masdar City, the world's first zero carbon footprint city, as it gears up to start the first phase of its activities this month. Masdar City will also be home to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) headquarters located near the ...  >>MORE

Fraunhofer to develop partnership in Sustainable Cities Research in Masdar City

Posted on 28/06/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi faceted renewable energy initiative, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), has partnered with one of the world's leading applied research organisations, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, to develop a Sustainable Cities Research Centre in Masdar City. Masdar City, currently under construction, will be the world's first carbon-neutral, zero-waste city completely powered by renewable energy. The city is the most ambitious sustainable ...  >>MORE

London Array project to go ahead

Posted on 13/05/2009

Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, have yesterday announced that they will invest €2.2 billion (Dh11bn) in building the first 630MW phase of the London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary. Once complete, the scheme will be the world's largest, and the first 1GW, offshore wind farm. The project will supply enough power for around 750,000 homes – or a quarter of Greater London homes – and displace the emission of 1.9 million ...  >>MORE

United Arab Emirates submits official bid to host headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency

Posted on 05/05/2009

The UAE has officially submitted its bid to host the interim and eventual permanent seat of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi, a move that is aligned with the UAEs' clear commitment towards the development of renewable energy. The UAE will compete with three European countries to host the IRENA HQ, marking the only submission from a developing country. If the UAE is successful in its bid, this will be the first time a major international agency is located in the developing ...  >>MORE

Masdar partners with Al Falah Ready Mix to develop low carbon concrete for Masdar City

Posted on 28/04/2009

Masdar City, the property development arm of the Masdar Initiative, announced that it has entered into a unique partnership with Al Falah Ready Mix, a subsidiary of Al Falah Holding, to develop low carbon concrete to supply the two million cubic meters of concrete required to build the initial phases of Masdar City. Masdar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), is a multifaceted initiative that includes the development of Masdar City, the world's first carbon ...  >>MORE

Pilot project aims to prove a point

Posted on 16/04/2009

The skeptics said it could not be done – that the wind in the UAE did not blow hard enough to generate electricity. Sharjah's Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has set out to debunk that theory with an experimental project that taps the power of the wind and is expected to produce enough clean energy to meet the demands of a small building in the authority's compound in Halwan. The UAE's first wind-driven electricity generating system operates with a little help from an element in ...  >>MORE

Masdar, Etihad Airways partner to promote sustainability

Posted on 14/04/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted future energy initiative, and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, yesterday signed an agreement to cooperate across a range of activities to reduce the airline's carbon footprint through sustainable and energy efficient measures. This is as part of Abu Dhabi's ongoing effort to implement innovative sustainability solutions. 'Etihad's partnership with Masdar is a demonstration of Abu Dhabi's commitment to environmental ...  >>MORE

Masdar takes vision of clean energy to European forum

Posted on 16/03/2009

The chief executive officer of Masdar has announced the company will attend a three-day European Energy Forum in Bilbao, Spain, between June 9 and 11. The chief executive of Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company), said yesterday as a testament to Abu Dhabi and Masdar's ongoing commitment to the renewable energy sector, the company will, in collaboration with Turret Middle East, attend the forum. "Based on the direction of our visionary leadership, and due to the overwhelming success of ...  >>MORE

Jaber Energy wins US$1.6bn Masdar contract

Posted on 10/02/2009

Al Jaber Energy Services, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi-based Al Jaber Group, has won a US$1.6 billion (Dh5.8bn) infrastructure contract for the Abu Dhabi Energy Future Company (Masdar). The three-year contract will involve infrastructure development of phase one of the Masdar city infrastructure. The company is also one of the five consortiums that are in the race for the Dh10 billion contract for the construction of Al Ghuwaifat international road. Fatima Obaid Al Jaber, Chief Operating ...  >>MORE

UAE signs statute establishing the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA

Posted on 27/01/2009

The United Arab Emirates signed yesterday a statute that establishes the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan signed the agreement during the founding conference in Bonn, Germany. Addressing the conference Sheikh Abdullah stressed that Abu Dhabi is considered an ideal place to host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in view of the fact that the Masdar City in Abu Dhabi enjoys all the ...  >>MORE

Tony Blair: current economic woes no excuse for inaction on climate change

Posted on 22/01/2009

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday described the World Future Energy Summit (WFES 2009) in Abu Dhabi as a "remarkable" and "extraordinary" event which now is established as the premier energy summit of the world. The Summit comes also at a remarkable time, remarked Blair in his speech at the closing session of the World Future Energy Summit 2009. Because the climate "does not distinguish between the different places of origin of the emissions.”Action - even according to ...  >>MORE

Masdar commits to the global carbon capture and storage institute

Posted on 22/01/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted future energy initiative, yesterday signed an MOU at the World Future Energy Summit in the presence of Her Excellency, Quentin Bryce, Governor General of Australia, to become a founding member of the Australian Government's flagship Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI). The Institute will be administered and funded by the Australian Government and is an important global initiative that aims to facilitate the development and deployment of carbon ...  >>MORE

Masdar to pursue carbon reduction projects in Nigeria

Posted on 22/01/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted future energy initiative wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday reached agreement to identify and develop carbon emissions reduction projects in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). "This strategic partnership reflects our commitment to develop projects that promote sustainable growth in the oil and gas industry on a global ...  >>MORE

Siemens in talks with Masdar for Tech Fund 2 stake

Posted on 22/01/2009

Germany's Siemens is negotiating with Masdar for a stake in Clean Tech Fund 2 that is being developed to invest in international technology companies. The company already has a stake in US$250 million (Dh919m) Masdar Clean Tech Fund 1, which was established in November 2006 in partnership with Credit Suisse, Consensus Business Group and Siemens. "We are in Masdar Clean Tech 1 with a stake of US$25m. We are innovation collaborator in the fund and help select the kind of technologies they go ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute teams up with MIT

Posted on 21/01/2009

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative as a founding public member. The Masdar Institute said the collaboration will support research and development of alternative and renewable energy technologies and solutions, as well as provide new opportunities to help meet the world's need for sustainable energy supplies and practices. "The Masdar Institute is excited to be deepening its relationship with MIT by joining ...  >>MORE

Masdar and GE announce world's first Ecomagination Centre at Masdar City

Posted on 21/01/2009

Masdar announced yesterday that GE will be an anchor partner in the Masdar City. In a joint Masdar-GE agreement, the two companies outlined plans to house a new Ecomagination Centre, focused on sustainable business solutions and to form a broader R'&'D relationship that will support the development and deployment of new and innovative technologies. This centre is part of a multi-faceted strategic partnership signed by Mubadala and GE in July 2008. Masdar City, currently under construction, ...  >>MORE

UAE, Switzerland sign energy pact

Posted on 21/01/2009

Emirati and Swiss students will work together in a renewable energy research initiative, thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed between the two countries on Monday, Switzerland Ambassador told Gulf News on Tuesday. "The MoU was signed by Dr Rashid Ahmad Bin Fahd - Minister of Environment and Water and Moritz Leuenberger, Swiss Minister for Environment, Energy and Transport, in Abu Dhabi," said Wolfgang Amadeus Bruelhart, the ambassador. "The major feature of the MoU is the ...  >>MORE

US$2 billion hydrogen-fuelled power plant in Abu Dhabi
to commence operations in 2013, says BP official

Posted on 21/01/2009

BP Plc and partners are still conducting engineering and design work for their planned US$2 billion hydrogen-fuelled power plant in Abu Dhabi and expect the facility to start in 2013. The plant will generate 420 megawatts of electricity, BP's President of Middle East and South Asia Steve Peacock said in an interview in Dubai. The partners previously said design work would be completed last year and the facility would produce 500 megawatts. Abu Dhabi, holder of more than eight per cent of the ...  >>MORE

World Future Energy Summit 2009 kicks off in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 20/01/2009

The World Future Energy Summit 2009 kicked off yesterday in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Elite speakers at the opening ceremony of the 3-day event included Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, MASDAR, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange, The Netherlands, James Alix Michel, President, Republic of Seychelles, Matthias ...  >>MORE

Masdar set to capitalise on international adoption of renewable energy

Posted on 20/01/2009

Masdar Chief Executive Dr. Sultan Al Jaber announced yesterday that Masdar, a multi-faceted future energy initiative wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company, is well-positioned to capitalize on the "undeniable momentum and long term viability" of renewable energy technology in his keynote speech at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Dr. Al Jaber acknowledged the recent global economic downturn in his opening ceremony address, but said that the renewable energy sector ...  >>MORE

MASDAR and ADNOC sign cooperation agreement to reduce carbon emission

Posted on 19/01/2009

Masdar and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed today a framework agreement to develop a series of ground-breaking projects to reduce carbon emissions from Abu Dhabi's oil and gas facilities and monetize the emission reduction under the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). Masdar is driven by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (ADFEC), a wholly owned company of the government of Abu Dhabi through the Mubadala Development Company. The partnership will represent a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi commits to 7 per cent renewable energy target by 2020

Posted on 19/01/2009

Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Government of Abu Dhabi has announced a commitment that by 2020, renewable energy sources will account for at least seven percent of the Emirate's total power generation capacity. The Emirate's renewable energy target is a key element of the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi aspires to become global hub of renewable energy

Posted on 18/01/2009

Abu Dhabi's forays into the alternative energy sector are part of a well-chalked out plan to make the emirate a global hub of renewable energy, and are organically linked to its strategy of building world-class and competitive economy. This was stated by the Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, the CEO of Masdar Initiative — a multi-faceted initiative launched by the UAE in April 2006 for advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and ...  >>MORE

Masdar constructs first grid-connected photovol plant in the MENA region

Posted on 16/01/2009

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi faceted alternative energy initiative, today announced that construction of the first and largest grid-connected solar photovoltaic plant in the Middle East and North Africa region is underway. The solar power plant will initially generate clean electricity to support the ongoing construction activities of Masdar City and later will be the power provider for the Masdar Institute, which opens in late 2009. The state-of-the-art PV plant will also supply smart clean ...  >>MORE

Masdar, TDIC sign agreement on sustainable energy, water solutions on Bani Yas Island

Posted on 15/01/2009

The Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Masdar announced a partnership agreement with Masdar to jointly develop and implement sustainable energy and water solutions on Abu Dhabi's newest environmental based -tourism destination, Sir Bani Yas Island, one of eight natural islands which make up Desert Islands. Accordingly, Masdar develop sustainable water and energy solutions on Sir Bani Yas Island where the new nature-based destination offshore Abu Dhabi's Al Gharbia (Western Region) - ...  >>MORE

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Abu Dhabi's World Future Energy Summit gains support of global business community


Strong Chinese presence at World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi


Masdar to work on technology with Koreans


Masdar US$15 billion green investment on track, says CEO


Abu Dhabi emerging as hub for renewable energy and climate change


Masdar in Dh12b contracts to build world's largest offshore wind farm


UAE-backed proposal to use UN funds for carbon capturing faces a key test


Masdar, ISFOC to carry out solar technology feasibility study at Masdar City


Masdar will help secure energy, development of human resources and combat climate change: Sultan Al Jaber


Masdar awards two contracts for tests of solar technology


Masdar and Seychelles government assess wind power project in Mahe Island


Abu Dhabi showcases its US$22 billion "Green City" initiative


Masdar City draws praise from UN


Masdar set to study potential of saltwater biofuel plants


Masdar City and GE partner on a first-of-its-kind smart appliance pilot program


Masdar seeks US$600m to fund city in Abu Dhabi


Green university set to promote renewable and sustainable energy


Fraunhofer to develop partnership in Sustainable Cities Research in Masdar City


London Array project to go ahead


United Arab Emirates submits official bid to host headquarters of International Renewable Energy Agency


Masdar partners with Al Falah Ready Mix to develop low carbon concrete for Masdar City


Pilot project aims to prove a point


Masdar, Etihad Airways partner to promote sustainability


Masdar takes vision of clean energy to European forum


Jaber Energy wins US$1.6bn Masdar contract


UAE signs statute establishing the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA


Tony Blair: current economic woes no excuse for inaction on climate change


Masdar commits to the global carbon capture and storage institute


Masdar to pursue carbon reduction projects in Nigeria


Siemens in talks with Masdar for Tech Fund 2 stake


Masdar Institute teams up with MIT


Masdar and GE announce world's first Ecomagination Centre at Masdar City


UAE, Switzerland sign energy pact


US$2 billion hydrogen-fuelled power plant in Abu Dhabi
to commence operations in 2013, says BP official


World Future Energy Summit 2009 kicks off in Abu Dhabi


Masdar set to capitalise on international adoption of renewable energy


MASDAR and ADNOC sign cooperation agreement to reduce carbon emission


Abu Dhabi commits to 7 per cent renewable energy target by 2020


Abu Dhabi aspires to become global hub of renewable energy


Masdar constructs first grid-connected photovol plant in the MENA region


Masdar, TDIC sign agreement on sustainable energy, water solutions on Bani Yas Island