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THE COUNTRY & THE ENVIRONMENT - MASDAR INITIATIVE - ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY

Masdar and IFC seek to join forces on Renewable Energy Investment

Posted on 18/05/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, announced their intention to collaborate on the advancement of clean energy projects. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed yesterday in Washington, D.C., paves the way for the two parties to explore opportunities for the development of large-scale projects including: carbon capture, use and storage; cleantech venture capital and private equity fund ...  >>MORE

Masdar, Ex-Im Bank sign MoU to deploy U.S. clean technology

Posted on 16/05/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable-energy company, and the Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) - the official export credit agency of the United States - yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they will explore opportunities to structure and deploy up to US$2 billion worth of Ex-Im Bank's finance supporting U.S. exports to Masdar's future projects. Under the MoU, the two entities will identify investment opportunities which may facilitate the procurement and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Masdar CEO stresses need for securing energy through diversifying its sources

Posted on 15/05/2013

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, yesterday addressed the Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organisation, which is considered one of the world's leading think tanks. In the lecture, Dr. Al Jaber underscored the important role oil and gas has played in the industrial, economic and social developments that last century witnessed. As an example, he cited the growth the United Arab Emirates has achieved under the directives ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute’s research efforts to drive innovation in UAE

Posted on 14/05/2013

Breakthrough innovations, patents in clean energy and advanced technology, and scientific papers in leading journals and international conferences have given a leading status to Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in driving innovation and R and D in the UAE. A pioneering breakthrough in developing a novel membrane that operates in an ‘in-situ' cleaning system for desalination for which a patent application has been filed has become the most recent innovation announced by researchers at ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute's UAE national students find projects at Taaleem Science Fair highly innovative

Posted on 13/05/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced its three student judges found the participating projects at the first-ever Taaleem Science Fair highly creative and innovative in sustainability and green energy. The three are additionally members of the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, a Masdar Institute outreach initiative. The first Taaleem Science ...  >>MORE

International journal features research of 2 Masdar Institute’s Emirati students

Posted on 09/05/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced that two UAE national female students have published a research paper on sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) in the prestigious ‘The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology'. The paper titled ‘Analysis of interaction between the barriers for the implementation of sustainable supply chain management' is authored by Shaikha Al Zaabi and Noura Al Dhaheri under the guidance of Dr Ali Diabat, an associate professor of ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute to gather nanotechnology experts in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/05/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced leading international experts in nanotechnology will be gathering in Abu Dhabi for a workshop on Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). AFM, one of the primary tools for imaging, measuring, and manipulating matter at the nanoscale, can be used to investigate materials and material properties used in many regionally-relevant ...  >>MORE

Masdar and UK Green Investment Bank Form New Project Investment Alliance

Posted on 02/05/2013

London: Yesterday, Masdar and the UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore project investment opportunities in the UK's clean energy sector. The MoU was signed on the occasion of a state visit to the UK by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at an event hosted by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace. Dignitaries attending the signing included H.H Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute Summer Intern's Research Paper receives international acclaim

Posted on 02/05/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced a scientific research paper based on last year's summer internship project has received international acclaim at a major conference on automotive engineering in Bangkok. The scientific paper titled Effect of Ambient Conditions on the Performance of an Open-cathode PEM Fuel Cell Stack: Case Study United Arab Emirates' ...  >>MORE

UAE Energy Minister stresses role of renewable energy, clean technologies in economic growth

Posted on 24/04/2013

Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy , and senior officials visited Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted renewable energy company, to identify ways the country can reduce its energy demand, adopt renewables and protect its precious hydrocarbon resources. The energy minister also underscored the important role Masdar - through its renewable energy and technology investments - is playing to support the UAE's economic and social prosperity. The energy minister was ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute becomes affiliate of US institute on energy analysis

Posted on 23/04/2013

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced on Monday that it has entered into an agreement with the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) to become an affiliate of the US-based institution. Initially, Masdar and JISEA will collaborate in three areas: water-energy nexus, clean energy policy with focus on the Middle East/North Africa region and energy access in developing countries. The agreement also offers options for expanding the scope of collaboration at a ...  >>MORE

IRENA welcomes the launch of Africa's largest solar PV plant

Posted on 22/04/2013

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) yesterday welcomed the news that the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Africa was inaugurated yesterday by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Masdar, the renewable energy company of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The new facility, located in the capital city of Nouakchott, is the largest solar PV plant in Africa at 15-megawatts. It will account for 10% of Mauritania's energy capacity, displace approximately ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute student’s project gets recognition

Posted on 22/04/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, on Sunday announced that one of its students contributed to a project that has been selected among the top 100 technology projects in the ‘Best of What's New' Award by Popular Science magazine. Alaeddine Mokri, a student and research assistant at Masdar Institute, worked on the project titled ‘Phonesat', that was selected for innovation in aerospace category, for its annual ‘Best of What's New' issue in December 2012. Mokri worked on this project ...  >>MORE

Masdar's CEO receives Mauritania's Order of National Merit Medal

Posted on 21/04/2013

Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf, the Prime Minister of Mauritania, presented Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, with Mauritania's Order of National Merit Medal. This is one of the most prestigious honours given by the President of Mauritania. The medal was presented in appreciation for Masdar's commitment to accelerating the global adoption of renewable energy and sustainable development. "On behalf of the President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, it's with great pleasure to ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute research staff etch silicon wafer for first time in UAE

Posted on 11/04/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced its research staff have etched a silicon wafer for the first time in the UAE, marking the beginning of a new phase in advanced technology learning and innovation. With the etching of silicon wafer, the Masdar Institute Fabrication Facility has entered the operational phase. Etching is used in micro-fabrication to ...  >>MORE

Masdar recognised for Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Posted on 10/04/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, has won the coveted award for "Outstanding Performance in Sustainable Supply Chains" at the Excellence in Category Management '&' Strategic Sourcing Awards, for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. The award is organised by the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing '&' Supply (IIAPS). Masdar was awarded for its commitment to the management of sustainable supply chains that improve strategic sourcing processes that positively ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute papers on health place UAE ‘ahead of advanced countries’

Posted on 28/02/2013

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced on Wednesday that students associated with two of their faculty members presented scientific papers at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2013 in San Francisco. The three papers - two solely led by Masdar Institute faculty and one in collaboration with a faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - signify a new dimension in continuous health monitoring of people with chronic medical ...  >>MORE

Masdar showcases off-grid military energy solutions at International Defence Exhibition and Conference

Posted on 20/02/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, is showcasing some of the world's leading off-grid military energy solutions at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi this week. On display is an off-grid energy saving solution used by forward operating forces in the military called the ZeroBase T-Series Hybrid. The technology reduces fuel consumption and dependency, and ensures remote military operations have access to consistent power supplies - providing a ...  >>MORE

Another first from MI researchers

Posted on 10/02/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) announced on Saturday a pioneering breakthrough by two faculty members in developing a novel membrane that can operate in an ‘in-situ' cleaning system for desalination purposes. The path-breaking innovation — a novel out-of-the-box concept in preventing membrane fouling — firmly places the UAE in the forefront in obtaining clean energy and advanced technology solutions. A patent application has been filed for the new system that is considered ...  >>MORE

Masdar and Moroccan Energy Ministry agree to Framework for Renewable Energy Cooperation

Posted on 21/01/2013

Masdar yesterday announced the signing of a framework agreement with the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco that will enable them to have a thorough cooperation in the field of renewable energy. The agreement was signed during the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a global platform that addressed the future of renewable energy and sustainable development in the Middle East and the world. With ambitious clean energy targets and large solar and ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi IREC unites over 160 countries in call for doubling of world s renewable energy

Posted on 19/01/2013

Over 160 countries on Thursday endorsed the growth of renewable energy in a balanced global energy portfolio and noted the leading role of the UAE and Middle East. In the Declaration of the Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC), ministers called for a doubling of the world s share of renewable energy by 2030 under the leadership of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), capping off three days of discussions among government delegations, business leaders, NGOs, ...  >>MORE

UAE announces its plan to develop National Strategy for Green Growth

Posted on 18/01/2013

The UAE has announced plan to develop its National Strategy for Green Growth within the next nine months in collaboration with the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministries of Environment and Water, the Foreign Affairs and the Global Green Growth Institute through its Abu Dhabi office at Masdar City. Dr. Rashid Ahmad bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, made this announcement during a press conference held on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit, which brought together Lars ...  >>MORE

Masdar launches Renewable Energy Desalination Programme

Posted on 18/01/2013

Masdar yesterday launched a pilot programme to test and develop advanced energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies suitable to be powered by renewable energy sources. The long-term goal of the programme is to implement renewable energy-powered desalination plants in the United Arab Emirates and to have a facility at commercial scale by 2020. The pilot programme is a direct result of a call to action to improve water security made by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al ...  >>MORE

International Water Summit concludes as Masdar launches Renewable Energy Desalination Programme

Posted on 18/01/2013

The International Water Summit 2013 concluded yesterday with Masdar declaring the launch of a pilot programme to test and develop advanced energy-efficient seawater desalination technologies suitable to be powered by renewable energy sources. Coinciding with the World Future Energy Summit held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 15-17 January 2013 in Abu Dhabi, the International Water Summit was hosted by Masdar. The International Water Summit, is a unique new global ...  >>MORE

Masdar signs framework agreement with Jordan to accelerate renewable energy development

Posted on 17/01/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, yesterday signed a framework agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan that will allow for the company to play a prominent role in the development of clean, sustainable energy in the country. The agreement was signed during the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a global platform that addresses the future of renewable energy and sustainable development in the Middle East and the world. In attendance at the summit was Her Majesty Queen ...  >>MORE

ADNOC contributes Dh1m to Masdar Institute's YFEL 2013 Program for 3rd successive year

Posted on 15/01/2013

In line with its continuing commitment to social responsibility, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has contributed Dh1 million for the third consecutive year to the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program, an outreach initiative of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. ADNOC, which has remained a platinum sponsor for the past two years, also becomes a key supporter of the YFEL ...  >>MORE

Masdar to set up green recycling facility in Capital

Posted on 14/01/2013

A new recycling facility will be set up by Abu Dhabi's Centre of Waste Management, with environmental benefits expected across the board. The Materials Recovery Facility, set up by UAE renewable energy company Masdar, will collect recyclable waste from the city and its neighbouring areas. The Centre of Waste Management (CWM) says the facility will be the most energy efficient recycling plant in the UAE, while it says the centre will significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions and the fuel ...  >>MORE

UAE students paint a picture of a green future at Masdar contest

Posted on 14/01/2013

Maitha Sultan Saif Al Nuaimi was one of five winners of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's national student art competition yesterday. Masdar to set up green recycling facility in Capital. The 13-year-old Emirati impressed with a colour drawing of a city powered by renewable energy from Masdar. Lucy Choi Ji Soo, 15, won for his drawing of an hourglass showing renewable energy emerging over time. The three other winners were Madhur Singal's painting, My dream, a green UAE; ...  >>MORE

Masdar releases sustainability report

Posted on 13/01/2013

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, yesterday published its first sustainability report. The report highlights the company's sustainability milestones and provides a benchmark by which to measure future efforts. Masdar developed the report using the internationally recognised sustainability reporting framework from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In accordance with the latest GRI G3.1 guidelines, Masdar has received an A+ rating - the highest grade possible - for its ...  >>MORE

'Eureka moment' gives home a new fuel for the future

Posted on 13/01/2013

A simple suggestion during a standard orientation presentation led to one student's discovery of a potential alternative energy source available in the open deserts of his home emirate of Abu Dhabi. "Dr Robert Baldwin was presenting the subject of algal bio-fuels and their potential in the UAE to the students of a chemical engineering programme when he told us to look for 'green water' in the ocean to find algae," recalls Ahmed Al Harithi, a Masdar Institute second year chemical engineering ...  >>MORE

Zero-emission electric Zerotracer visits Masdar City

Posted on 12/01/2013

An electric-powered motorcycle that can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds - faster than a Porsche 911 - visited Masdar City. Called the Zerotracer, the fully enclosed motorcycle was showcased to students and faculty at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, many of whom are conducting research on electric vehicles and other sustainable transportation technologies, according to a press release by Masdar. The Zerotracer is designed by the Swiss engineering company Designwerk. ...  >>MORE

Masdar's International Blogging Contest winner announced

Posted on 08/01/2013

A post, entitled "Demystifying the Water-Energy Nexus," submitted by Dallas Blaney, a professor of public and environmental affairs at the University of Wisconsin in the United States, was the winner of an international blogging contest initiated by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, to drive international discussion about the interconnected water and energy challenges facing communities around the world. The contest received more than 70 entries and engaged thousands of readers as ...  >>MORE

Green jobs expo to debut in UAE

Posted on 06/01/2013

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on Saturday announced that the first-ever Green Jobs Fair in the UAE will be held during the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013. Organised in collaboration with Reed Exhibitions, the inaugural Green Jobs Fair at WFES 2013 is dedicated exclusively to the renewable and sustainable energy sector, and will offer job-seekers an opportunity to connect with potential employers at WFES 2013. The forthcoming World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Masdar seeks to harvest dwindling phosphorous

Posted on 06/01/2013

As mankind continues to mine the Earth's natural resources, scientists are desperately hunting alternatives. Sustainable and renewable fuels are part of that. But there is another natural resource that is even more depleted and whose absence would have repercussions at least as grave for modern life: phosphorus. The element is critical to all forms of life. It helps living things turn nutrients into energy, and is an essential component of DNA. It is in our electronics, our matchsticks and ...  >>MORE

Emirati student from Masdar Institute researching system to safeguard Arabian Gulf waters

Posted on 27/12/2012

An Emirati student from the Masdar Institute is researching on a project that looks to treat and purify ballast water, which is considered an especially big problem in the Arabian Gulf, due to the high tanker traffic it hosts. Talal Al Hajri is currently focusing his thesis research on a project that looks to treat and purify ballast water, which is considered an especially big problem in the Arabian Gulf, due to the high tanker traffic it hosts. It is estimated that 20% of oil traded in the ...  >>MORE

FNC member pledges US$1-million to Masdar Institute's YFEL Program

Posted on 25/12/2012

Masdar Institute of Science of Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced Sultan bin Rashed Al Dhaheri, member of the Federal National Council and the Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Economic Council, has once again reiterated his support to the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) program with a contribution of one million US dollars. An agreement was signed by Sultan bin Rashed Al ...  >>MORE

UAE to harvest freshwater from fog

Posted on 24/12/2012

Preventing deadly road accidents and flight delays during foggy weather is a major concern in the UAE. Apart from addressing that concern, a real-time fog detection and monitoring tool being developed in the UAE will generate freshwater from fog. No time was set to implement the project, but serious research started yesterday. The research is progressing at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi in collaboration with the National Research Foundation (NRF) to derive twin ...  >>MORE

UAE believes in adoption of a comprehensive and balanced Energy Mix, says Masdar's Director of Sustainability

Posted on 17/12/2012

Masdar's Director of Sustainability, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany has stressed that UAE believes in the adoption of a comprehensive and balanced Energy Mix covering different sources of energy, including renewable, traditional hydrocarbons and nuclear. "For the UAE, a commitment in advancing renewables and clean technology is an investment in our long-term future, reinforcing our economy with knowledge capital. This is a strategic sector that is playing a role in the diversification of our local ...  >>MORE

Turbine installation complete at London Array

Posted on 16/12/2012

London: London Array announced that the 175th and last turbine at the first 630MW phase of the London Array Offshore Wind Farm has been installed, marking the end of major construction activities. Turbine installation began in January 2012 and has been completed by MPI Discovery, A2SEA's Sea Worker and Sea Jack. With all turbines in place and 55 connected and supplying power to the national grid, the wind farm is on track to be fully operational in Spring 2013. The wind farm has been ...  >>MORE

Masdar opens world of possibilities to UAE students on open day

Posted on 09/12/2012

A strong emphasis on research and good job prospects were two main attractions at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, students said yesterday. Those studying at several of the country's universities, including the federal Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) and the private Ajman University of Science and Technology, visited the facility's open day yesterday. Masdar Institute, which only takes students at master's and PhD level, is one of the few in the country focused on research, ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute to keep large scale wind parks connected during severe fault conditions

Posted on 22/11/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, yesterday announced faculty and students from the Electrical Power Engineering (EPE) programme have filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademarks Office. The technology that could be applied in wind energy will support the grid with shunt and series compensation to mitigate voltage dips, which are caused by grid faults or severe disturbances. The technology presents a new configuration and transient management scheme that achieves ...  >>MORE

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Masdar and IFC seek to join forces on Renewable Energy Investment


Masdar, Ex-Im Bank sign MoU to deploy U.S. clean technology


Abu Dhabi's Masdar CEO stresses need for securing energy through diversifying its sources


Masdar Institute’s research efforts to drive innovation in UAE


Masdar Institute's UAE national students find projects at Taaleem Science Fair highly innovative


International journal features research of 2 Masdar Institute’s Emirati students


Masdar Institute to gather nanotechnology experts in Abu Dhabi


Masdar and UK Green Investment Bank Form New Project Investment Alliance


Masdar Institute Summer Intern's Research Paper receives international acclaim


UAE Energy Minister stresses role of renewable energy, clean technologies in economic growth


Masdar Institute becomes affiliate of US institute on energy analysis


IRENA welcomes the launch of Africa's largest solar PV plant


Masdar Institute student’s project gets recognition


Masdar's CEO receives Mauritania's Order of National Merit Medal


Masdar Institute research staff etch silicon wafer for first time in UAE


Masdar recognised for Sustainable Supply Chain Management


Masdar Institute papers on health place UAE ‘ahead of advanced countries’


Masdar showcases off-grid military energy solutions at International Defence Exhibition and Conference


Another first from MI researchers


Masdar and Moroccan Energy Ministry agree to Framework for Renewable Energy Cooperation


Abu Dhabi IREC unites over 160 countries in call for doubling of world s renewable energy


UAE announces its plan to develop National Strategy for Green Growth


Masdar launches Renewable Energy Desalination Programme


International Water Summit concludes as Masdar launches Renewable Energy Desalination Programme


Masdar signs framework agreement with Jordan to accelerate renewable energy development


ADNOC contributes Dh1m to Masdar Institute's YFEL 2013 Program for 3rd successive year


Masdar to set up green recycling facility in Capital


UAE students paint a picture of a green future at Masdar contest


Masdar releases sustainability report


'Eureka moment' gives home a new fuel for the future


Zero-emission electric Zerotracer visits Masdar City


Masdar's International Blogging Contest winner announced


Green jobs expo to debut in UAE


Abu Dhabi's Masdar seeks to harvest dwindling phosphorous


Emirati student from Masdar Institute researching system to safeguard Arabian Gulf waters


FNC member pledges US$1-million to Masdar Institute's YFEL Program


UAE to harvest freshwater from fog


UAE believes in adoption of a comprehensive and balanced Energy Mix, says Masdar's Director of Sustainability


Turbine installation complete at London Array


Masdar opens world of possibilities to UAE students on open day


Masdar Institute to keep large scale wind parks connected during severe fault conditions