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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

Masdar honoured as the first recipient of the Leadership in New Energy Award

Posted on 18/11/2012

Masdar,Abu Dhabi s multifaceted renewable energy company, was honoured as the recipient of the inaugural Award for Leadership in New Energy an industry recognition created by the Energy Intelligence Group, a leading news and analysis organisation. The award recognises companies working to diversify the energy mix to integrate cleaner, more sustainable sources of power. The award was presented in London at a conference held by Energy Intelligence and the International Herald Tribune. ...  >>MORE

Masdar's Mauritania solar project underscores commitment to UN Sustainable Energy for All

Posted on 03/11/2012

Masdar's latest renewable energy project, a 15-megawatt solar installation in Mauritania, underscores the company's ongoing commitment to the United Nations' Year of Sustainable Energy For All - a global initiative announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 2012 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Sustainable Energy For All was created to mobilize actions in support of three key objectives: universal access to modern energy services; double the global rate of improvement in ...  >>MORE

Soil sediments of microbes from Abu Dhabi's mangroves collected by Masdar team

Posted on 01/11/2012

A team of faculty and students of Masdar Institute have successfully collected soil sediments that are closely associated with roots of mangrove trees in Abu Dhabi for novel enzymes, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, announced yesterday. The mangrove ecosystem in the UAE is unique, characterised by higher than average salinities and temperatures that may be tolerable to ...  >>MORE

With Masdar partnership: World's biggest offshore wind farm begins to produce power

Posted on 30/10/2012

London: E.ON - Masdar alliance announced that the wind turbines of the London Array project began to rotate and generate electricity on Monday. UAE's Masdar owns 20pc of the London Array, the world's largest offshore wind farm situated 20 kilometres off the east coast of Britain. London Array project has a 630MW power generation capacity and once fully operational will boast 870 MW capacity. The first 151 wind turbines of the London Array project became operational on Monday and the ...  >>MORE

Masdar Leads Discussion on Clean Technology at Asia Future Energy Forum in Singapore

Posted on 27/10/2012

Masdar this week led talks on renewable energy and clean technology in Singapore. The Asia Future Energy Forum and Exhibition, in association with Masdar, addressed the Asian market's latest energy-related challenges and solutions. The event provided a forum for government and business leaders across the world to collaborate on opportunities for sustainable development. "The Asia Future Energy Forum is an extension of the World Future Energy Summit, the annual meeting in Abu Dhabi that we hold ...  >>MORE

United Arab Emirates chosen council member of Global Green Growth Institute

Posted on 27/10/2012

Seoul: The United Arab Emirates was unanimously chosen to the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) foundational Council, the international organization's executive organ, as part of the Institute's high-profile formal establishment and inaugural ceremony today in Seoul. GGGI is the world's newest multilateral organization and a pioneer of the "green growth" economic model recently endorsed as a key development approach at the United Nations Rio+20 Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs' ...  >>MORE

Masdar set to develop 15MW solar plant in Mauritania

Posted on 24/10/2012

Masdar announced on Tuesday the development of a 15-megawatt solar power project in Nouakchott, the capital city of Mauritania, which will be able to deliver 10 per cent of electricity capacity in the country. The project is the first utility-scale solar power installation in Mauritania. Masdar is a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi, which has major power projects around the world. "Mauritania has some of the highest levels of solar radiation in the world, making it an ideal place ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid attends opening of WEF 2012 – declares Oct 22 as World Energy Day

Posted on 23/10/2012

The Dubai World Energy Forum (WEF) kicked off yesterday at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) under the patronage of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum In his opening statement on behalf of the UAE, H. H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy ruler of Dubai, welcomed the UAE guests and thanked them for accepting the invitation to participate in this global event which is held for the first time outside ...  >>MORE

Construction begins on Masdar and International Renewable Energy Agency Headquarters Complex

Posted on 22/10/2012

Masdar yesterday announced the awarding of the design and construction contract for its new headquarters complex, which will also house the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The headquarters will be one of the most advanced, sustainable multi-use complexes in the United Arab Emirates. It will be the cornerstone of Masdar City - the special economic zone, clean-technology cluster and low-carbon city in Abu Dhabi. Completion is set for summer of 2014. The Masdar and IRENA ...  >>MORE

Zayed Future Energy Prize jury members visit Masdar's Shams 1 Solar Power Station

Posted on 21/10/2012

Jury members of the Zayed Future Energy Prize including Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, president of Iceland, Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Republic of the Maldives, and Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, minister of energy for South Africa, toured Shams 1 - the 100 megawatt Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) facility in the Western region of Abu Dhabi. The largest CSP plant in the Middle East and North Africa when commissioned later this year, Shams 1 will offset nearly 175,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute gaining status in attracting talented faculty from across the world

Posted on 17/10/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced it has graduallys gained status as a UAE organisation that attracts professionals and faculty from across the world, similar to other globally-acclaimed institutions. Dr. Amer Al Hinai from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman is currently spending his sabbatical leave as a visiting Assistant Professor in the ...  >>MORE

Jet fuel crop plan in Abu Dhabi ready for take-off

Posted on 08/10/2012

An agricultural project aimed at producing sustainable jet fuel from plants is a step closer to taking off. Scientists at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology hope to acquire 200 hectares of land they need to set up a demonstration farm in Abu Dhabi. "Once we get it, we can start producing aviation biofuels," said Dr Jonathan Jed Brown, the director of the Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System Project at Masdar. The institute, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Urban ...  >>MORE

Masdar CEO stresses importance of energy diversification as a catalyst for security and peace

Posted on 30/09/2012

Yesterday, Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar and United Arab Emirates Special (UAE) Envoy for Energy and Climate Change, addressed members of the International Peace Institute (IPI) - a New York-based independent, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting the prevention and settlement of conflicts by strengthening international peace and security institutions. Climate change, energy access and their impact on national and international security, is a key focus of IPI. The ...  >>MORE

Masdar company gets ‘Energy Business Leader of the Year’ honour

Posted on 27/09/2012

The Masdar company has been recognised as "Energy Company of the Year,” and honoured with "Energy Business Leader of the Year” distinction during the first-ever Gulf Business Industry Awards. The awards underscore Masdar's commitment to maintaining Abu Dhabi's leadership position in the evolving energy market and the company's critical role in helping the emirate move from a resource-based economy to the one based on knowledge and innovation. The awards are the GCC's benchmark for ...  >>MORE

Masdar in tie-up to design cost-efficient micro-grid

Posted on 17/09/2012

A new public-private partnership will pilot a cutting-edge micro-grid powered by 100 per cent renewable electricity in Abu Dhabi. Global Green Growth Institute, an intergovernmental organisation committed to promoting green growth in the developing world, on Sunday announced it is joining hands with Masdar Institute (MI) and the Research Institute for Industrial Science and Technology (RIST) in Pohang, South Korea, to design a robust and cost-efficient micro-grid operating on 100 per cent ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to observe sustainability week from January 13 to 17

Posted on 12/09/2012

Masdar, for the first time, will be discussing energy, water and hunger issues under one umbrella during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) from January 13 to 17, it said on Tuesday. Earlier this year, during the Rio +20 Earth Summit in Brazil, it had announced its plans to organise the ADSW. Offering further details, Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber said: "The week builds on the momentum created at the Rio+20, particularly in advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which ...  >>MORE

World attention drawn to green UAE

Posted on 04/09/2012

With an estimated project value worth US$183 billion and one of the fastest growing rail markets in the world, the Middle East and North Africa region presents itself as the ideal ground for its talented youth to contribute towards creating sustainable and intelligent transportation systems. It is no wonder then that students of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and members of its outreach programme Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) are exploring different ways to effectively ...  >>MORE

After landmark year, Masdar on consolidation path

Posted on 04/09/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has announced it will continue to build on last year's landmark success in the coming academic year. During the last academic year, Masdar Institute filed for one provisional patent with several more patents in line for filing, while its faculty members and students presented a record number of papers at major international conferences and reviewed more than 200 journal submissions. Moreover, top officials were accorded special rankings and status ...  >>MORE

Masdar to serve as lead sponsor for World Energy Forum 2012

Posted on 30/08/2012

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted renewable energy company, announced that it will be one of the lead sponsors of World Energy Forum 2012 to be held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 22 to 24, 2012. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: "Masdar is committed to supporting all efforts aimed at strengthening the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) position in the energy sector, particularly in relation to renewable energy. World leaders and ...  >>MORE

Masdar research degree to let UAE students keep their day jobs

Posted on 15/08/2012

From next month, students will be able to obtain research degrees at the Masdar Institute while keeping their day jobs in industry. They will be studying a master's degree aimed at professionals who would otherwise be unable to further their studies. The first students will be from Emirates Aluminium (Emal) and Mubadala's aerospace arm Strata, but the institute hopes other industries will eventually follow. Each student will research an area of interest to their employer in fields such as ...  >>MORE

Stanford student conducts Advanced Research in Solar Technology at Masdar Institute

Posted on 06/08/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, yesterday announced that a student from Stanford University in the US has conducted advanced research in solar technology under a six-week internship program. A Saudi national, Samar Alqatari is an Engineering Physics student with a focus on Renewable Energy at Stanford. As a research assistant, Alqatari has spent the summer in the Nano Electronics and Photonics Lab (NEP) of Dr Ammar Nayfeh and at the lab of Dr Matteo Chiesa. She has been conducting ...  >>MORE

Masdar City installs first rapid charger in Middle East

Posted on 31/07/2012

Masdar City, has installed the Middle East's first rapid charging station in collaboration with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (MHI), as part of its on-going efforts to promote sustainable transportation and serve as a test bed for cutting edge development in clean and sustainable technology. The pilot project aims to assess how efficiently the rapid charger technology will function in the region's harsh climatic conditions. The CHAdeMO-certified Rapid Charger (EFACEC, EV QC) is a high ...  >>MORE

Masdar role in advancing solar tech at symposium in Australia highlighted

Posted on 30/07/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced on Sunday that one of its faculty provided an overview of the Institute's role in addressing the challenges to deploy solar technologies in the UAE where the industry is taking its initial steps. Dr Matteo Chiesa, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, presented the Australian scientific community with details on the research in solar energy being conducted at the Laboratory for Energy and Nano Science ...  >>MORE

National students find Masdar’s outreach initiative revelatory

Posted on 29/07/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced on Saturday that its Ektashif outreach initiative has proved to be a true "eye-opener” to the participating students on its overall programme and research offerings. A total of 10 UAE national undergraduate engineering and science students completed their course as the first-ever Ektashif programme concluded successfully recently. Sultan Al Obaidli, a participant, said: "The Ektashif experience surpassed my expectations. I learnt about ...  >>MORE

New aspects to clean energy use

Posted on 26/07/2012

Subjects such as energy conservation, sustainability or renewable sources of energy are nothing new to the students of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. But the Practical Experience Programme at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in Boston, offered the students from Abu Dhabi a totally new dimension to applying their knowledge in clean energy technologies. Take, for example, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - a new tool for energy mapping project that integrates ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute's summer internship program to display projects on completion

Posted on 17/07/2012

Students participating in the research-based summer internship program continue to find their knowledge pursuit into clean energy a delightfully intense and rewarding experience at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. The summer internship program at Masdar Institute commenced from 1 July and will continue for six-weeks. A total of 16 UAE national university seniors and/or ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute gearing up to commission region's first Cleanroom Lab

Posted on 11/07/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it is gearing up to begin operations at the region's first cleanroom laboratory by the end of this year. As part of the preparations, three faculty members and four students from Masdar Institute participated in the Second International Workshop on Cleanroom Training for Critical and Sustainable Technologies' program ...  >>MORE

Five Masdar students learn from Japan's sustainability concepts

Posted on 04/07/2012

Each of the five students from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology currently visiting Japan has a different research subject and their internship is being offered by four major corporations in Japan. But they have one objective - learn the benefits of sustainability from all walks of life. Four weeks into the internship, they have been captivated by the Japanese people who give importance to politeness, hospitality, respectful approach, harmony with others, hard work, punctuality, ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute student wins award at Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics 2012 in Kuala Lumpur

Posted on 27/06/2012

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, yesterday announced a research paper co-authored by one of its students has won the 'Best Paper Award' at the Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics (PAISI) 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first-ever paper by Mustafa Amir Faisal, a Computing and Information Science student at Masdar Institute, was selected ...  >>MORE

UAE announces "Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week" at Rio+20

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - To continue international dialogue on sustainable development taking place at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the United Arab Emirates has announced the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which will be held between January 13 - 17, 2013. "Through the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, we are providing numerous platforms of dialogue that will address sustainable development. ADSW will be held in continuation of the commendable efforts ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to sustainable development: Sheikha Lubna

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - UAE Minister of Foreign Trade Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi said the UAE had made great progress in diversifying the base of economy, with oil and gas production, while still very important, now accounts for only about a third of GDP. Addressing a session of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, which ended yesterday, Sheikha Lubna underlined UAE's commitment to sustainable development which shapes the country's domestic policy as well ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Jaber: Immediate action needed for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development

Posted on 24/06/2012

Sao Paolo, Brazil - UAE Special Envoy to Energy and Climate Change Affairs and COE of Masdar Dr. Sultan Al Jaber has stressed the importance of taking immediate action for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development and meeting the needs of the future through the adoption of a diverse energy mix. In an interview given to the Brazilian newspaper 'Estado do Sao Paolo' on the fringes of the Rio+20 Summit, Al Jaber said that Even though the UAE has significantly large hydrocarbon ...  >>MORE

UAE signs agreement to convert Korea's Green Growth Institute into int'l organisation at Rio + 20

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement to convert the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) from a Korean Foundation to an international organisation, which will now include the membership of 17 countries from around the world. The event took place on the sidelines of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which has held in-depth discussions on the concept of green economy as one of the mechanisms to ...  >>MORE

UAE provides insight on "Black Gold and the Green Economy" at Rio+20 Summit

Posted on 24/06/2012

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - The United Arab Emirates, in partnership with the Kingdom of Norway, tonight will hosted the official United Nations side event, "Black Gold and the Green Economy: Hydrocarbon Exporters' Perspectives," at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Both the UAE and Norway have emerged as vocal champions of clean energy and green growth through national policy and overseas development assistance, while remaining two of the world's largest and most ...  >>MORE

Masdar Institute, IRENA and stakeholders officially release UAE Solar Atlas at Rio 20 Earth Summit

Posted on 21/06/2012

Rio De Janeiro-Brazil - Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and other collaboration partners yesterday jointly announced the official commissioning of the UAE Solar Atlas. The beta version of the Atlas was released earlier in April 2012. The data on solar energy will be freely available online from early 2013 and can be accessed by government organisations or private enterprises for assessing the technical ...  >>MORE

Masdar to present solar energy atlas at Rio +20

Posted on 19/06/2012

A solar power atlas for the world's hot and sunny regions will be presented by Masdar at the Rio + 20, the United Nations conference on sustainable development starting in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. During the ongoing preparatory meetings taking place just before the conference, Dr Taha Ouarda, Deputy Director of the UAE Research Centre for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar Institute, talked about one of the centre's latest projects, the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind ...  >>MORE

Masdar hosts CDP carbon reporting awareness sessions in the UAE

Posted on 10/06/2012

In a bid to highlight carbon management opportunities and risks, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has held two events to raise awareness about its carbon reporting programmes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in collaboration with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted renewable energy company, and PwC, the world's largest professional services firm, recently. CDP is an independent, non-for-profit organisation working to drive reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encourage sustainable water ...  >>MORE

UAE advocates sustainable future for All at UN Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO+20

Posted on 09/06/2012

As the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development prepares to convene next week in Brazil, the United Arab Emirates delegation will be actively participating in both the negotiations toward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Secretary-General's signature effort Sustainable Development for All. Delegates representing entities across the UAE work collectively to share the nation's vision for a green economy and commitment to sustainable growth. Directorate of Energy and ...  >>MORE

Masdar dean declared fellow of US society

Posted on 07/06/2012

Affiliations to international professional organisations have significant positive impact in helping the faculty in academic institutions to advance professionally and raise performance benchmarks. More specifically, they bring honour to the country they represent, according to Dr Marwan Khraisheh, dean of Engineering at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. Dr Khraisheh, who has been officially declared a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), has become one of ...  >>MORE

Masdar CEO named United Nations' 'Champion of the Earth'

Posted on 06/06/2012

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted renewable energy company, has received this year's United Nations' Champions of the Earth award. Organised by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the award seeks to honour individuals whose actions and leadership have made a far-reaching positive impact on the environment. The award is a precursor to the United Arab Emirates' participation at the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Earth ...  >>MORE

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


Masdar honoured as the first recipient of the Leadership in New Energy Award


Masdar's Mauritania solar project underscores commitment to UN Sustainable Energy for All


Soil sediments of microbes from Abu Dhabi's mangroves collected by Masdar team


With Masdar partnership: World's biggest offshore wind farm begins to produce power


Masdar Leads Discussion on Clean Technology at Asia Future Energy Forum in Singapore


United Arab Emirates chosen council member of Global Green Growth Institute


Masdar set to develop 15MW solar plant in Mauritania


Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid attends opening of WEF 2012 – declares Oct 22 as World Energy Day


Construction begins on Masdar and International Renewable Energy Agency Headquarters Complex


Zayed Future Energy Prize jury members visit Masdar's Shams 1 Solar Power Station


Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute gaining status in attracting talented faculty from across the world


Jet fuel crop plan in Abu Dhabi ready for take-off


Masdar CEO stresses importance of energy diversification as a catalyst for security and peace


Masdar company gets ‘Energy Business Leader of the Year’ honour


Masdar in tie-up to design cost-efficient micro-grid


Abu Dhabi to observe sustainability week from January 13 to 17


World attention drawn to green UAE


After landmark year, Masdar on consolidation path


Masdar to serve as lead sponsor for World Energy Forum 2012


Masdar research degree to let UAE students keep their day jobs


Stanford student conducts Advanced Research in Solar Technology at Masdar Institute


Masdar City installs first rapid charger in Middle East


Masdar role in advancing solar tech at symposium in Australia highlighted


National students find Masdar’s outreach initiative revelatory


New aspects to clean energy use


Masdar Institute's summer internship program to display projects on completion


Masdar Institute gearing up to commission region's first Cleanroom Lab


Five Masdar students learn from Japan's sustainability concepts


Masdar Institute student wins award at Pacific Asia Workshop on Intelligence and Security Informatics 2012 in Kuala Lumpur


UAE announces "Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week" at Rio+20


UAE committed to sustainable development: Sheikha Lubna


Sultan Al Jaber: Immediate action needed for securing energy supplies towards sustainable development


UAE signs agreement to convert Korea's Green Growth Institute into int'l organisation at Rio + 20


UAE provides insight on "Black Gold and the Green Economy" at Rio+20 Summit


Masdar Institute, IRENA and stakeholders officially release UAE Solar Atlas at Rio 20 Earth Summit


Masdar to present solar energy atlas at Rio +20


Masdar hosts CDP carbon reporting awareness sessions in the UAE


UAE advocates sustainable future for All at UN Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO+20


Masdar dean declared fellow of US society


Masdar CEO named United Nations' 'Champion of the Earth'