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Green Giants ======================================================================== © Masdar City

The UAE is home of some of the world’s most renowned renewable energy projects. Masdar City is probably the most famous green urban development worldwide today. The 1,483-acre project in Abu Dhabi aims to be the first zero-carbon, zero-waste city powered by renewable energy. Initiated in 2006, the project is scheduled for completion in 2025. The city will be home to approximately 40,000 residents and 1,500 companies. The genius of Masdar is how it marries 21st century engineering with traditional desert architecture. Unlike the upward and outward sprawl of Dubai or Abu Dhabi, Masdar will be compact like ancient Arab cities. Streets are narrow so buildings shade each other. Renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, wind farms, geothermal energy, and a hydrogen power plant will power the city. Transportation is provided by personal and public mass

transit systems combined with other electric vehicles. Today, Masdar City has become a global hub for clean technology and renewable energy where global businesses showcase, market, fund, research, develop, test, and implement their new technologies. UAE is also home to some of the world’s largest solar power plants. Shams 1 is one of the biggest concentrated solar power plants in the world. It covers 2.5 km², has 100 MW capacity and a solar field consisting of 768 parabolic trough collectors to generate clean, renewable electricity, whilst offsetting approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 annually. Concentrated solar power (CSP) generates electricity from the heat of the sun rather than sunlight as used by solar photovoltaic technology. The Masdar City Solar Plant is a 10 MW photovoltaic (PV) power plant that was inaugurated at Masdar City in June 2009. The facility provides electricity for the construction of Masdar City. Excess power is fed into the Abu Dhabi

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grid. The facility produces around 17,500 MWh of clean electricity annually and offsets 15,000 tons of carbon emissions per year. The plant consists of 87,780 multi-crystalline and thin film modules. Today, the plant is the largest of its kind in the Middle East but an even larger PV project is already in the pipeline: Noor 1 will be a 100 MW PV plant. In addition to its mega projects, the UAE have also become a popular place to try out new technologies in extreme environmental conditions. Since November 2011, a French startup, has been conducting tests on drinking water production near Abu Dhabi. A WMS1000 wind turbine converts humidity from thin desert air into drinkable water. It has been able to collect an average of more than 62 liters of water an hour with an average humidity rate of 45 per cent and an average temperature of 24°C surpassing the quality standard required by the World Health Organization.

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