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Published on March 7th, 2014 | by James Ayre

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Masdar Institute Of Technology Opening New Sustainable Energy Research Center

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March 7th, 2014 by  

Masdar Institute of Technology — the Emirate of Abu Dhabi’s alternative energy and sustainability research-oriented university — recently unveiled plans for the creation of a center for researching sustainable energy enabling technologies.

The facility will be focused on graduate-level research, specifically with regards to the production, storage and efficient use of technology — with the aim for it to contribute to the achievement of Abu Dhabi’s goal of generating 7% of its energy with renewable technologies by the year 2020.

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Masdar City courtyard.
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As per Masdar Institute, the center — dubbed iEnergy — will focus on “knowledge and technologies that would lead to the establishment of the UAE as a global leader in sustainable energy production for supply and distribution as well as efficient use and storage of energy.”

Masdar Institute provides more info:

The center is to be headed by Dr. Jens Ejbye Schmidt, an internationally well-known researcher in the field of bioenergy, and a Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute. It will focus on facilitating research in the areas of sustainable energy production, energy efficiency, advanced materials and biochemicals for energy applications, as well as thermal and electrical energy storage.

Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “The creation of iEnergy reflects our commitment to bring all energy-related research projects under a more focused group. The new center aims to generate knowledge and create technologies required to fulfill the regional and global need to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. With the support of the UAE leadership, we continue to evolve into an institution with the right infrastructure to offer solutions in clean energy. We believe iEnergy will facilitate innovations that will help Abu Dhabi become an energy hub of the future.”

As a focal point for energy-related projects, iEnergy will also work closely with the Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) and the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC). ReCREMA has contributed its resources and knowledge to developing a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources, particularly for developing countries. The SBRC is a non-profit consortium, with Boeing, Etihad and UOP Honeywell as founding members. It is focused on the joint research and advancement of sustainable aviation biofuels.

If you’re interested in learning more about the very interesting city where the Masdar Institute of Technology is based, make sure to check out our CleanTechnica exclusives on the matter, here and here.

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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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