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Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar Resource Mapping For The Middle East (CT Exclusive Video)

April 9th, 2014 by  


Continuing my return to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week*, here’s another video I’ve been stingily holding on to. Basically, folks from Masdar Institute, IRENA, and other organizations are working on some solar resource mapping for countries in the Middle East (initially, for the UAE; now, for Saudi Arabia). Some initial solar resource mapping has been done for countries around the world by institutes in the US (like NREL) and Europe, but that mapping didn’t perfectly account for the unique desert conditions of the Middle East. The solar resource mapping underway currently, discussed a bit in the video, is resulting in estimates of solar potential that are much closer to reality.

Just watch the video. It doesn’t bite.

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*My trip to Abu Dhabi for Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week was covered my Masdar. That said, I was not required to write about or film anything and I’ve only covered stories that I found especially interesting. 
 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.



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