Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar’s perseverance despite overwhelming criticism in its early phases. A subsidiary of the government owned Mubadala, Masdar has several branches, which includes Masdar City just outside of the capital, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which is fast becoming a state of the art learning institute with ties to MIT in the United States, Masdar Capital, and Masdar Clean Energy.
While Masdar has yet to achieve zero waste or zero energy, consider these fast facts: the rooftop panels satisfy 30% of the program’s energy requirement, while the gap is filled up by an on-site 10MW photovoltaic plant. Given that the overall load currently stands at just 2-3MW, Masdar is generating far more energy than it requires. The rest is fed into the national grid. 96 percent of the construction waste has been recycled. Concrete is crushed and used for roads, wood is shredded and used as mulch and new uses are found for aluminum and steel as well. Energy consumption is moderated by a sophisticated smart system that has (in tandem with specially-designed facades and passive design) reduced energy loads by 50 percent. Masdar’s cooling load is 40 percent lower than a comparable building.
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