Abu Dhabi's hub for sustainability, innovation and R&D
As a hub for sustainability and innovation, Masdar City is actively developing programmes to advance the sustainability of the city's buildings, businesses and urban form.
Long-term initiatives include sustainable power solutions, the expansion of green spaces, improvements to the environmental performance of buildings, mobility programmes and the promotion of sustainable urban agriculture.
Bustani: The Bustani Smart Home Farming Showcase was unveiled at the Eco-Villa prototype in Masdar City in January 2019, where emerging farming solutions are being displayed alongside educational materials explaining sustainable agriculture, food security and affordable ways to grow more food at home.
Air-to-water: Masdar is collaborating with Zero Mass Water to turn water vapour into drinking water through an innovative device called SOURCE. The self-contained device makes, mineralises and delivers drinking water by extracting water vapour from the air using fans and absorbent materials, before collecting it in a reservoir and treating it with minerals.
Solar panels: Renewable energy, together with energy efficiency, form the cornerstone of Masdar City’s sustainable development. A 10-megawatt (MW) solar array and rooftop panels with a combined capacity of 1MW provide clean power to the city. The plant produces 17,500MWh of electricity and displaces 7,350 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
Containers: Masdar City’s Tech Park includes an eco-friendly cluster of offices made from recycled shipping containers. The eco-friendly and durable containers, measuring 12.2 metres long by 2.4 metres wide, offer an excellent solution to Masdar City’s need to accommodate a growing working population – which has reached over 4,000 – while maintaining its commitment to low-carbon, economically viable sustainable development. Recycled shipping containers meet Masdar City’s strict sustainability standards, having significantly lower embodied energy costs than regular offices.
Environmental Building Performance
Building materials: Buildings are hungry consumers of energy and resources. In the Middle East, they account for up to 80 per cent of the total electricity generated. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), building-related power demand is expected to jump 70 per cent worldwide by 2050, underscoring the pressing need to improve building performance and efficiency.
NAVYA: At ADSW 2018, Masdar announced autonomous vehicle producer NAVYA as the winner of a global competition to expand the next phase of the mobility network of Masdar City. NAVYA is a pioneer and specialist in the autonomous vehicle market and their Autonom Shuttle vehicle is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip.
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