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Old December 13th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #121
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A whole bunch of renderings from Masdar i found in full resolution.























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Old December 13th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #122
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Old December 14th, 2009, 12:25 PM   #123
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Really good recent video of Masdar City. More done than I expected.

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Old December 14th, 2009, 12:37 PM   #124
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Amazing! Thanks for the pics and video guys.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 07:11 PM   #125
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A Norwegian newspaper just reports that Masdar City has been cancelled.

In detail it sais that they will go ahead with one small commercial part of the project, but it won't be a zero carbon and zero waste project anymore, the technology is just not there yet. The financial situation is been blamed the most. Financing the project is not a problem, but few people have any interest in moving into the city as it is now.

Sad news...
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 08:43 PM   #126
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A Norwegian newspaper just reports that Masdar City has been cancelled.

In detail it sais that they will go ahead with one small commercial part of the project, but it won't be a zero carbon and zero waste project anymore, the technology is just not there yet. The financial situation is been blamed the most. Financing the project is not a problem, but few people have any interest in moving into the city as it is now.

Sad news...
This is not true.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 08:52 PM   #127
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Teknisk Ukeblad article (Norwegian)
Cancel gigantic environmental project
- The carbon neutral city of Masdar City will not be built, said the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikhdom Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates would invest 22 billion to build Masdar City. The city, which was designed by the renowned British architect Lord Norman Foster, was driven solely by energy from solar, wind and waste.

Sun, wind and waste
82 percent of energy needs should be collected from solar energy, one percent from wind power and the remaining 17 percent would come from the composted food waste.

The city should be free of cars, and water consumption would be half of current consumption in Abu Dhabi. The first reason the work of the new Masdar City commenced in February, and it should have been completed in 2016.

But now, reports the Norwegian Embassy in Abu Dhabi that the company Masdar finally collected by the financial realities and that it will not be set aside 20-22 billion as previously announced.

- The plans shelved
In a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Petroleum and Energy writes Special Envoy Gunnar Gjerde that one now sees that it will be possible to get 50 000 people to settle in the city in the wake of the financial crisis.

- In the future it might happen, but not by 2016. There is thus a slower development pace of Masdar city, and one concentrating now on development of the commercial section, it says in the letter.

Gjerde also affirm that the city will not be carbon neutral.

- They have also come to realize that the city will not be able to be carb-neutral. There is simply no technology that allows it. Based on this insight change, therefore the strategy, and would rather focus on selected technologies and do not go as wide as previously thought. One thinks also that the technologies to be applied in Abu Dhabi in general, and not just isolated to Masdar city, he writes.

Huge construction project
The project is now shelved had unusual dimensions. Six square miles of desert sand 30 kilometer outside the city of Abu Dhabi would be the construction site the next six years.

The city was 50 000 people and 1,500 small businesses and large multinational corporations to keep, and not from any point in the city should be more than 200 feet to a station for electric trains. The large energy company Masdar would also use CO2 capture as compensation for the CO2 emissions that occurred during the construction. In his speech writing Gjerde that there are many opportunities for Norwegian companies in renewable energy in Abu Dhabi.

But it may still be some opportunities in smart solutions for electricity networks, energy efficiency, solar cell production and carbon capture.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 12:59 AM   #128
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I've seen many sad things because of the crisis but this one is the sadest of all. This was more than juist a 'building project'...
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Old January 4th, 2010, 09:25 PM   #129
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A Norwegian newspaper just reports that Masdar City has been cancelled.
There is an article in The National today about Masdar City. Nothing about cancellation is mentioned. But it does say the final completion date of 2016 has been "discarded" and that the first phase will be completed in 2013.

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs....701049908/1005
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Old January 5th, 2010, 12:41 AM   #130
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There is an article in The National today about Masdar City. Nothing about cancellation is mentioned. But it does say the final completion date of 2016 has been "discarded" and that the first phase will be completed in 2013.

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs....701049908/1005

first of all look at the construction stage they have built alot already
and they have the head quorters for the renewable energy so i dont see why they would cancel this
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:26 PM   #131
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A Norwegian newspaper just reports that Masdar City has been cancelled.

In detail it sais that they will go ahead with one small commercial part of the project, but it won't be a zero carbon and zero waste project anymore, the technology is just not there yet. The financial situation is been blamed the most. Financing the project is not a problem, but few people have any interest in moving into the city as it is now.

Sad news...
You seem to be contradicting with these two sentences.BTW I don't believe this project has been cancelled.I own a Green Financial services firm to be setup at Masdar and we haven't been notified or sent any circular regarding the cancellation.If there is a cancellation,the investors will be the first to know.This is an Abu Dhabi government project,not a private developer from Dubai.
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #132
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its all very strange, how could a newspaper like that report such a thing when it seems the reality is completely different. I am disappointed in them!
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #133
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no worries,I'm gonna give them a call tomorrow to find out what's happening.Will let you guys know then.Hopefully it's just miscommunication or some editing fault.Let's see.Cheers
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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #134
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yes good.

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Old January 5th, 2010, 04:47 PM   #135
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:23 PM   #136
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Guys relax Masdar City has not been cancelled but the final completion date has been extended to 2020.However,the core which contains the RERA,University and Residential/Commercial divisions are on track for 2013.The reason being the technical viability of some of the technologies that are being developed.So I hope that clears things up
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #137
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good, i guess the new completion date has confused the newspaper making it say it was cancelled, since they did say a part of the project will be completed (i guess they were aiming to RERA).
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Old January 17th, 2010, 11:23 PM   #138
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Masdar City sets its pod cars in motion

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* Last Updated: January 17. 2010 11:53PM UAE / January 17. 2010 7:53PM GMT

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Government’s clean energy firm, gave a sneak preview yesterday of what life will be like in its groundbreaking carbon-neutral city when the first residents move in later this year.

Underneath the jumble of cranes and scores of construction workers, the narrow, shaded streets around the Masdar Institute are taking shape, with futuristic electric pod cars already up and running.

Students and faculty will start work in the science labs in May and move into 100 apartments in June.

Residents will be encouraged to walk as much as possible on Masdar City’s narrow streets, which resemble the twisting back alleys of an old Arab city. The city is built on a platform 7.5 metres off the ground to create space for the transit system and storage space underneath.

“As soon as you remove the car, you start getting to the traditional ways of cooling the climate,” said Austin Relton, a partner at Foster and Partners, the city’s architect.

When the heat becomes too much to bear, residents can descend to air-conditioned transit stations on the ground and board small, driverless cars to one of several surrounding stops.

The cars are perhaps the most futuristic element of the city. By the middle of this year, 10 of the vehicles will be moving passengers from the city’s car park. Three additional vehicles will move freight.

The cars follow pre-programmed routes and are guided by magnetic sensors buried in the concrete floor, said Masara Alameri, the department manager for urban planning.

“It’s been specifically designed for Masdar City,” she said. “It’s more like a taxi on demand.”

The vehicles move at a top speed of only 40kph, with no trip expected to take more than two to three minutes, Ms Alameri said. Two stations are working so far, with two more scheduled to open.

The Institute will be completed this year, allowing builders to turn their attention to the mix of adjacent residential and commercial developments, said Muir Livingstone, of Foster and Partners. The next developments include three office buildings, 200 apartments and 18 townhouses, he said.

Sameer Abu Zaid, the infrastructure manager for power generation, said Masdar plans to increase the capacity of the city’s on-site solar panels by 20 per cent. This boost in output will make sure the energy fuelling the project’s rapid construction still comes from renewable sources.

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Old January 18th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #139
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UAE fully committed to Irena's success


We all know that we have to pursue the search for clear energy solutions Sheikh Abdullah, Foreign Minister. (SUPPLIED)





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Wam on Monday, January 18, 2010

The admission of 139 signatories to the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) membership in its first year demonstrates the true international commitment to adopt renewable energy, Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said yesterday.

"Today, the world has an international agency that is dedicated to diversify the use of renewable energy. The agency will seek to deliver support to the world for paving the way for sustainable use of renewable energy," Sheikh Abdullah told the the third session of the Preparatory Commission for the agency hosted by Abu Dhabi yesterday.

"Irena will widen the scale of using this energy across the world. It all also consider available options of investment and technology in renewable energy applications," he said.



http://www.business24-7.ae/Articles/...52f5e2c81.aspx
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First looks at Masdar City


Finally, we have some visual updates on Masdar City, the planned carbon-neutral development near Abu Dhabi airport. The company hosted a tour of the site yesterday to drum up interest in the project during this week's Future Energy Summit.

All photos courtesy of Chris Stanton, one of The National's energy reporters.







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