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Old February 20th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #1
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#PROJECT: MASDAR CITY

Masdar, the State-controlled Abu Dhabi Future Energy, has announced it would cost $22billion to develop a "no-carbon" urban district, which it plans in the UAE.

The Masdar City, located on the edge of Abu Dhabi, will house 50,000 people and 1500 businesses on completion, although no cars will be allowed.


The Masdar CEO, Sultan Al-Jaber, when speaking on the occasion of ground-breaking ceremony, told to the press, that Abu Dhabi, being the world's fifth largest oil exporter, will invest $4billion of equity in the project, and borrow some of the rest.

He added, that the company plans to monetize all carbon emission reductions, and such an innovative financing has never been applied on the scale of entire city. The license to emit the carbon, which Masdar City will not produce, will be sold, and the money will be utilized to fund the development.

http://www.masdaruae.com



Masdar City will be built in seven phases, including educational and research institutes, laboratories and production facilities for new advanced energy products. Masdar City will require a quarter of the typical power-generating capacity, needed for a small-size community. The water needs of the city will be 60% lesser, said the company.
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The "No Carbon" Urban district
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in same day approved same day ground work news lol

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi breaks ground

Masdar City in Abu Dhabi breaks ground: The ground-breaking ceremony on Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city located by Abu Dhabi International Airport, was marked by the laying of a virtual cornerstone by HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and a visually stunning production depicting life in the city. A total budget of $22 billion has been announced for this real estate development.

Dr. Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar City, said, “We are creating a city where residents and commuters will live the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint. Masdar City will become the world’s hub for future energy. By taking sustainable development and living to a new level, it will lead the world in understanding how all future cities should be built”.

Highlights of Masdar City

- Masdar City will save equivalent of more than $2 billion in oil over the next 25 years (based on today’s energy prices)

- 75% reduction in installed power capacity; Masdar City will require approximately 200 MW of installed clean power versus more than 800 MW of installed capacity to power a similar city based on conventional design

- Masdar City will require around 8,000 m3 per day of desalinated water while traditional cities require more than 20,000 m3 per day

- Landfill area is severely diminished as Masdar City will need virtually no landfill area
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Futuristic Masdar City - Phase 1 ready before 2010

Abu Dhabi's futuristic Masdar City - Phase 1 ready before 2010: The chief executive of Masdar, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Adfec), said yesterday that phase one of the proposed Masdar City, a six square kilometre development, fully powered by renewable energy, would be ready before 2010.

"The city is located next to the Abu Dhabi airport and we are targeting completion of phase one of the project by the end of the fourth quarter of 2009," Sultan Al Jaber told in Abu Dhabi.

He declined to say how much it would cost to build the city and how much has already been invested in the project. "We have an unlimited budget for renewable energy projects," said Al Jaber.

Special Free Zone

Talking about other projects, Al Jaber said the Masdar Special Free Zone (SFZ) will promote synergy between academic resources, research facilities, industry, the financial community, entrepreneurs and family businesses.

The zone will provide up to 1,500 companies with an attractive package of incentives, including a one-stop-shop programme of government services, transparent laws, 100 per cent foreign ownership, tax-free environment and intellectual property protection.

The zone will also offer proximity to manufacturers, suppliers and markets.

Masdar intends to leverage elsewhere the knowledge gained in developing the SFZ with a minimum carbon footprint, by building other sustainable communities. Adfec is a private joint stock company established and wholly-owned by Mubadala Development Company.

Adfec drives the Masdar Initiative, a multi-billion dollar, multi-faceted response to the need for a global focus on the development of advanced energies and sustainability-related technologies. The Masdar initiative was launched by General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces in 2006.

Masdar is designed to ensure that Abu Dhabi grows its share of the global energy market by fostering the development and commercialisation of advanced and innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies for a cleaner, safer environment and future.

Partnerships

Masdar has partnered with the world's most prominent companies, educational institutions and investment firms to advance a global energy strategy and promote utilisation of sustainable resources.

Masdar is comprised of six strategically designed and focused units: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Masdar Research Network, Innovation and Investment, Special Projects, Carbon Management and Masdar Zone Development.
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Old February 23rd, 2008, 12:44 AM   #5
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'Green' light for Chicago design

Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture won an international competition to design one of the largest buildings in the world that aims to generate more energy each day than it consumes.

The firm was picked to design the 1.4 million-square-foot headquarters complex for a $22 billion development called Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. Announcement of the award is scheduled for Friday.The headquarters -- a mix of offices, condominiums and retail space that will cost about $300 million to construct -- will serve as the centerpiece for the 64.5 million-square-foot car-free city that will strive not to pollute the environment.

The headquarters complex will produce about 3 percent more energy than it consumes each day and "will have far-reaching influence on the buildings of tomorrow," said Adrian Smith, a longtime partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP who started his own firm just over a year ago.
"Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture share our vision," said developer Sultan Al Jaber, chief executive of Masdar, a unit of the government sponsored Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. Their building was chosen because its "net positive energy design and new innovations will reflect our mission of developing sustainable future energy solutions," Al Jaber noted.

"We are creating a city where residents and commuters will have the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint," he added.

Other finalists included noted architects such as Norman Foster, who designed the Masdar City master plan, and the firm led by Helmut Jahn. SOM/New York dropped out of the race.

Masdar City is scheduled to be built in seven phases and be completed in 2016, with room for 50,000 residents and 30,000 daily commuters. It will strive to use design, technology and natural surroundings to produce more energy each day than it consumes.

Phase One will include the headquarters and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate school launched in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dedicated to renewable energy. After the school opens next year its students and professors will research and develop ways to limit the world's dependence on fossil fuels.
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Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture won an international competition to design one of the largest buildings in the world that aims to generate more energy each day than it consumes.

The firm was picked to design the 1.4 million-square-foot headquarters complex for a $22 billion development called Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. Announcement of the award is scheduled for Friday.The headquarters -- a mix of offices, condominiums and retail space that will cost about $300 million to construct -- will serve as the centerpiece for the 64.5 million-square-foot car-free city that will strive not to pollute the environment.

The headquarters complex will produce about 3 percent more energy than it consumes each day and "will have far-reaching influence on the buildings of tomorrow," said Adrian Smith, a longtime partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP who started his own firm just over a year ago.
"Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture share our vision," said developer Sultan Al Jaber, chief executive of Masdar, a unit of the government sponsored Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co. Their building was chosen because its "net positive energy design and new innovations will reflect our mission of developing sustainable future energy solutions," Al Jaber noted.

"We are creating a city where residents and commuters will have the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint," he added.

Other finalists included noted architects such as Norman Foster, who designed the Masdar City master plan, and the firm led by Helmut Jahn. SOM/New York dropped out of the race.

Masdar City is scheduled to be built in seven phases and be completed in 2016, with room for 50,000 residents and 30,000 daily commuters. It will strive to use design, technology and natural surroundings to produce more energy each day than it consumes.

Phase One will include the headquarters and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate school launched in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and dedicated to renewable energy. After the school opens next year its students and professors will research and develop ways to limit the world's dependence on fossil fuels.
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It is interesting to see that Mr. Adrian Smith left SOM (after 4 decades) to start his own firm.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Smith_(architect))

He is the person behind the design of "Burj Dubai"........and one of the main persons behind Chicago's Sears Tower.
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yeah, he wasnt 1 of the main persons behind the sears tower. he was the main person behind the sears tower new section. which was a new tower on the podium. and it was going to be use for hotel, etc
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Masdar City will have no cars. It will be served by a network of approx. 26 miles of automated personal rapid transit (PRT) vehicles that will run along corridors connected at the second story of the buildings in the city. There will be stops approximately every block and a half so people - at the furthest, will be less than a block (or less than about 400 feet) from their final destination. At each stop, they will go directly inside the particular building and continue walking to their destination indoors. This is to help reduce the time they would be out in the daytime heat. The design of the buildings will help keep direct sunlight and its heat off of the streets. The lowest 'street" level will be narrow walking corridors, with the PRT level above it. An express transit system with links to light rail corridors going to other areas around Masdar City will operate at a third floor level. It will not be as extensive as the second level PRT system. Because of this PRT system, no autos will operate inside the city. The area of this city is not very large - being approximately 1.5 square miles - or a square that is a little more than one mile on each side. I believe the plans are to have about 50,000 people living there, with a day time population -including additional students and employees, of around 80,000.
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Masdar receives clean tech leader of the year award

The Masdar Initiative, Abu Dhabi’s investment in developing future energy solutions, was named the ‘Cleantech Leader of the Year’ at the Cleantech Forum’s Cleantech Awards in San Francisco, California, USA. The prestigious recognition was bestowed on the initiative for contributing credibility and resources to the cleantech industry.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, received the award on behalf of Masdar at the Cleantech Forum Gala Dinner, which was attended by more than 900 global leaders in clean technology. “Masdar is developing and investing in innovative solutions for the world’s increasing demand for future energies,” Dr. Al Jaber said. “We are honored by this gesture of trust and confidence, as success in the development of technologies in renewable and sustainable energies a mission of the Masdar Initiative will only come from true cooperation and collaboration with our peers in the industry.”

Earlier this month, Masdar broke ground on Masdar City, the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city, where all of its programmes will be centrally located. The 6.5-square kilometre district, growing eventually to 1,500 businesses and 50,000 residents, will be home to international business and top minds in the field of sustainable and alternative energy.
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Foster + Partners has a plan for the walled city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi that will make it the world’s first zero-carbon and zero-waste city - creating a ‘green’ desert oasis.

A development sponsored by Abu Dhabi’s Future Energy Company, the city will be a 6 square km walled plan - powered by a photovoltaic power plant, wind farms, and research fields & plantations [creating an entirely self sustaining city]. The city will also be car free - creating some kind of tram system for the residents.


“The environmental ambitions of the Masdar Initiative – zero carbon and waste free – are a world first. They have provided us with a challenging design brief that promises to question conventional urban wisdom at a fundamental level. Masdar promises to set new benchmarks for the sustainable city of the future.” [Norman Foster]


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Masdar Headquarters to Be Located in World's First 'Positive Energy' Mixed-Use Building




Masdar Headquarters to Be Located in World's First 'Positive Energy' Mixed-Use
Building
Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture win global
competition to design Masdar's headquarters in first zero-carbon, zero-waste
city

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Masdar announced
today that it has chosen Chicago architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill
Architecture (AS+GG) to design its headquarters in Abu Dhabi's Masdar City,
the world's first zero-carbon, zero-waste city fully powered by renewable
energy. The headquarters will be the world's first large-scale, mixed-use
"positive energy" building, producing more energy than it consumes. In
addition to being the location of Masdar Headquarters, the building will
accommodate private residences and 'early bird' businesses starting up in the
city.
Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, said AS+GG is internationally
recognized for high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable
architecture. "We know Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture share our
vision for Masdar's headquarters. This building is at the heart of Masdar
City, and its net positive energy design and new innovations will reflect our
mission of developing sustainable future energy solutions."
AS+GG teamed with Chicago-based MEP engineers Environmental Systems Design
and structural engineers Thornton Tomasetti on the design, which includes
numerous systems that will generate a surplus of the building's energy,
eliminate carbon emissions and reduce liquid and solid waste. The complex will
utilize sustainable materials and feature integrated wind turbines, outdoor
air quality monitors and one of the world's largest building-integrated solar
energy arrays. Compared with typical mixed-use buildings of the same size, the
Headquarters will consume 70 percent less water.
"In line with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Development Plan, Masdar is choosing to
emphasize sustainability over height. We hope and expect this will set a new
direction for worldwide competition in sustainable design," Dr. Al Jaber
continued.
In addition to being the first mixed-use net positive energy building in
the world, AS+GG's Masdar Headquarters will:
-- Be the lowest energy consumer per square meter for a modern class A
office building in an extremely hot and humid climate
-- Feature one of the world's largest building-integrated photovoltaic
arrays
-- Employ the largest solar thermal driven cooling and dehumidification
system
-- Be the first building in history to generate power for its own
assembly, through development of its solar roof pier before the
underlying complex


"We're thrilled to be working on a project of this importance and
magnitude. Masdar Headquarters is one of the most significant developments of
our time," said Adrian Smith, partner, AS+GG. "As a positive energy complex,
the project will have a far-reaching influence on the buildings of tomorrow."
"Masdar Headquarters will set a new paradigm for the way buildings are
designed, constructed and inhabited," said Gordon Gill, partner, AS+GG. "The
project represents the perfect integration of architecture and engineering,
resulting in a dynamic, inviting building that outperforms any other structure
of its type in the world."
Construction of Masdar City commenced with a formal ground-breaking
ceremony on February 9, 2008. The City will be constructed over seven phases
and is due to be completed by 2016. Masdar's headquarters is part of phase one
and will be completed by the end of 2010.
The design competition for Masdar's headquarters was managed by the Louis
Berger Group and began with a field of 159 participants, which was narrowed
down to 15 architecture and design firms. The criteria for selection of the 15
included building functionality, water and wastewater efficiency, indoor
environmental quality, zero carbon emission, carbon footprint reduction and
firm experience. Four global leaders in sustainable architecture and design
were then chosen to submit final proposals.
A global jury of seven world renowned design and urban planning experts
chose AS+GG's design from the finalists. The jury consisted of:
-- A. Hashim Sarkis -- Aga Khan Professor of Landscape, Architecture
and Urbanism in Muslim Societies in the Department of Urban Planning
& Design at Harvard's Graduate School of Design (Cambridge, MA)
-- Dennis A. Andrejko -- Associate Professor at the University of
Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning (Buffalo, NY)
-- Greg Mella, AIA, LEED AP -- Principal at SmithGroup (Washington,
D.C.)
-- Jean-Marie Charpentier -- Architect for Maison Mozart (Paris)
-- Dr. Hans-Rudolf Schalcher -- Professor at the Holcim Foundation for
Sustainable Construction (Zurich), where he is also the Head of
Technical Competence Center and Member of the Management Board;
Chair of the Planning and Management in Construction for the
Institute for Construction Engineering and Management at the Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich)
-- John Quale -- Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia's
School of Architecture (Charlottesville, VA)
-- Volker Hartkopf -- Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon
University's Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, The
Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace; Director at CBPD
(Pittsburgh, PA)


About Masdar
Masdar is Abu Dhabi's multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in
the development and commercialization of advanced and innovative technologies
in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies as well as green design. By
applying scale and leveraging Abu Dhabi's low-cost, tax-free manufacturing
base, businesses will enjoy significant competitive advantages, allowing them
to compete internationally and provide significant diversification to the Abu
Dhabi economy.
To learn more about Masdar, please visit www.masdaruae.com.
About Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
AS+GG is focused on the design of high-performance architecture on an
international scale and is dedicated to the creation of new paradigms for
sustainable development. The office utilizes a holistic, integrated design
approach emphasizing a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment --
or 'global environmental contextualism.' The approach reduces negative
environmental impact and, in some cases, virtually eliminates it. Sites of
current projects include Chicago, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Mumbai, Vancouver,
Belgrade, London and China. To learn more about AS+GG, please visit
www.smithgill.com

CONTACT:
Masdar: Michael Iacovella, +1 212 704 8254, [email protected]
AS+GG: Carrie Neill, +1 312 676 3004, [email protected]
For b-roll, renderings, fly-through animation or stills:
here


SOURCE Masdar

Michael Iacovella of Masdar, +1-212-704-8254, [email protected];
or Carrie Neill of AS+GG, +1-312-676-3004, [email protected]
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Work starts on Masdar city


Sultan Al Jaber said Masdar City
will become the world’s hub for future energy


The zero carbon city will be home to some 50,000 residents following its completion in 2016.

Groundbreaking has kicked off on the zero-carbon, zero-waste Masdar City, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. A virtual cornerstone was laid to mark the occasion.

The 6.5 km mixed-use development is set to be completed in 2016.


At the ceremony held last month, Masdar CEO Sultan Al Jaber revealed a development budget of US $22 billion for the project.

"We are creating a city where residents and commuters will live the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint," Al Jaber commented. "Masdar City will become the world's hub for future energy. By taking sustainable development to a new level, it will lead the world in understanding how all future cities should be built.

The majority of the city's electricity will be generated by photovoltaic panels, while cooling will be supplied via concentrated solar power. A solar-powered desalination plant will provide water for the 1,500 businesses and 50,000 residents expected to be accommodated at the site. Grey water and treated wastewater will be used for irrigation. The carbon emissions savings from the project are set to be monetised under the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism.

At the end of January, Masdar announced it had teamed up with Hydrogen Energy, a 50:50 joint venture between BP Alternative Energy and Rio Tinto, to develop hydrogen-fuelled power. The parties intend to build a US $2 billion hydrogen-fired power plant with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture, in Abu Dhabi.

The facility would process around 100 million ft3 of natural gas each day, creating hydrogen and CO2. The hydrogen fuel would be used to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity, while the CO2 would be captured and injected into an active oil field, where it could replace natural gas, which is currently used to maintain pressure in the field following oil extraction. This would free up the natural gas for other more profitable uses, the firms said.


The front-end engineering and design of the plant is due to be completed by the end of 2008, at a cost of some US $45 million. The decision to proceed with construction is expected to be taken by early 2009, with startup to follow in 2012.
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UAE to build three solar power plants
12 March 2008



SOLAR POWER: The UAE plans to invest $1.23 billion in three plants in Spain. (Getty Images)

A joint venture of UAE-based Masdar and Spain's Sener Grupo de Ingenieria plans to invest 800 million euros ($1.23 billion) in three solar power plants in Spain, Masdar said in a statement on Wednesday.

The joint venture, named Torresol Energy, aims to build plants that use technology that concentrate solar power, known as CSP plants, Masdar said.

The companies plan to license the technology for CSP plants capable of generating 500 megawatts of power in regions of the world where it is sunny by 2012, Masdar said.

The joint venture is called Torresol Energy, and will be 60% owned by Sener and 40% owned by Masdar.

Independently of Torresol Energy, Masdar is developing CSP plants in Abu Dhabi and aims to complete its first plant in the the UAE in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Sener is a Bilbao-based privately-owned engineering and technology group. Masdar is owned by the government of Abu Dhabi and has plans to spend $15 billion on developing sustainable, clean energy.

Abu Dhabi is the centre of the UAE's oil and gas production and holds over 90% of the country's oil reserves. The UAE is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter.


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