May 03 2012
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Massoud Barzani gets briefing on Abu Dhabi's renewable energy sector
Sultan Ahmed Al-Jaber, chief executive officer of Masdar, briefed the president and his delegation about the progress made by Masdar in the six years since its inception. Nasser Ahmed Al-Suwaidi, chairman of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, accompanied the visiting delegation.
Referring to the significant progress achieved by the UAE and Abu Dhabi in the renewable energy sector, Barzani said: "It is extremely impressive to visit one of the top oil and gas producers in the world and learn that the UAE is working on creating solutions to address the challenges of energy. There is no doubt that these efforts reflect the long-term strategic vision of the wise leadership of Abu Dhabi. These projects emphasize that the UAE is leading the way with the latest scientific developments in the clean technology sector, thereby providing effective and commercially viable solutions to global problems."
During their visit to Masdar, the delegation experienced a ride in the personal rapid transit (PRT) pods, the zero-carbon driverless vehicles, and was taken to Masdar Institute (MI), a graduate level, research-oriented university focused on renewable energy and sustainability.
The delegation was also briefed on the solar photovoltaic plant, which supplies Masdar with the needed electricity to run its day-to-day operations.
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