Global and UAE Stakeholders Offer Masdar Institute Researchers Opportunities to Seek Sustainable Clean Energy Solutions
Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 July, 2013 – Collaborations with stakeholders have remained a driving force behind Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's creation of knowledge and innovation in advanced and sustainable technologies.
These collaborations have continuously provided Masdar Institute with opportunities to develop leading-edge solutions to today's energy and sustainability challenges.
Masdar Institute entered into several high-profile collaborations during 2012 and in 2013 so far, while making significant progress on existing engagements with strategic partners. These collaborations encompass major Government organizations, leading global academic institutions, and corporate pioneers. Each collaboration effort has laid the foundation for Masdar Institute researchers to explore new approaches to solving science and engineering challenges in a wide range of disciplines. Furthermore, each collaboration has been unique in its scope and intended outcomes.
Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said: “Our research collaborations with both global and the UAE stakeholders bring twin benefits – sharing of our expertise with the wider community while learning from our partners. The support of the country's leadership has given us the momentum to achieve major advances through collaborations. We hope our joint research projects in advanced and sustainable technologies will result in the production of human and intellectual capital, bringing benefits for industry and government.”
In advanced technology, Masdar Institute has partnered with Technische Universität (TU) Dresden to host a ‘TwinLab' research center that focuses on the design and production of 3D-integrated microelectronics for minimum energy design. Focusing primarily on three-dimensional chip stacking, a potentially faster and more energy efficient semiconductor technology, the project reflects the broader emphasis of Abu Dhabi's Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) on minimum electronic energy systems (MEES). Funding for the TwinLab comes from ATIC and the government of Saxony, Germany.
Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC, said: “This working partnership is particularly significant as we work to establish Abu Dhabi as a global R&D hub. The areas of research Twin Labs will be addressing are promising and timely to the industry, and I am confident the knowledge and intellectual property generated will be of great value to ATIC, GlobalFoundries and Abu Dhabi.”
A collaborative research agreement between Emirates Aluminium Company (EMAL) and Masdar Institute is currently under implementation. The expertise shared by the two organizations is expected to optimize EMAL's energy efficiency and environment sustainability, in the future.
Saeed Fadhel Al Mazrooei, President and CEO of EMAL, said: “One of our research projects with Masdar Institute may lead to considerable savings in energy and costs, once fully implemented. We hope to conclude the remaining projects and explore further options for incorporating better technology solutions in collaboration with researchers at Masdar Institute.”
Masdar Institute's research collaborations, especially with stakeholders in the UAE have resulted in mutual transfer of knowledge and expertise. An agreement with Abu Dhabi's Department of Transport (DoT) established a partnership on exchange of information in transportation. This information on public transport systems and basic traffic data has been used by Masdar Institute for a research project that is in partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and investigates the transportation infrastructure, technology needs and public attitudes, pertinent to achieving a sustainable and intelligent Abu Dhabi transportation system.
Masdar Institute's agreement with Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi (EAA) took place in parallel to the setting up of a multi-entity taskforce, coordinated by the EAA to focus on managing the energy demand for cooling in Abu-Dhabi. The taskforce includes participation and support from Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), the Regulation and Supervision Bureau, the Department of the Municipal Affairs (ADM), and the Urban Planning Council (UPC). Masdar Institute is leading the cooling research undertaken as part of the broader set of taskforce initiatives.
Reflecting its role as an academic institution that aims to spread knowledge and develop human capital, Masdar Institute has entered into further collaboration agreements with stakeholders in the UAE. These collaborations include an agreement with ADWEA that seeks exchange of scientific and technological information through research collaborations, covering sustainable energy, water and environmental issues. Short courses and seminars for internal and external stakeholders are also to be developed as part of this initiative. At the same time, ADWEA will support and assist students at Masdar Institute in their experimental research thesis work.
An agreement with the Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), and Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), resulted in funding contributions to the UAE National Atlas for solar and wind resources. Masdar Institute and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joined other stakeholders and launched the UAE Solar Atlas at Rio+20 Summit and later in Abu Dhabi.
The atlas that currently charts solar and wind resources and infrastructure is expected to help countries “assess their renewable energy potential”, as well as supporting companies considering investments. The work is being carried out in Masdar Institute's Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment.
Dr Steven Griffiths, Executive Director of Institute Initiatives, said: “As Masdar Institute steadily increases its production of publications, invention disclosures and patent filings, more stakeholders are bound to approach the Institute for support in finding advanced and sustainable solutions to their challenges. We aim to gradually increase our research industry, government and academic collaborations to include stakeholders in more countries across the world and we hope breakthrough innovations will help usher in technological advancements in many fields, particularly clean energy. The research centers that Masdar Institute has already established and will establish in the future will serve as focal points for such collaborations.”
Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar's core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi's knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity's toughest challenges such as climate change.
Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.