Masdar to work on solar, wind atlas
Abu Dhabi, January 25, 2012
Abu Dhabi-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, has signed an MoU with International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) to support the developing and advancing of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources.
Masdar institute is an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies.
The MoU was signed by Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, president of Masdar Institute, and Adnan Z. Amin, Irena director-general at the renewable energy agency's global headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Dr Joseph Cecchi, Provost, Masdar Institute, and Gauri Singh, director of Irena Knowledge Management, Innovation and Technology, were also present.
The agreement ensures co-operation between the two organizations for exchange of information; joint implementation of project activities, analyses and research studies; as well as defining technical compatibility and methodological harmonization and data transparency protocols for solar and wind data.
Other areas covered by the MoU include participating in developing the architecture of the global atlas and hosting and maintaining the atlas servers at Masdar Institute; capacity development among stakeholders in participating countries, as well as assisting developing countries to build their renewable energy technology databases.
Under the agreement, Dr. Hosni Ghedira, director of the UAE Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, will represent Masdar Institute in the project, while Ali Nimer, acting director, Administration and Management Services, will represent Irena.
Dr Taha Ouarda, Professor - Water & Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute, will be the deputy director of the UAE Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment.
Dr Hosni Ghedira is an associate professor - Water and Environmental Engineering, at Masdar Institute. Before moving to the UAE, Dr Ghedira spent six years at the City University of New York as an assistant professor and research associate professor.
Prior to joining Irena, Nimer was the ICT department manager at Masdar, and IT manager and program officer - Science & Technology at Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy. Earlier, he worked as operations manager at Injazat Data Systems.
On the agreement, Dr Fred Moavenzadeh said: “As a research-oriented academic institution, Masdar Institute provides the right ingredients to enable innovation and as an international agency that promotes renewable energy, Irena has similar objectives."
"We believe the MoU will bring out the synergy in both organizations to develop publicly-accessible data on solar and wind resources," he noted.
Amin said developing publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources was fundamental to widen the use of clean and renewable energy.
"We are confident that together with the academic and research capabilities of Masdar Institute, we will be able to provide distinctive data that will be useful for everyone who is keen to tap clean energy," he added.-TradeArabia News Service