Amazing solar powered city
Imagine a city built in a desert, with iconic buildings, beautiful tree-lined streets and fresh running water; where you are whisked around in state of the art transport systems; where there are schools, universities, offices, shops, cinemas; where there is no pollution, no cars and no buses; all with a sustainable zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology, powered entirely by solar energy. Welcome to Masdar city, Abu Dhabi.
Masdar is Arabic for “The Source”. At the city’s core is a an enormous solar power station which will be supplemented by further photovoltaic modules on rooftops to provide 130 megawatts of solar energy. This, combined with wind farms at the city’s perimeter, geothermal and hydrogen power plants means that Masdar will create enough clean energy to power all of its own utilities, and will even be able to export power to neighbouring emirates. The aim of the designer Sir Norman Foster, the man behind the Millau Viaduct, is to provide “The highest quality of life with the lowest possible environmental impact.”
Renewable energy has come a long way since the says of solar powered calculators and rudimentary wind turbines. Here in the UK, hydro-electricity, wind power and solar power are at the forefront of governmental plans to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and cut carbon emissions. There are significant government grants available to those willing to install solar panels on their houses, or buy the newest electric car.
Phase 1 of construction is complete, and there are already residents living in Masdar. Full completion is forecast for 2020.
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