Renewable energy in Abu Dhabi: Opportunities and challenges

Toufic Mezher, Daniel Goldsmith, Nazli Choucri

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    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an oil-rich country located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Abu Dhabi is the largest emirate in the country, and Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE. The country has the one of the highest per capita rates of CO 2 emission and water consumption in the world. Most of the water consumed is produced in desalination plants, which are energy intensive. The leadership of the country has made the bold decision to establish a renewable energy (RE) sector to diversify its energy sources and the economy as a whole. The Masdar Initiative was established to promote this objective. The government has established its first RE policy; the goal is to have 7% of power come from RE sources and technologies by 2020. This paper highlights the different RE projects of the Masdar Initiative, with particular emphasis on the power sector, and examines the new concentrated solar power (CSP) plants developed as part of the initiative.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)169-176
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Energy Engineering
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 2011


    • Abu Dhabi
    • CO emissions
    • CSP
    • Economic diversification
    • Renewable energy


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