The city of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, is home to 8% of the world’s oil resources, with its company being one of the largest in the world. The Emirate has enough hydrocarbon reserves for the next century, so their people are extremely familiar with resource consumption and conservation. They wish to be world leaders in sustainable practices and helping the environment, and they will start by buildinga new green city from scratch: Masdar City.
Masdar City is a project initiated by the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company – started in 2006, it will take approx. 8 years to finish. By using innovative, modern features, their goal is to be the most sustainable city in the world, with zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology relying entirely on solar and renewable energy sources. Some of its technologies include:
Driverless, electric cars run by a GPS with routes and speeds pre-determined. These advanced electric vehicles run on magnetic tracks and provide a clean form of public transportation. They operate underground, so pedestrians above won’t be disturbed by traffic.
Wind towers with flaps that open and close according to the breezes. Cool air travels down to the surface of the city, serving as an all-natural air condiioner in a hot desert environment.
A power plant with 88000 solar panels covering an area of over 35 football fields. They are also using Beam Down towers – by using a series of mirrors, sunlight is reflected up to a tower, which reflects it once more down to a receiver. There, the concentrated sunlight drives a large steam turbine to produce power.
All these features work towards a greener, more eco-friendly Earth. Masdar City is expensive, costing around $19 billion US. However, if other cities also developed these technologies, the cost would lower significantly and we would be protecting the environment. Masdar is a wonderful example of our effort to working towards a more sustainable life-style.
For more info, check out http://masdarcity.ae
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