Austin, Texas University Masdar project was an ambitious research, for Energy, Technology & Policy on Masdar’s green city ( Dr Webber) According to Texas University research, by 2030 73% of the world’s energy usewill be consumed in cities. The question is what if we could make completelysustainable cities, if these could be powered only through renewable energy. It seams that Masdar city makes this goal a reality.
The project of Masdar City is planed to be completed by 2025. Masdar’s city goalis to be a zero carbon, zero waste city with sustainable transport. According to the same research, focusing on form & orientation and buildingoptimization first allows the city to reduce energy demand simply through design.Masdar’s city information regarding the area of development, city footprint,building heights and street width as well as solar power and sustainable energyproduction are: Area of development : Approximately 7 square km. City Footprint: 50% of total site area Building heights: Average height: 4-6 storeys Maximum height: 40 meters Street width: Central Spine: 25meters, Main streets maximum: 14meters, secondarystreets: 8,5 meters This energy-positive city will provide more power than is needed for their 50,000residents and 50.000-60.000 daily commuters through use of photovoltaic panelsand concentrated solar power. The city center’s 10MW solar power plant is already up and running, and wouldbenefit greatly from an energy policy which would introduce a feed-in tariff toreward energy-positive plants that feed excess back into grid.Still the research and development stage, Master City Center’s Beam Down Projectplans to take the conventional concentrated solar power design and optimize it by placing the receive at the base of the tower. This will eliminate energy lost from pumping the fluid to the top of the towerand has the potential to convert solar to electric power in a more efficient andcost- effective way. The completely car free city uses underground, electric-powered personal rapidtransport pods for convenient travel throughout the center.
Although the original completion goals of 2016 has been postponed, the citycenter already support residents and graduate students attending the MasdarInstitute of Science and Technology-a research-oriented school focusing onalternative energy and sustainability. According to the research of Texas University Masdar project is on its way to completion and it seams that Masdar City has the power to influence futureprojects and energy policies around the world.