Texas University Masdar project

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 use will be consumed in cities. The question is what if we could make completely sustainable cities, if these could be powered only through renewable energy.
It seams that Masdar city makes this goal a reality.

http://www.masdarcity.ae/userfiles/images/masdar-city-masterplan.jpg     http://www.masdarcity.ae/userfiles/images/gallery/masdar-institute/coverimage.jpg

The project of Masdar City is planed to be completed by 2025.  Masdar’s city goal is to  be a zero carbon, zero waste city with sustainable transport.
According to the same research,  focusing on form & orientation and building optimization 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 energy production 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, secondary streets: 8,5 meters
This energy-positive city will provide more power than is needed for their 50,000 residents and 50.000-60.000 daily commuters through use of photovoltaic panels and concentrated solar power.
The city center’s 10MW solar power plant is already up and running, and would benefit greatly from an energy policy which would introduce a feed-in tariff to reward energy-positive plants that feed excess back into grid. Still the research and development stage, Master City Center’s Beam Down Project plans 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 tower and has the potential to convert solar to electric power in a more efficient and cost- effective way.
The completely car free city uses underground, electric-powered personal rapid transport pods for convenient travel throughout the center.

 

 

Although the original completion goals of 2016 has been postponed, the city center already support residents and graduate students attending the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology-a research-oriented school focusing on alternative 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 future projects and energy policies around the world.

sources:

http://www.masdarcity.ae/en/   

http://www.masdarcity.ae/en/48/resource-centre/image-gallery/

http://www.me.utexas.edu/directory/faculty/webber/michael/

http://www.iea.org/weo/docs/weo2008/WEO 2008 Chapter 8.pdf
http://www.masdarcity.ae/en/75/resource-center/press-releases/?view=details&id=55
http://www.masdarconnect.com/userfiles/files/Exploring-Masdar-City-Site-Tour-Booklet.pdf
http://www.rewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/10/snapshot-of-feed-in-ta
riffs-around-the world-in-2011?page=1
http://www.connectedurbandevelopment.org/pdf/sust ii/masdar.pdf
http://www.masdar.ac.ae/FastFacts.html

 


One Response to Texas University Masdar project

  1. Let us all incorporate the aforementioned practices into our lives, let’s lead by example.

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