Masdar City – One of the most sustainable communities on Earth

Masdar City is a project in Abu Dhabi, that will present the world’s first zero-carbon, car and skyscraper-free city. In Arabic Masdar means “the source” and refers to Masdar the company and Masdar City, being a source of knowledge, innovation and human capital development in the areas of renewable energy and clean technologies.

Masdar city aerial view

Artist Impression- Aerial View of Proposed Master plan of Masdar City (Eastern Orientation)

Project was initiated in 2006. with the projected cost approximately US$18-US$19 billion. Masdar City is a unit of Masdar, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mubadala Development Company, which is an Abu Dhabi Government-owned vehicle set up to spur economic development and diversification in the emirate.

Masdar City is planned to be a hub for cleantech companies and it will host the headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Exterior view of Masdar Institute Campus, Masdar City

Exterior view of Masdar Institute Campus, Masdar City

Currently the first six building of the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology campus are fully functional. Three buildings are residential, two laboratory and one is a Knowledge Centre. These buildings have a total of 35,000m2 (of gross floor area).

An interior view of the laboratories at the Masdar Institute

An interior view of the laboratories at the Masdar Institute

Residents in Masdar city have a number of retail, services and food and beverage outlets and once a month city hosts a organic farmers market and street fair from April to October every year.

The city is planned to cover 6 square kilometers (2.3 sq mi). At full build-out by 2025, the city is expected to have 40,000 residents and 50,000 commuters who will work in 1,500 businesses, primarily commercial and manufacturing facilities specialized in environmentally friendly products.

The city is planned to cover 6 square kilometers (2.3 sq mi). At full The initial plan considered that cars wouldn’t be allowed inside the city. The travel will be accomplished via public mass transit and personal rapid transit (PRT) systems.

Personal Rapid Transit System at Masdar City

Personal Rapid Transit System at Masdar City

Masdar city will employ a variety of renewable power resources. That will include the biggest solar farm in the Middle East with total power of 130 megawatts (current power is 40-60 megawatts). Beside that wind farms will be established outside the city’s perimeter and they will provide additional 20 megawatts.

Geothermal energy as well will be utilized. In addition to that it is planed for Masdar city plans to host the world’s largest hydrogen power plant.

City water needs will be covered from a solar powered desalination plant. The Masdar city will need a quarter of the power required for a similar sized community, while its water needs will be 60% lower.
Approximately 80 percent of the water will be recycled and waste water will be reused as many times as possible, it will be used for crop irrigation and other purposes.

Waste in the Masdar city is planned to be reduced to zero. Biological waste will be used as fertilizer and for creation of nutrient rich soil. Smaller percent of biological waste will be used as an additional power source. Plastic and industrial waste will be recycled or repurposed.

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