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Apr 07

Abu Dhabi To Build First Full Eco-City

Posted in Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability

Abu Dhabi Eco-City When we talk about the Middle East Asia, we imagine harsh terrain, blazing sun and sand dunes. Abu Dhabi is a part of the United Arab Emirates. Its currently hostile area is being developed as the world’s first carbon neutral city in the coming 5 to 10 years. This city will be a green example that will not be constructed using polluting technologies and fossil fuels. The greatest irony is this city would be located in a country that is a leading producer of fossil fuels. Its architects and designers claim that the city will be powered up by various forms of renewable energy, including solar and wind power.

The scorching heat during daytime in the desert will not be easy. This time architects decided to take the intense heat from the blazing sun into their stride. They want to make sun their ally not an adversary. They will incorporate many new solar technologies into the city, including centralization devices. These devices would concentrate sunlight gathered by mirrors into a central tower. This tower would then send a 1-meter-thick stream of light into various generators, for generation of power. The whole city will be dominated by a large LED, which will be affixed onto the rooftop of a wind turbine. The city is christened as Masdar City.

If Masdar city’s LED tower is showing blue light then it means that all the power levels in the city are running accordingly.If the LED is showing red light that means renewable sources of power are unable to generate sufficient power for the time being. Cars will not be allowed in the Masdar city. Therefore inhabitants of Masdar will not suffer from pollutions caused by carbon dioxide. Masdar city will be free of large structures such as skyscrapers. The architects want to reduce the amount of baking needed to make the cement. If you want to go from one place to another walk or use underground transport system. It can be Personal Rapid Transit, featuring podcars. These vehicles will not be driven by man. They will ply using magnetic lanes to a destination of the passenger’s choosing.

Masdar is not a distant dream. Some of the work regarding this city has already progressed. The construction cost of this city would be between $15 and $30 billion dollars. This project is funded by the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Designers of this city will also use some of the technologies inspired directly from lunar base concepts. This technology will help in heat dissipation, shade, breezes and clean air for all Masdar inhabitants.

  • Jos Conil

    A great initiative by Abu Dhabi, which has to be appreciated, considering the fact that it comes from an oil producing nation.The article touches upon the aspects of power, transport and reducing cement usage,but it is silent on how this city is going to treat the wastes generated – both bio and solid.

    Creating new cities on green principles is a good one, but the real challenge lies in making the existing cities go green

  • locojhon

    How about future Eco-disaster?
    As in where do they get their food for the greater population they are stimulating?
    And what do they do with their wastes?
    Not to mention, how will they support themselves after peak oil reduces their developmental income?
    The market for sand isn’t all that great…
    Greenwashing–nothing more or less.

  • sreekumar

    Great concept… Best wishes

  • amoline

    Of course it may serve difficult for Abu Dhabi to sustain this type of Eco-city considering the fact that it is hard to grow grass in a desert. That being said, this could be shown as an example for energy policy makers in the U.S. We are not going to get away from fossil fuels anytime soon. Many countries have already carefully extracted their own resources to develop their economy, i.e. Norway and Saudi Arabia. Perhaps the U.S. could embrace a policy where the revenues from our own oil reserves could fund the green technologies that have the potential to transform our economy as well.

  • Phil

    It’s great to see Abu Dhabi undertaking an eco project like this. But arguably this is a showcase from one of the richest nations on Earth. Maybe the money spent here would be better spent on producing real alternatives to oil, but why would they want to contribute to that policy!

  • sreekumar

    Phil, good view. But, in my opinion money should be spent on population control through preventing the birth of unwanted children and providing financial and social security to those who choose to stay away from producing kids. By the word ‘unwanted’ I mean ‘those kids that are not born out of parent’s intentional efforts but as an effect of intercourse’.
    Increase in world population cannot be afforded any more as much more fossil fuels will be burnt. The best solution is to control the root cause of this, that is, increasing population. It takes only a matter of minutes to cause the creation of a human being but the effect of the action results in large scale burning of fuels to meets its needs. Social engineering is the solution. All the efforts on technology would be no use unless stress is placed on controlling population. Encourage people who choose to go without children and spend money on supporting such enabling such a social structure. This will ensure healthy existence to those who live in this world and bring development to a sustainable level.

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