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Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

Solar Impulse 2 takes off on first round-the-world flight powered entirely by sunlight

The experimental Solar Impulse 2 carries 17,000 solar cells that, coupled with onboard batteries, allow the plane to fly day and night. Despite its massive 72-meter-long (236 feet) wingspan, the

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Slated for take off in either late February or early March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 flight is expected to span approximately 25 flight days across 5 months and land in 12 different locations. The

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Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Traditionally, biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources and pilfering food from the world's hungry. But a groundbreaking new bioenergy pilot plant at Masdar City, Abu

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Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

The first attempt at an around the world flight powered completely by solar cells will be setting off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, according to the team behind Solar Impulse. With a 63 meter wing span,

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Exclusive Photos: World’s Largest Computerized Façade Cools Aedas’ Al Bahr Towers

Abu Dhabi is hot, very hot, especially in the summer, making the temptation to keep the air-conditioning on full blast very hard to resist. But air-conditioning is not only expensive, but energy

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Fake Giant Rubber Duck Pops up in Abu Dhabi for a Pirated Visit

Fake Giant Rubber Duck Pops up in Abu Dhabi for a Pirated Visit

Last December a similar duck appeared on Dubai Creek. Turns out a company called GeoWash, which advertises a water-conserving mobile car wash device, installed the floating bird to generate awareness

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

Shigeru Ban Unveils Beautiful Cardboard Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Art Fair

The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

Masdar and Oil Companies to Develop Middle East’s First Commercial-Scale Carbon Capture & Storage Project

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and clean energy company Masdar announced Sunday that they will collaborate to develop commercial-scale carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) projects in the

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens in Thames Estuary

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain was once completely reliant on fossil fuels, but that is rapidly changing. On Thursday, the world's largest wind farm was opened in the Thames

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World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Switches On in Abu Dhabi

It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential - but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al

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Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Artist Tadashi Kawamata Stacks Hundreds of Chairs Into a 20-Foot-High Sculpture

Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and repurposed objects like

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Abu Dhabi Unveils Arab-Styled Eco Villa That Meets Estidama Green Building Requirements

Abu Dhabi Unveils Arab-Styled Eco Villa That Meets Estidama Green Building Requirements

Designed in part by Dr. Hassan Yasser Ebrahim, Senior Manager of Planning & Design Sustainability at Sorouh Real Estate, this prototype eco villa has a variety of features that slash its energy and

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Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

Japan’s Sporty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle is an Emissions-Free Dream Car

A two-seater beauty with a dazzling yellow shell, the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is the first in Japan to be developed without help from a major car manufacturer. Very low to the ground, the car has a

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Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

Electric Zerotracer Motorbike Goes Around the World in 80 Days for Just $400!

The second of two prototypes, the Zerotracer was on display at the Swiss pavilion in Abu Dhabi last week. It runs on lithium polymer batteries that can be charged up to 2,000 times in just two hours when

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The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant Soaks Up the Sun in Abu Dhabi: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

The parabolic trough collectors track the sun from morning to night and concentrate sunlight onto embedded tubes carrying a heat transfer fluid. This fluid, which consists of synthetic oil mostly, hits

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PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

PHOTOS: Siemens’ LEED Platinum Headquarters at Masdar City Nears Completion

Quite like Masdar's own terracotta buildings, the new Siemens building has been designed with an absolute commitment to sustainability. Using passive design and state of the art materials, the project

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PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

PHOTOS: HWKN Debuts Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Abroad in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is one of the world's biggest oil exporters and also has one of the highest per capita emissions rates. But the Emirate's leadership is also keenly concerned to reduce their energy consumption

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Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Spiky Blue Wendy Pavilion Travels Abroad to Clean the Air During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

Wendy is a giant architectural installation designed to push the boundaries of what architecture is and how it can impact our experience, while also working to improve the environment. The spiky blue

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Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi

Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi

Bulgarian environmental artist Christo has draped an inexplicable array of landscapes and objects in a distinctive orange hue since the 1960s - but few of his installations have been as conceptually

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World’s Largest Sun-Responsive Façade Shades Abu Dhabi’s Impressive Al Bahr Towers

World’s Largest Sun-Responsive Façade Shades Abu Dhabi’s Impressive Al Bahr Towers

The riddle Aedas faced was how to keep the building cool without using massive amounts of air conditioning. Such a sustainable approach to architecture is important to Abu Dhabi, as the city has pledged

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Siemens Headquarters to be the First LEED Platinum Office Building in the Middle East

Siemens Headquarters to be the First LEED Platinum Office Building in the Middle East

The Siemens Headquarters by architects Sheppard Robson in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi is anticipated to be the first LEED Platinum office building in the Middle East, and it could set a new standard for

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Eco-Mosque Design Receives Green Light For Construction in Abu Dhabi

Eco-Mosque Design Receives Green Light For Construction in Abu Dhabi

Suhail Mohammed Suleiman's proposal for a sustainable mosque to be built in Abu Dhabi has been given the green light. While construction is not confirmed, the eco-mosque would be a symbol of the region's

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SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

SOM’s Sheikh Khalifa Medical City Will Be a Healing Green Oasis in Abu Dhabi

The Sheikh Khalifa Medical City is being designed by SOM for the SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Service company. The new eco hospital will rise up on the site of the existing facility, which will undergo a

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Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens’ Middle East Headquarters Will Be An Energy Efficient Model for Masdar City

Siemens and Sheppard Robson had one over-arching goal for the new middle east headquarters which was to maximize energy efficiency by building more with less. The 20,000 sq meter building is designed as a

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7 Gorgeous Green Buildings in the Middle East

7 Gorgeous Green Buildings in the Middle East

Check out 7 Gorgeous Green Buildings in the Middle East: Masdar's Zero Carbon, Zero Emissions City Abu Dhabi's Green Roofed Aldar Market Kuwait's LEED Gold Certified International Airport Morocco's

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