Gulf state to build solar city

Posted by Laura Grant on February 10, 2008
Posted in Renewable energy

Impression of Masdar City from Foster + PartnersAbu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and one of the world’s largest producers or oil, is planning to build what architect Norman Foster describes as the world’s first carbon neutral, zero waste city.

Known as Masdar City, The New York Times describes it as a self-contained, mini-municipality for up to 50,000 people in the desert. It is intended as a hub for academic and corporate research on non-polluting energy technologies.

Famous London-based architects Foster + Partners are involved in the design of the community which will be car free and produce all its own energy from the sun. Its water will come from a solar-powered seawater desalination plant. All waste will be either composted or recycled and food will be grown locally in greenhouses.

Masdar City is part of a planned $15-billion investment in new energy technologies by Abu Dhabi, which is apparently looking to diversify its economy and find a post-petroleum development model.

See the NYT’s Andrew Revkin’s blog for more and a video virtual tour of the proposed new city.

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