|MIT Goes Abu Dhabi Masdar Green City|
July 2, 2008
Abu Dhabi's green ambitions don't end with the city. It has
persuaded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create the Masdar
Institute of Science and Technology, a graduate school and research institute
focused exclusively on renewable energy.
Abu Dhabi wants to position itself as a global center for harnessing new fuels
for a time when oil won't be as plentiful.
"It's no longer the issue of pumping oil out of the ground. It's the issue of
competing globally for the same issues, and for that, they need highly trained
people," MIT professor Fred Moavenzadeh said.
Fred Moavenzadeh, the James Mason Crafts Professor of Systems Engineering and
Civil and Environmental Engineering. "MIT is really a research-driven institution. The
education here is highly interactive with the research," he says. "That style of
education is very much missing in most countries," but plays an important role in
fostering innovative ideas that can spur a nation's economic development, he
Moavenzadeh says that "energy and environment are at the frontiers
"Every building will be designed and constructed to provide a model for
sustainable living and working," the Masdar Institute's web site declares. Power will come
from photovoltaic panels and surrounding wind farms. And the city will be built with
the "fullest use of innovation in energy-efficiency, sustainable practices, resource
recycling, biodiversity, transportation and green building standards," they say.
"It's a pretty exciting project," says MIT's Charles Cooney, professor of
chemical engineering and a member of the Masdar Initiative's executive committee. "The
university will be living inside many of the experiments it is conducting."