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April 28, 2010

DOE and Masdar Sign a Clean Energy Pact

DOE and Masdar, a multifaceted renewable energy initiative in Abu Dhabi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on April 26 to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies. The agreement establishes a framework in three areas: water and biofuels, building technologies, and carbon capture and sequestration. The agreement opens the door for scientific and technical exchanges and joint research and development of clean energy technologies. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

The bilateral agreement will foster viable renewable energy solutions as part of the Masdar Initiative, also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, begun in 2006 to advance the development and deployment of renewable energy solutions and clean technologies. A key aspect of the initiative is to build Masdar City, a district on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi that aims to be the world's first carbon-neutral and zero-waste city. Masdar City is home to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, which accepted its first graduate students in September 2009, and it also became the headquarters location for the International Renewable Energy Agency in 2009. See the DOE press release and the Web sites for the Masdar Initiative and Masdar City.