Week In Middle East: Masdar Opens Office In Azerbaijan To Support Nation’s Clean Energy Objectives; India, France, And UAE Forms A Trilateral Partnership In Energy Sector; And More


Masdar Opens Office In Azerbaijan To Support Nation’s Clean Energy Objectives


Masdar, one of the world’s fastest-growing renewable energy companies, has pledged to strengthen its support for Azerbaijan’s renewable energy development with the opening of an office in Baku, the capital city. The inauguration event for the office, located in Port Baku Tower, was attended by His Excellency Mohammed Murad Al Blooshi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Javid Abdullayev, Director of Azerbaijan Renewable Energy Agency under the Ministry of Energy, along with a delegation from Masdar, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi. Masdar will work closely with the government and other stakeholders in Azerbaijan to accelerate the growth of its renewable energy sector, as the country continues to take bold steps to meet clean energy targets and transition to a low-carbon future.


India, France, And UAE Forms A Trilateral Partnership In Energy Sector


A news agency reported that India, France, and the UAE have formed a tripartite partnership initiative in several areas, including energy and climate change. Following a telephone call between Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed (UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as International Cooperation), Catherine Colonna (France), along with Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (India), a joint statement was made that confirmed that the trilateral initiative would promote joint design and execution projects in different fields including solar and nuclear energy and combating climate change.

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Iran’s Renewable Energy Power Capacity Reaches 1,020 MW

Iran’s renewable energy power plant volume reaches 1,020 MW with the 10 MW Pasargad Solar Farm in Damghan putting into operation, said Mahmoud Kamani, chief of Iran’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organizations (SATBA). Kamani made comments about the offshoots to the instigation of the Damghan District solar farms in central Semnan. He stated that “this power plant has a unique feature because it can generate electricity through the reflection of the sunlight.” This makes it more efficient, meaning that it will be 40% more efficient.

DEWA Updates Its Strategic Plan To Include Achieving Net-Zero By 2050 In Line With Government Strategies And Plans

In line with its commitment to keeping pace with the government plans and strategies that aim to achieve net zero by 2050 and the UAE’s efforts to promote the circular economy, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has updated its strategic plan, adding achieving net-zero by 2050 to its vision. DEWA’s new vision is “A globally leading sustainable innovative corporation committed to achieving net zero by 2050.” DEWA has also updated its mission to become “We are committed and aligned to Dubai’s 8 Guiding Principles and 50-Year Charter supporting the UAE’s directions through the delivery of global leading services and innovative energy and potable water solutions enriching lives and ensuring the happiness of our stakeholders, for a sustainable Net-Zero carbon 2050.”

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Sharjah Innovation Park (SRTIP) Brings Hungarian Megalux Solar Racing Car To Sharjah

Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP) made another emphatic move toward becoming a green transportation incubation hub and a testing centre for innovative technologies by bringing the Megalux, the acclaimed Hungarian solar racing car, to Sharjah for public display. The car, with a unique design that resembles a catamaran, was assembled and installed at the SRTIP’s Sharjah Open Innovation Lab (SOILAB) by a team from Hungary’s John von Neumann University (JvNU) which has developed the solar vehicle. Earlier, the JvNU team drove the car to the University City and made a halt at the American University of Sharjah (AUS), a partner of SRTIP. They were welcomed by AUS Chancellor Dr. Susan Mumm.

United Nations Development Programme Provided $3 Million For Solar PV Development In Egypt In 2022

According to the New and Renewable Energy Authority’s indications report, the UNDP, United Nations Development Programme has granted several cash grants totaling $3 million out of more than $13 million in investments in the year 2022 for the photovoltaic cells project of Egypt. According to the report, the project is associated with the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC). It generates about 30 gigawatts per hour, which contributes to reducing CO2 equivalent emissions by 16,700 tonnes. According to the report, hydroelectricity production was estimated at 15,000 gigawatts per hour by 2022. Wind farms generated nearly 6,100 gigawatts per hour.

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Al Tayer Discusses Bilateral Cooperation With Germany’s Saxon State Minister In Renewable Energy

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), welcomed a high-level delegation from the German state of Saxony, headed by HE Martin Dulig, State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport. The visiting delegation included HE Sybille Pfaff, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to Dubai, and representatives from Saxony Trade & Invest. The discussions focused on cooperation in renewable and clean energy projects and green mobility. The meeting, which was held at DEWA’s headquarters, was attended by Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President for Business Development and Excellence, and Marwan bin Haider, and Executive Vice President for Innovation and the Future at DEWA.

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