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Masdar Institute to develop solar and wind resource atlas

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support developing and advancing of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources.
The agreement ensures cooperation between the two organisations for exchange of information; joint implementation of project activities, analyses and research studies; as well as defining technical compatibility and methodological harmonization and data transparency protocols for solar and wind data. Other areas covered by the MoU include participating in developing the architecture of the global atlas and hosting and maintaining the atlas servers at Masdar Institute; capacity development among stakeholders in participating countries, as well as assisting developing countries to build their renewable energy technology databases.
According to the agreement, Dr. Hosni Ghedira, Director of the UAE Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment, will represent Masdar Institute in the project, while Ali Nimer, Acting Director, Administration and Management Services, will represent IRENA. Dr. Taha B.M.J. Ouarda, Professor – Water & Environmental Engineering, Masdar Institute, is also the Deputy Director of the UAE Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment.
The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar Institute aims to develop regional knowledge and leadership in renewable energy assessment and mapping for the UAE and globally. The Center responds to the objective of the UAE to support IRENA in its advancement of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources, particularly for developing countries. The Center is in the process of building profiles of solar and wind resource quality, land use, and grid connectivity in the UAE through partnership between Masdar Institute, the UAE Directorate of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), IRENA and mapping/resource assessment entities, including those already involved in IRENA’s global atlas project. 
The aim of the global atlas is to build on existing partnerships and develop an inclusive, open system connecting the major databases and information sources. It also aims at creating as little new information as possible. Instead, the information will be gathered through partnerships, and based on an-open system architecture. This calls for using a state-of-the-art collaborative architecture, which provides an easy and unified way to access the different existing data sets yet from various sources and portals.
In November 2011, an initial prototype of the Global Atlas on Solar and Wind Energy was presented at the Multilateral Solar and Wind Working Group in Berlin, Germany. The prototype was to be refined to better represent user data needs and integrate additional tools and data sets. Several end-user groups discussed their data needs at the meeting. The United Nations Environment Programme is collecting additional end-user information via an online survey.
Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow.  With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change.
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