Masdar City to pilot smart appliances


Sultan Al Jaber,
CEO, Masdar
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. and Louisville, KY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 12, 2009 – Masdar City is to undertake a landmark pilot program with GE Consumer & Industrial to investigate the reduction of peak power demand through the use of smart, demand response enabled home appliances.

Involving some of the first residents of Masdar City – whose goal it is to become the world’s first carbon neutral, zero waste city being built in the U.A.E. capital, Abu Dhabi – the program will test how GE’s smart appliances and Home Energy Manager (HEM) can lower power demand in the home and across the city.

GE has specifically designed and manufactured the appliances, including refrigerators, cooktops and combination clothes washers/dryers, and networks for this pilot, which leverages Masdar City’s status as a cleantech cluster and a one-of-a-kind “living laboratory” for new sustainability technologies. The equipment will be installed in early 2010 in the first building to be completed at Masdar City, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

“The GE smart appliances used in the pilot will be the first in the world to provide two way communication and built-in advanced energy management functionality that will reduce power demand in response to notification of changing utility prices and energy demand, while also measuring and transmitting real time power consumption data,” explained GE Consumer & Industrial president and CEO James Campbell.

Ten of the Masdar Institute‘s 100 residences will participate in the two-year pilot project. The information developed from the program will not only provide important early feedback in testing consumers’ energy consumption behavior in the face of demand response technology, but also it will assist Masdar City in planning and designing its smart power grid in order to achieve its carbon neutral, zero waste,  fully renewable energy powered objectives.

“This is a significant milestone in the realization of our vision to see Masdar City become not only a global center of research and development in renewable energy and clean technologies but also a unique metropolitan-scale test bed for these new technologies,” said Masdar CEO Sultan Al Jaber.

Masdar City is a US$22 billion free zone in Abu Dhabi that is seeking to become a global centre for innovation, research, product development and light manufacturing in the fields of renewable energy and environmental technologies.

The City, whose first phase of construction is set to finish by 2013, has already attracted a number of leading international entities. In addition to GE, an anchor partner that will build in the city its first ecomagination Center focused on sustainable business solutions, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) announced in June that it would locate its new global headquarters in Masdar City. In addition the Masdar Institute is cooperating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to offer courses focused on education and research in advanced energy solutions and sustainable technologies.