During Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, I had the opportunity to talk with Dr Nawal Al Hosany, director of sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and also director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. Despite interviewing dozens of wonderful people throughout the week, this opportunity was one of the ones I was most excited about. She actually made it onto my list of 17 top cleantech champions back in January 2014.
I encourage you to simply watch the video, but I’ll also provide a brief summary of it below.
Dr Al Hosany talked a bit about the wonderful opportunity she and others have, thanks to the UAE leadership, to work on the cutting edge of sustainability and move the world forward. She mentioned Masdar City, the largest concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the Middle East — Shams 1, the largest offshore wind farm in the world — the London Array, and the largest cleantech prize in the world — the Zayed Future Energy Prize. All of those are part of Masdar’s work.
I threw in my own perception and analogy regarding Masdar. I see Masdar as the UAE’s attempt to create something like the “Silicon Valley of Cleantech,” but I noted that my analogy breaks down when you incorporate the Zayed Future Energy Prize, since that is like the “Oscars of Cleantech,” and the Oscars are in Los Angeles, not Silicon Valley.