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Thermal Water to Power Zero-Carbon Masdar City


Abu Dhabi : 05 April 2010

Masdar is an Abu Dhabi based renewable energy company who plan to drill wells up to 5,000 metres deep in an effort to find water which they believe will be sufficiently hot to operate power generators that will make Abu Dhabi a zero carbon city.

The deeper into the earth that water is found the hotter it naturally becomes because of its closeness to the centre of the earth’s core so while water found 12 metres underground is approximately 30 degrees Celsius at 5,000 metres its temperature has increased to approximately a 100 degrees Celsius. This is the temperature needed to generate sufficient power to propel these massive power generators.

This new renewable energy project in Abu Dhabi is being called Masdar city and when it is completed it is expected to be able to produce about 12,000 cubic metres of water every day. It is not due to be completed until 2013 and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has recently started on-site research and is currently using water from Abu Dhabi’s supply to test what the current carbon emission levels are and to study ways of reducing this. They aim to make Abu Dhabi carbon-neutral by the time Masdar city is built and operational.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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