UAE and US unite for solar testing initiative

Masdar to collaborate with US Department of Energy to test PV modules

US and UAE to collaborate on PV module testing. (Getty Images)
US and UAE to collaborate on PV module testing. (Getty Images)

The US Department of Energy and Masdar have announced that they are to collaborate in testing the performance of specially coated solar photovoltaic modules, designed to avoid the moisture and cementation problems currently faced by PV manufacturers.

Developed by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the US federal lab dedicated to the research, development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy, the coatings have been selected for testing following exchanges of scientific and technical information with Masdar, including soil sample collection and site visits to Abu Dhabi.

The cooperation is a direct result of a Memorandum of Understanding, signed by the DoE and Masdar last year, to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies.
Dr Al Jaber, MD and CEO of Masdar, said: “This pilot project demonstrates the real, tangible benefits created by the ongoing cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America.

Our strong alignment in renewable energy research and development will not only benefit both of our nations, but also the global transition towards clean energy solutions.”
“Acting as a test-bed for the United States to evaluate new technologies affirms Masdar’s global leadership as a hub for collaboration in renewable energy and clean technology development,” added Dr. Al Jaber.

“It is a testament to Masdar’s commitment to work in parallel with global partners to advance the adoption of clean energy worldwide and foster human and scientific development.”


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