German President tours Masdar
Christian Wulff briefed by Masdar's CEO during visit
The President of Germany Christian Wulff has visited Masdar to experience the strategic long-term commitment Abu Dhabi is making to accelerate the development, adoption and deployment of clean technology and renewable energy.
The President met Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, and was provided with a comprehensive presentation of Masdar’s innovative approach to developing scalable and commercially viable clean technologies and renewable energy. The briefing covered all aspects of the value chain in the renewable energy sector including education; research and development; investment in clean technology; renewable energy power generation, carbon capture and storage, as well as sustainable and urban developments.
In an impromptu speech, the President commended the vision of the UAE leadership to combine sustainable growth with climate protection and encouraged German companies to find ways to collaborate and partner with Masdar. Using Siemens as an example, President Wulff said: “German companies and academic institutions should look for ways to collaborate with Masdar. The long-term strategic partnership with Siemens is an example of how cooperation between our nations can be successful. Similarly, academic institutions should find ways to partner with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology on innovative research and development projects.”
“Germany has played a major role in redefining the energy industry, helping pave the way for renewable energy around the world,” said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar. “It’s a great honour to host President Wulff and his delegation, as both our nations see the energy sector as an area for strategic investment and economic development.
“The visit by the President follows German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel’s visit to Masdar in May of last year,” added Dr. Al Jaber. “The UAE and Germany have similar visions for a clean energy future, and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship.