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Masdar and GE announce smart link-up

Pilot programme to investigate reduced power consumption of appliances

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Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar (left) at the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in January.
Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar (left) at the Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in January.

Abu Dhabi's Masdar City and GE Consumer & Industrial have announced a pilot programme that will investigate the reduction of peak power demand via the use of 'smart' home appliances.

GE has specifically designed the appliances and networks for this pilot, which will start in early 2010 at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), the first building to be completed at the site.

“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.

“Participating in such a significant, globally relevant experience by bringing leadership technology to this program is extremely exciting for our business.”

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 it also will assist Masdar City in planning and designing its smart power grid in order to achieve its carbon-neutral, zero-waste, 100%-renewable-energy-powered objectives.

“This is a significant milestone in the realisation of our vision to see Masdar City become not only a global centre 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 Dr. Sultan Al Jaber.

“Working with industry-leading partners such as GE, Masdar City is creating a community of prominent companies, organizations and academic institutions committed to finding solutions to humankind’s toughest challenges.”

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