Siemens to move into Masdar City
Siemens to become largest occupants of eco-city so far.
Siemens are to move their regional headquarters to Masdar City, becoming the emerging eco-city’s largest occupants so far. The company will install a power grid and building technologies aimed at monitoring and reducing energy consumption in Phase I of the development.
As part of the partnership agreement signed between Masdar CEO Sultan Al Jaber and Siemens CEO Peter Loescher in London on Tuesday, the two companies will also team up to research energy efficiency and carbon storage and capture.
The Siemens Middle East headquarters facilities in Masdar City will occupy 18,000 square metres that could be extended to a total of 25,000 square metres in the longer term, and accommodate almost 2,000 staff.
In the first phase, Siemens will lease 12,000sqm of space which is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2013. The facilities will host major corporate facilities including a Centre of Excellence for Smart Buildings and a Leadership Development and Conference Centre for both customer and corporate use.
“Masdar is a global pioneer in clean tech initiatives. We are proud to be the strategic partner for this groundbreaking project,” said Peter Löscher, President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG. “It also highlights our strong relationship with Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates.”
This strategic framework agreement also makes the German company a major investor in the Masdar Clean Tech Funds I and II.
The research and development aspect of the partnership with the Masdar Institute is Siemens’ largest global investment of its kind with a science and technology organisation. It comprises a long term R&D program for Smart Grid, Smart Buildings, and Carbon Capture and Storage and will manifest itself in grants, scholarships and educational programs for the advancement of the knowledge economy in the United Arab Emirates.
Siemens will provide integrated building automation technologies and jointly develop smart grid applications for the initial phase of Masdar City that will optimise energy consumption. The R&D facility will collect user data and consumer reaction to shape product design and automation while supporting Masdar City to achieve their energy efficiency targets.
The energy solution will function by integrating several Building Management Systems (BMS) and vertically linking them to an advanced energy Distribution Management System (DMS). By joining a number of buildings and consumer types, such as residential, commercial and educational, across a BMS, Masdar and Siemens will be able to track and influence energy consumption. By connecting the BMS to the DMS, the ability to implement end-to-end demand response from the utility direct to consumers will be created.
In addition, Siemens will collaborate with Masdar and the Masdar Institute to optimise the technical and economic aspects of environmentally friendly post-combustion Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). CCS technologies capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from sources such as fossil fuel power plants and preventing the release of emissions into the atmosphere by using the CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery or permanently storing the CO2 in geological structures such as oil reservoirs or deep saline acquifers.