Solar plane completes historic world trip

A solar-powered plane has completed the final journey of its global flight, landing in Abu Dhabi. Solar Impulse concluded an 18-month trip today, flying a total of 40,000 kilometres using clean technologies. The 17,000-panel aeroplane touched down in the UAE capital, where it began its journey last year, after flying more than 48 hours from […]

Solar plane takes off for around-the-world trip

A record-breaking attempt to fly around the world in a solar-powered plane has got under way. Called Solar Impulse-2, the aircraft took off from Abu Dhabi to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman yesterday. Piloted by Swiss co-founder and CEO André Borschberg, the zero-fuel, single-seater airplane landed in Oman after around 12 hours, covering 400 […]

Total wins stake in Abu Dhabi’s largest oil fields

Total has won a new deal to operate some of the largest onshore oil fields in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The French oil giant has been given a 10% share and signed a new 40-year onshore concession agreement with the Supreme Petroleum Council of Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). […]

$57m clean energy boost for developing nations

An Abu Dhabi fund is to provide $57 million (£37.6m) worth of loans for five renewable energy projects in developing countries. They will have a total capacity of 35MW and help bring sustainable power to more than 280,000 people in rural communities in nations including Argentina, Cuba and Iran. Projects include solar, hydro, hybrid, i.e. […]

Samoa opens first wind farm

Samoa officially opened its first wind farm today. Slap bang on the Samoan island of Upolu, home to nearly three quarters of the population, the wind farm will supply 1,500 MWh of power per year. The country which broke away from New Zealand in 1962 paid for the project through a $50 million fund specifically […]

Renewable energy sector employs 6.5m people worldwide

Around 6.5 million people were employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide last year, a new study reveals. The figure is a rise from the previous year when the sector provided around 5.7 million jobs, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said. The Abu-Dhabi based agency, which represents more than 150 countries, suggests renewable energy […]

Brighton wins praise for its rooftop farmers

Brighton Council has won plaudits for a scheme which encourages people to grow their own food. The World Green Building Council’s Government Leadership Awards go to local governments that have shown leadership in sustainable building policies. Praiseworthy projects were unveiled at the UN’s COP19 climate change conference in Warsaw. Brighton was given an honourable mention for […]

Abu Dhabi firm buys BP’s North Sea assets

Abu Dhabi’s national energy company has acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea from BP. TAQA has taken over as operator of the Harding field and production platform in the Central North Sea, which is expected to add 20,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. The company acquired the BP assets for $1,058 […]

Abu Dhabi’s scorching ‘£1bn’ Green Investment Bank plans

Abu Dhabi is said to be planning a scorching amount of investment with the Green Investment Bank (GIB) in the UK’s clean energy sector. Tomorrow Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s state-backed renewable energy company will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the GIB during a state visit to the UK by President of the United Arab Emirates, […]

‘World’s largest’ concentrated solar plant goes live

The oil-rich state of Abu Dhabi has officially opened the “world’s largest” concentrated solar power plant – representing a major milestone in renewable energy development in the Middle East. With a total capacity of 100MW, the $600 million (£393m) Shams 1 plant is expected to generate clean electricity to power around 20,000 homes in the […]