Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted initiative advancing the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable and alternative energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s fossil fuel economy and the energy economy of the future – developing the "greenprint" for how we will live and work tomorrow. Backed by the stability and reputation of the Mubadala Development Company, an investment vehicle of the government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to the emirate’s long- term vision for the future of energy.
Masdar Power is one of the five integrated units of Abu Dhabi’s clean energy initiative – Masdar. Mandated to build and operate a portfolio of large scale renewable energy power projects, it is implementing major projects such as the Shams-One concentrated solar power plant in the UAE, as well as international projects including the London Array offshore wind farm, Torresol Energy’s Gemasolar solar thermal, Valle 1& 2 concentrated solar energy plants in Spain and a wind farm in Seychelles.
Through its partnerships and investments in technology-relevant to utility-scale renewable energy operating assets, Masdar Power aims to spearhead breakthroughs in the field of solar photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, onshore and offshore wind turbines.
London Array will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when built. The scheme will be located around 20 km from the Kent and Essex coasts in the outer Thames estuary. The wind farm will be connected by undersea cables to a new onshore substation, currently being built, at Cleve Hill, on the North Kent coast.
Offshore work on the first 630 MW phase of the wind farm, consisting of 175 wind turbines, started in March 2011 when the first foundation was installed. The first phase is expected to be complete by the end of 2012. London Array offshore wind power is being developed by a consortium comprising Dong Energy, E.ON and Masdar.