German president urges tie-ups with Abu Dhabi's Masdar

Christian Wulff urges German firms to forge links with state-backed clean energy company
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German president Christian Wulff on Tuesday toured Abu Dhabi's Masdar City and the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology
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German president Christian Wulff views a model of Masdar City with Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber
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Once fully completed, Masdar will rely entirely on solar energy and other renewable energy sources, with a sustainable, zero-carbon, zero-waste ecology
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Wulff commended the vision of the UAE leadership to combine sustainable growth with climate protection
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He encouraged German companies to find ways to collaborate and partner with Masdar
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The VIP German delegation at Masdar with German president Christian Wulff and Masdar CEO Dr Sultan Al Jaber
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An exterior view of Masdar
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Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, president, Masdar Institute, with Wulff and Al Jaber
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Wulff was briefed about 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
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The President applauded Masdar’s bold strides and its successes in promoting the development, deployment and adoption of renewable energy, both internationally and locally
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Germany is pursuing one of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy targets
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In the first half of 2011 the country produced 20% of its electricity from renewable energy
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The UAE and Germany have multiple collaborative projects including partnerships with Siemens and E.ON