Masdar to develop pioneering solar technology

17 December 2007
Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s alternative energy project, and Japan’s Cosmo Oil Company have signed a contract with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to research and develop a new type of solar energy technology called 'beam down'.

Under the agreement, Masdar will build a 100-kW plant using the technology in Abu Dhabi by the end of 2008.

Existing solar tower plants use mirrors to direct sun rays onto a receiver at the top of a central tower.

The receiver uses the solar energy to heat air, which drives turbines on the ground.

The beam-down design inverts this process by placing the receiver at the bottom of the tower so that the plant requires less power to move the compressed air to the turbines.

Cosmo Oil and Masdar will invest millions of dollars in the research programme, which will be overseen by the Masdar Research Network, the international research and development arm of Masdar.

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