THE ‘UAE Solar Atlas’developed by the Research Centre for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in collaboration with the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), has received the “Technology of The Year” award from the Middle East Solar Industry Association (Mesia).

The UAE Solar Atlas project was declared winner in the Technology category from among three shortlisted finalists at the second annual Middle East Solar Awards (Mesa). The award was presented to Dr Hosni Ghedira, Director of ReCREMA, at a gala ceremony that was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi. The Middle East Solar Awards acknowledge and celebrate exceptional talent and achievements in the solar sector in the Mena region.

Dr Fred Moavenzadeh, the president of Masdar Institute, said: “The Mesa 2013 Technology Award for the UAE Solar Atlas strongly indicates the extent of advanced technology tools and the special expertise available at Masdar Institute for a project of this magnitude. With the help of the country’s leadership, we have created resources that will continue to benefit the global community in identifying clean energy project sites for dynamic investments. All stakeholders including our faculty and staff deserve to be commended for this industry recognition.”

Dr Steve Griffiths, a member of the Mesia Board of Directors, said: “The UAE Solar Atlas project was selected as the winner for its technological contributions to advancing the state of solar power in the region and the technical expertise provided from ReCREMA at Masdar Institute. As an industry organisation that represents our stakeholders in the region, Mesa aims to acknowledge and reward the most remarkable technology developments in the solar arena. We congratulate Masdar Institute and the professionals behind the UAE Solar Atlas project for winning this award.”

A robust satellite-based solar mapping tool developed and validated by Masdar Institute scientists at ReCREMA was utilised for producing hourly/daily/yearly of three solar irradiance maps for the UAE Solar Atlas that is part of Irena’s Global Atlas.

Dr Hosni Ghedira said, “An accurate assessment of the spatial distribution of solar resources, with detailed and bankable data for specific potential sites, is designed to help attract investments for creating new solar energy capacity. The entire team at Masdar Institute’s ReCREMA deserves to be honoured for this industry recognition. We are also grateful to all the stakeholders for their support in making the UAE Solar Atlas project a remarkable  technological feat.”

Commissioned officially during the Rio+20 Summit in June 2012, the UAE Solar Atlas was made publicly available to the international community through the Global Atlas online portal that was developed by Irena. Masdar Institute was mandated to develop the UAE solar and wind energy resource maps, in addition to developing regional knowledge and leadership in renewable energy assessment and mapping for the Arabian Peninsula and countries with similar climate, mainly in Africa.