x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

UAE Red Crescent aid is solar-powered

Using solar technologies to provide humanitarian relief - this is the goal of a framework agreement signed yesterday between clean energy company, Masdar, and the UAE Red Crescent Authority.

Solar technology will be used to provide humanitarian relief under an agreement between the clean energy company Masdar and the UAE Red Crescent Authority.

The partnership aims to develop renewable energy projects involving solar water-pumping systems, solar-powered desalination plants and solar home electricity generators for humanitarian aid.

Under the agreement - signed by Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, the chief executive of Masdar, and the authority's secretary general Dr Mohammed Atiq Al Falahi - Masdar will be the exclusive management consultant for renewable energy projects in regions that receive Red Crescent assistance.

"The advancement of technology has always played a vital role in advancing societies and improving our standard of living," said Dr Al Jaber. "Today, the rapid development of renewable energy technology is creating new opportunities for how wind and solar power can be applied.

"For underserved communities, and countries facing economic uncertainty, delivering access to sustainable energy can be an economic boost and create a trajectory for progress.

"With more than a billion people who do not have access to electricity, renewable energy has the potential to deliver a tremendous economic and social impact."

Dr Al Falahi said the agreement shows how modern solutions can be used to tackle world problems.

"This cooperation underscores the growing role renewable energy can play in providing relief to underserved communities and establishing pathways for economic development," he said.

"Together with Masdar, the Red Crescent is extending the UAE's commitment to humanitarian aid to the countries that need it most.

"The UAE Red Crescent is committed and ready to deliver assistance when and where it is needed."

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