The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) was established in 2007 in Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as an independent non-profit graduate level research university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technology. In February 2017 MI merged with the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), and the Petroleum Institute (PI), to produce one world-class, research-intensive institution, to develop world leaders and critical thinkers in applied science and engineering, called the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KU).

At KU, Masdar Institute continues to play a critical role in the research structure and culture of the university, serving as an interdisciplinary research unit focused on long-term strategic priorities, which engages a critical mass of faculty. KU’s sustainability-focused research centers are primarily grouped under the Masdar Institute. As a research institute, MI also connects fundamental research with practical application through its partnership with local and international organizations, like the major renewable energy and sustainable urban development leader Masdar. 

The UAE is developing into an icon for innovation and knowledge-based economic development in an environment where public and private sectors form effective partnerships. Masdar Institute is well positioned to support these UAE efforts in the areas of sustainable energy and the environment. As the UAE’s premier cross-disciplinary institution for clean energy, water and the environment, Masdar Institute continues to seek the most efficient and cost-effective solutions for the UAE. We will focus on further developing areas of strength in the new decade, while at the same time supporting innovative ideas where we can achieve the greatest impact. Masdar Institute will lead in a new decade of great opportunities driven by new ways of producing, storing and utilizing energy, both in UAE and around the world. 


To conduct applied and fundamental research and development of the key technologies required to advance the development and adoption of commercially viable solutions in renewable energy in the UAE and beyond.

  • – 60+ multi-disciplinary faculty affiliated with MI
  • – 4 specialized research centers
  • – State-of-the-art research facilities including the Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP), Field Station, and electrochemistry lab
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Dr. Samuel Mao Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering & Senior Director of Masdar Institute

Masdar Institute Development and Demonstration Facilities
Masdar Institute Solar Platform Masdar Institute Solar Platform

Masdar Institute Solar Platform (MISP) is designed to spur the development of UAE-tailored concentrating solar power (CSP) and thermal energy storage (TES) technologies. The innovative CSP research conducted through the platform will lead to more affordable and efficient solar technologies, intended to give a critical boost to the UAE’s solar power generation capacity.

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Masdar Institute Solar Platform

Masdar Institute Field Station Masdar Institute Field Station

The Masdar Institute Field Station is a stand-alone building with advanced cooling and day-lighting systems, among other remarkable features. It is fitted with building-integrated photovoltaic panels. The prototype day-lighting system is active and relies on two sun-tracking day-light collectors on the roof for collecting day-time sunlight.

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Masdar Institute Field Station

Environmental Monitoring Platform Environmental Monitoring Platform

Khalifa University of Science and Technology deployed a state-of-the-art biometeorological station at Abu Dhabi’s Mangrove National Park. The station is part of a broader effort initiated by the Masdar Institute Environmental Monitoring Platform (MIEMP), which is aimed at strengthening the environmental monitoring capability of the region and has become the first eddy-covariance station in the Arabian Peninsula to join the FLUXNET network.

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Environmental Monitoring Platform

Electrochemistry Laboratory Electrochemistry Laboratory

The innovative laboratory for Electrochemical Engineering is a unique shared facility that aims at developing advanced alternative energy and sustainable technologies. Electrochem will expand the usability of available resources in Abu Dhabi via Electrochemical Engineering to develop electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices. Another focus of Electrochem is to explore co-generation of power and water via electrochemical methods, and to study corrosion and propose solutions tailored to Abu Dhabi’s high humidity environment.

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Electrochemistry Laboratory