Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) is to build perhaps the world’s greenest city, which will be powered largely by photovoltaic panels and concentrated solar power, by 2015 with its partner and adviser, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The 6 km2 project, to be located near Abu Dhabi International Airport, is claimed to be the world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste and car-free city.

The model of Masdar City was unveiled this week at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, reports UAE Today. Ground will be broken for the construction of the City in the first quarter of this year.

The city’s electricity will be generated by photovoltaic panels, while cooling will be provided via concentrated solar power and water will be provided through a solar-powered desalination plant. Landscaping within the city and crops grown outside it will be irrigated with grey water and treated waste water produced by the city’s water treatment plant.

The city is part of the Masdar Initiative, Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted investment in the exploration, development and commercialization of future energy sources and clean technology solutions.

The city, which is expected to grow eventually to 1500 businesses and 50,000 residents, will be home to international business in the field of sustainable and alternative energy.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO of the Masdar Initiative, considers that Masdar City will question conventional patterns of urban development, and set new benchmarks for sustainability and environmentally friendly design: ‘The students, faculty and businesses located in Masdar City will not only be able to witness innovation first-hand, but they will also participate in its development.’