The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) responds to the objective of the UAE to support the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in its advancement of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources, particularly for developing countries. The Center also aims to develop regional knowledge and leadership in renewable energy assessment and mapping for the Arabian Peninsula and countries with similar climates, mainly in Africa.
ReCREMA was mandated by the UAE Government to develop national-level solar and wind resource mapping tools. The Center has been actively engaged in research in solar resource assessment, solar technologies and remote sensing fields for the past two years. Through local and international collaborations, ReCREMA has developed regional knowledge and leadership in renewable energy assessment and mapping in arid and dusty environments.
On a domestic level, in addition to human capital development, a renewable energy atlas will allow for generation of data adapted to the specific conditions in the UAE and other similar climactic regions. Greater accuracy and coverage will help to attract inward investment into the national renewable energy sector and can underpin policy decisions on legal and financing frameworks.
The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment at Masdar Institute was launched officially in April 2012. The founding members of the Center are: the UAE Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Separate collaboration agreements were signed with the following local and international partners including: the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UAE National Center of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), Total Energy (France) and ParisTech (France).
Director of ReCREMA