Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy

The Research Center for Renewable Energy Mapping and Assessment (ReCREMA) was established at Masdar Institute to support the UAE and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in their advancement of a publicly-accessible atlas of solar and wind resources. 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.

ReCREMA was launched at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MI) in April 2012 with its founding members, UAE Directorate of Energy and Climate Change, and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi. Separate collaboration agreements were signed with 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).