Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has signed a ground-breaking contract with renewables firm Masdar, based in Abu Dhabi. The partnership between Masdar and the Energy Technology Partnership will focus on the development of green energy products for new wind, solar, wave and tidal energy technology.
Mr Salmond said: “The signing of this agreement with Masdar is a rapid and valuable outcome from the high-level discussions I held with Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed al Nahyan and Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber just over two months ago in Abu Dhabi. This outcome is testament to the fact that Scotland is a world renewable energy champion and is continuing to play a major role in driving the global adoption of renewable sources of power, innovations in grid technology and R&D in wind turbine development."
“The innovative work being undertaken at the Masdar Institute is further indication that other nations are recognising the need to move to preserve the quality of the natural environment, which is one of the major global concerns facing us today and one of the most critical challenges of the 21st century."
“This ground-breaking agreement provides vitally important investment and development opportunities for both partners. It also enables us to work closely together, to share our respective expertise to help push and promote alternative energy sources at a global level, as the world seeks to address a broad range of climate change issues.
The agreement was signed during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.