Solar power, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and smart grids are no new terms to students of Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. However, what the select seven UAE national students in Japan are currently being exposed to could be positively termed ,innovative sustainable technologies'.
The students from four Master's programmes are participating in an internship programme coordinated by Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). The second annual programme that runs from 18th May - 19th July is supported by the Japan's Ministry of Economy, Technology and Industry (METI).
Mohamed Al Musharrekh and Iman Ustadi are interning with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD, (MHI), while Abdulla Al Shammari is doing his internship at Chiyoda Corporation. JGC Corporation is hosting Jasem Al Hammadi and Majed Al Marzouqi, while Hitachi, Ltd., Infrastructure Systems Company has Hasan Alhashmi interning for the programme and Ahmed Mukhayer is spending the summer with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
Iman Ustadi, Research Assistant in Engineering Systems and Management Programme, interns with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, LTD, (MHI). Ustadi said, "The experience is beneficial, offering me a profound exposure to the latest technologies in various sectors of energy, waste and renewables. We were also lucky enough to visit MHI's power, CO2 and waste-to energy plants located at different prefectures in Japan." Ustadi's internship on waste-to-energy includes lectures, visits to plants in different regions of Japan, in addition to some technical and informative discussions with experts in the field.
As part of the programme, Majed Saeed Al Marzouqi visited a photovoltaic plant located in Oita City and the JGC laboratory located in Ueno City. As an intern, he is acquiring knowledge in the latest technologies in the fields of carbon capture, energy saving, and building of smart communities.
On completion of their internships, the seven Emirati students are set to bring these advanced technologies to the UAE for further development and enhancements.
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies. Serving as a key pillar of innovation and human capital, Masdar Institute remains fundamental to Masdar's core objectives of developing Abu Dhabi's knowledge economy and finding solutions to humanity's toughest challenges such as climate change.
Established as an on-going collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change through education and research.