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Masdar signs Preferred Partnership Agreement with China’s BYD to further clean energy solutions

12 Apr 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 April 2016 – Cityscape Abu Dhabi today saw the announcement of a Preferred Partnership Agreement between Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, and BYD Company Ltd, a leading Chinese corporation specialising in clean and energy-efficient technologies.

The agreement will initially focus on promoting the commercialisation of clean transport and battery storage systems, potentially expanding to include activities such as solar panel technology for utility scale and rooftop projects, LED lighting, and solar-powered street lighting.

BYD – which stands for ‘Build Your Dreams’ – is one of China’s largest companies and the world’s largest maker of rechargeable batteries. In January, the company won the Zayed Future Energy Prize in the Large Corporation category, in recognition of its global expansion and mission to promote safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies.

The success marked the first occasion on which the prestigious award was presented to a Chinese company.

The Chairman and Founder of BYD, Wang Chuanfu, was also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2014 for his personal dedication to sustainability and clean technology innovation for more than 20 years.

Mohamed Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: “Today’s agreement is the basis for a long-term partnership that will add further value to the advanced R&D already taking place at Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and will strengthen the City’s positioning as an ‘innovation ecosystem’ connecting R&D, education, business and investment.

“We are looking forward to working with BYD on a range of cutting-edge projects, and to integrating their expertise as we pursue the many growth opportunities in the clean energy sector, particularly in the Middle East & North Africa.”

Established in 1995, BYDspecialises in batteries for mobile devices, grid-tied energy storage and electric vehicles (EVs), and today has a market capitalisation of more than US$19 billion.

As well as being the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, BYD is the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles and is a leader in electrified public transportation.

With a presence in more than 200 cities in 48 countries, the company sold more than 70,000 EVs in 2015 alone.

Through its manufacture of electric cars and buses, and 1GW of photovoltaic (PV) production capacity, BYD has helped secure significant carbon emission reductions. For example, a single BYD electric car operated as a taxi saves more than 14,900 litres of fuel per year compared with a conventional car – with 34 tonnes of CO2 emissions prevented.

The Preferred Partnership Agreement will see Masdar City provide a platform to showcase BYD technology and access to ongoing research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, as well as to the many demonstration projects active across the City, such as the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) driverless vehicles programme and Electric Energy Storage Solutions Hub.

AD Huang, General Manager of the Middle Eastern and African Region for BYD, said: “Our partnership with Masdar is an additional source of inspiration to realise new energy and technology solutions that also protect the environment. The agreement will raise our profile in the UAE and the wider Middle East, and help us to deliver on our ‘Three Green Dreams’ for the region: affordable solar power generation, efficient energy storage and electrified public transportation.”

Masdar City’s existing projects and future expansion are on show at a dedicated exhibition stand throughout Cityscape Abu Dhabi, the real estate exhibition and conference running until April 14.


About Masdar

Masdar is Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company working to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies and solutions. The company serves as a link between today’s hydrocarbon economy and the energy economy of the future. Wholly owned by the Mubadala Development Company PJSC, the strategic investment company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, Masdar is dedicated to realising the UAE’s long-term vision for energy and water security.

About BYD

Since its inception in 1995 in Shenzhen, China, BYD Company Ltd. quickly grew into a green-tech giant and relentless advocate of sustainable development, as well as a pioneer in successfully expanding its New Energy solutions globally. Specialising in battery technologies, its sustainability mission to create a Zero Emission Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made the company an industry leader in the energy and technology sectors.

BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, and its quest for creating safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies led to the development of its proprietary Iron-Phosphate Battery – a long-cycle, lengthened lifespan, fire-safe and completely recyclable battery – that has become the core of its clean energy platform, extending into comprehensive ground transportation and energy storage solutions. BYD and its shareholders – among them notable American investor Warren Buffett – see sustainable development through technological advancement in products and solutions as the only way into the future.

BYD’s efforts, perseverance, social responsibility and accomplishments in sustainability have garnered widespread global recognition. 2015 was a year of outstanding achievements for the company: five years after they were first introduced, its Electrified Public Transportation solutions – with pure electric taxis and buses now running in more than 190 cities worldwide – have accumulated hundreds of millions of kilometres, representing colossal cuts in fossil fuel usage, thus preventing over 240 million tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere. BYD also closed 2015 as the world’s largest New Energy automaker. In 2016, the company was granted the Large Corporation Award of the Zayed Future Energy Prize for its solid contribution to sustainable development in the energy sector. For more information, please visit us at www.byd.comor

About Masdar City

One of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, Masdar City in Abu Dhabi is enabling innovation in sustainability and clean technologies by integrating education, research & development, investment and business opportunity. It is an innovation ecosystem: a thriving community, a business and investment free zone, and a hub for knowledge creation and R&D realising pilot projects in the commercialisation of clean technologies. The nucleus of Masdar City is the Masdar Institute of Science & Technology (MI), the region’s first graduate-level university researching real-world technologies and solutions at the energy and water nexus.

  • Through initiatives such as Masdar City, Masdar is helping to realise a template – or ‘green-print’ – for sustainable urban development in the UAE and potentially other countries.


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