• Primary Program Policy and Decision Science
  • Research Interests Clean energy transition, and energy technology innovation and renewables integration in the electricity grid

Biography

Noura’s previous postings include post-doctoral research fellow at the mechanical engineering department at MIT, manager of strategy and marketing at AREVA and research assistant at the Center for Global Energy Studies in London. She maintains a visiting scholar status at MIT and is also a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader.

Noura has authored papers and studies on energy and transition paths to sustainable economies, energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the Saudi electricity sector, carbon capture and storage, solar photovoltaics, sustainable desalination systems, solar desalination and nuclear desalination in Saudi Arabia.

 

Publications

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  • External journal articles
Toward A Sustainable Agriculture Sector: Policy Options for Reducing Water Use in Abu Dhabi’s Agriculture Sector

Toward A Sustainable Agriculture Sector: Policy Options for Reducing Water Use in Abu Dhabi’s Agriculture Sector

Water shortages are a global challenge, with one third of the world’s population still without access to clean water. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries face a scarcity of water resources due to their dry climates. The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) renewable water resources are below the United Nations’ water scarcity threshold, and its water usage far exceeds the natural recharge rate by as much as 26-fold. This study investigates the water-agriculture nexus in the emirate of Abu Dhabi and provides policy options for reducing water use in the agriculture sector to sustainable levels. 

March 9, 2020
The Saudi Nuclear Energy Project

The Saudi Nuclear Energy Project

Saudi Arabia’s nuclear energy program has been a subject of intense speculation recently, especially since the establishment of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE) by Royal Order No. A/90 in 2010. In 2012, the government announced a new planned energy mix, including 12 nuclear reactors. This created a lot of interest from and aggressive competition among international energy companies that wanted to take part in the reactors’ development. These companies opened offices in the Kingdom and recruited locally to establish teams that could tender for this ambitious project. KA-CARE was clear that localization was a prerequisite for vendor selection.

March 25, 2020
Are Small Modular Reactors a Good Option for Saudi Arabia?

Are Small Modular Reactors a Good Option for Saudi Arabia?

Since the start of nuclear power in the 1950s, nuclear generation technology has continually transformed and developed. Following the three major nuclear accidents, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima, nuclear power has become more robust, safer and more secure.

November 3, 2019
Does nuclear desalination make sense for Saudi Arabia?

Does nuclear desalination make sense for Saudi Arabia?

Desalination Journal

2016
Greening the Black Gold: Saudi Arabia’s quest for a cleaner energy transition

Greening the Black Gold: Saudi Arabia’s quest for a cleaner energy transition

CreateSpace

2013

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