Climatic Conditions Make Abu Dhabi Ideal for Commercial Production of Biofuels from Algae
(United Arab Emirates/AMEInfo.com) Abu Dhabi’s abundant sunshine and climate make it a near-ideal location for growing algae for commercial production of biofuels. Such unique geographic and climatic conditions further enhance the opportunity for the Emirate to become a leading developer of clean and sustainable technologies.
An interdisciplinary research team assembled by Dr Hector H. Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, is currently undertaking an algae research project.
The team uses a holistic approach to the development of a research programme that covers all the individual pieces of the algae research project.
These include isolation and characterization of the algae, genetic engineering of the algae for specific products, large scale growth facilities design and implementation, bio-refinery design for fuel and other valuable products, as well as technoeconomic analysis of the whole process chain.
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