SDC Developing Techniques to Produce Bio-Crude Oil: Director
by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times) The Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) is now developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project, it was announced Monday.
QU had revealed the one-of-its-kind project in the region during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP18) in 2012 in Doha aimed at finding a way to produce affordable and sustainable biofuels.
“Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar’s arable land,” said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri.
In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing three types of biofuels: biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil.
These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry, al-Jabri pointed out.
In addition, al-Jabri said the project aims to invest in Qatar’s natural resources to create products that will contribute to economic diversification, in line with the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the national aspirations towards a knowledge-based economy.
About the role of CAS students in such research projects, al-Jabri said SDC welcomes students from various colleges across QU, assisting and supporting them in implementing their graduation projects at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“The students have the opportunity to contribute to the Centre’s research projects. Such opportunities help them enhance their knowledge and gain an in-depth experience in the field of research,” he pointed out. READ MORE
Qatar University Reveals Qatar Biofuel Project (Qatar University/Business Wire)