AlgaeWorld MENA
25-27 Feb, 2013 - Dubai
Radisson BLU Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
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Masdar researches algae-based biofuels

Oct 31, 2012 Construction Week


In the UAE, Lootah Biofuels and AlgaeOil Ltd have signed an MOU to mergetheir expertise and begin mass production of algae-based biofuels in Dubai.
Oct 15, 2012, Biofuels Digest


The Mideast region has been pursuing ground-breaking renewable energy and energy efficiency programmes over the last few years . Algae biofuels presents a good opportunity for the region with its large tracts of non-arable land and favourable climatic conditions, the Mideast and North Africa region has the potential to develop a robust research, development and market deployment plan for a comprehensive microalgal biomass-based biorefinery approach
Scientists in the UAE are taking centre stage in research on how to convert algae into energy.


Algae researches from strain identification, species identification, feedstock cultivation, harvesting and extraction, conversion into biodiesel and fuel quality testing are already being conducted aggresively by academicians in collaboration with bioenergy companies.


CMT brings to you the first Algae event in the Mideast to explore the tremendous potential and opportunities on developing algae projects in the region. Key highlights

  • Masdar - developing novel strategies for the use of algae-derived biomass for energy and other commercially relevant molecules.
  • Qatar - Update from Qatar Airways, as partners in the Qatar Advanced Biofuel Platform (QAPB) consortium to develop the first large-scale algae bio-jet fuel value chain in the world
  • Abu Dhabi University - Engineering algae native to UAE for higher lipid production
  • Perspective from Australia MBD Energy Bio-remediation of Industrial Waste Streams for the Sustainable Production of Valuable Products and Environmental gain
  • Perspective from the US - Eldorado Biofuels - Growing algae in the deserts of New Mexico from produced oil & gas water
  • Perspective from Europe - Algaenergy - Algae Biorefinery approach
  • Commercialising algae in Egypt, significance of algal biomass as feasible feedstock of jet fuel, environmental protection and management, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals.

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Separately Bookable Workshop

Algae and CO2 Capture

(Process Economics & Cultivation Efficiency)

26th Feb 2013, 14:00 - 17:00 hrs.


Led by

Navid Moheimani, Senior Lecturer Algae R&D Centre School of BiologicalSciencesand Biotechnology, Murdoch University

Navid is a senior lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology at Murdoch University. He is a senior algae technical specialist who has over 11 years experience as an applied phycologist and been involved in biofuel production from microalgae in both industry and academic. Navid is currently a leading biologist at Algae R&D Centre. He is mainly involved in developing "large-scale microalgae culture for biofuel production". He has experience in algae growth, dewatering and post harvest technologies, conventional and unconventional biofuel production, and also developing life cycle analysis for algae to biofuel production.


Mr Keith Whiriskey, Geologist /Programme Director for Carbon Capture and Storage Bellona Foundation


Keith holds a MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) from University of Edinburgh. Before joining Bellona, he worked as a geologist for Rio Tinto. At Bellona he specialises in CCS capture technology, geological CO2 storage, CCS policy and incentives


Dr John Benemann, CEO/ Founder, MicroBio Engineering


John holds a B.S. Chemistry and Ph.D. Biochemistry  from the University of California Berkeley.  He did his Postdoctoral work at U.C. San Diego, . Currently the Founder-director  of the Institute for Environmental Management, Inc., a not-for-profit R&D organization active in solid waste management   and also Founder/CEO of MicroBio Engineering, a wastewater and algal biofuels research- engineering company Also independent consultant and active in several scientific organizations, author of over a hundred publications and presenter/ keynote speaker at many conferences


Optional Site Visit to
Masdar Institute and the Algae Research Laboratory
27th Feb, 2013, Wednesday


Tour of Masdar Institute and the Algae Research Laboratory


Masdar Institute and the Algae Research Laboratory are located on the grounds of Masdar City, one of the world’s most sustainable communities for technology. Masdar City is an emerging global hub for knowledge, business, research and development. Located 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Masdar City positions companies located here at the heart of this global industry. Masdar City not only embodies Abu Dhabi’s commitment to a sustainable future but also is pioneering best practices in sustainable urban planning, design, development and operation.


During your visit you will tour Masdar City, learn about Masdar’s sustainability efforts and how Masdar Institute plays an integral part of the realization of that vision. In addition, you will tour the Masdar Institute’s Algae Research Laboratory, see the facilities, and learn how research in the laboratory is identifying and developing native algae strains to bolster the emerging algae industry in the UAE.

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Algae from UAE desert saltflats could be biofuel of the future

Feb 17, 2013 The National


QDVC launches first phase of algae carbon sequestration project in Qatar

Dec 08, 2012


Abu Dhabi Researches Algae-Derived Biofuels

Oct 31, 2012 Nuqudy


Capital climate spurs algae growth, good for biofuel mass production

Oct 31, 2012 Gulftoday


Saudi Arabia Biorefinery from Algae (SABA) Project

Oct 07, 2012 EcoMena


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Who Will You Meet


- Algae Producers - Renewable Energy Investors - Biofuel/Ethanol Industry - Heavy Industries - Cement, Steel etc - Power Plants - Distilleries - Venture Capitalists - Institutional Investors - Financial Institutions - Industry players - Oil, Gas Cos - Refineries - Biotech Engineering Cos - Airlines - Government Departments and Agencies - Research Consortiums - Cos in nutritional, health, high value added products - Animal Feed Producers - Aquaculture Industries - Food Science Cos - Technology Providers from Algae cultivation to downstream processing technologies



Higher Value-Added Products from MicroAlgae – Projects in the Mideast
Posted on : 22 Jan, 2013


The higher value-added co-products segment is growing and is one of the key drivers of the algae industry. Continuous market growth is expected as more research and development is being made in this area, proving algae to be rich in ingredients that are useful in pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, or simply as an alternative source of nutrients such as Omega-3. 


The vast biodiversity of microalgae serves as a huge resource pool for R&D, with the species presenting different compounds and functional ingredients. This segment will thus push the commercial viability of privately-funded algae projects as consumer trends put health products in a favorable position.


AlgaeWorld MENA in Dubai on 25-27 February 2013 delves into current core drivers of the algae industry, including developments in algae higher value-added products.


For more information or enquiries, please contact Ms. Leelin at or Tel. 65 6346 9146.  

قمة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا العالمية للطحالب في دبي تستقطب أخصائيي وخبراء الطحالب
Posted on : 22 Jan, 2013


دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدّة - (بزنيس واير):تبرز منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا كمركز رئيسي للبحث والتطوير فيما يتعلق بالمنتجات القائمة على الطحالب وذلك من خلال أحدث مشاريع البحث والتقنية في قطر وجامعة أبو ظبي ومعهد "مصدر" وجامعة المنصورة في مصر ومعهد الكويت للأبحاث العلمية. وستشهد قمة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا العالمية للطحالب، التي ينظمها مركز تكنولوجيا الإدارة، وتنعقد في دبي من 25 إلى 27 فبراير، أكبر تجمّع لخبراء الطحالب لتحليل وتقييم النموّ المستقبلي للاقتصاد المرتكز على الطحالب.

تتمتع منطقة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا بمناخ جغرافيّ مثاليّ من حيث المعايير الأساسيّة لنموّ الطحالب، حيث تتوفر أرض واسعة غير صالحة للزراعة، ووفرة في أشعة الشمس ومياه الصرف الصحي وغاز ثاني أكسيد الكربون، كما شهدت المنطقة استثمارات كبيرة في مشاريع قائمة على الطحالب.

تقوم مدينة "مصدر"، وهي واحدة من أبرز المشاريع في هذا القطاع، على جهود واسعة النطاق ومستمرة في مجال البحث والتطوير تركز على الطاقة المتجددة والاستدامة. سيقوم البروفيسور هيكتور إتش. هرنانديز، أستاذ مساعد في مجال الهندسة الكيميائية؛ والبروفسور الدكتور روبرت إم. بالدوين، أستاذ الهندسة الكيميائيّة في معهد "مصدر" للعلوم والتكنولوجيا؛ بتشارك وجهات نظرهما حول تطوير سلالات الطحالب الدقيقة من الإمارات العربية المتحدة، والكيماويات ذات القيمة العالية، بالإضافة إلى الإنتاج المشترك للوقود الحيوي والمنتجات الثانوية ذات القيمة المضافة.

ستوّفر آخر التحديثات الصادرة عن مشروع الخطوط الجوية القطرية والمشروع السعودي لمعامل التكرير الإحيائية للطحالب، والتي تشمل مشروع طحلب "دوناليلا سالينا" الكويتي ومشروع "سبيرولينا" الأردني الأول؛ تقييماً شاملاً للتقدّم الذي تم إحرازه حتى الآن.

ولإضافة القيمة إلى مشاركتكم، يقدّم مركز تكنولوجيا الإدارة "سي إم تي" ورشة عمل عن "الطحالب والتقاط ثاني أكسيد الكربون (اقتصاد العملية وكفاءة الزراعة)" يتم الحجز لها بشكل منفصل. كما تمّ الترتيب لزيارة ميدانية اختياريّة لمعهد "مصدر" ولمختبر أبحاث الطحالب وذلك للحصول على فهم أكثر تعمّقاً حول خبرة وقدرة المنطقة في مجال الطحالب.

وكان مركز تكنولوجيا الإدارة، المُنَظّم المؤتمرات العالمي، قد قام مؤخراً بتنظيم الدورة الخامسة من قمة آسيا العالمية للطحالب، في نوفمبر 2012 في سنغافورة، والتي سجّلت نجاحاً كبيراً.

للمزيد من المعلومات عن قمة الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا العالمية للطحالب، الرجاء زيارة الرابط الإلكتروني التالي:

إنّ نصّ اللغة الأصلية لهذا البيان هو النسخة الرسمية المعتمدة. أمّا الترجمة فقد قدِمتْ للمساعدة فقط، ويجب الرجوع لنصّ اللغة الأصلية الذي يمثّل النسخة الوحيدة ذات التأثير القانوني.


MENA  strives for pole position in Algae Value Chain…From Food to Chemicals to Energy!
Posted on : 06 Dec, 2012


From Indian subcontinent to MidEAST to North Africa…there are a host of renewable businesses and in particular, algae with a wide range of fast track initiatives. The move towards Microalgal based biorefinery economy is being led by leading agencies across India, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and North Africa. Businesses, research institutes and universities are actively defining their positions in the MENA algae value chain and driving front line algae to energy research.


However, questions remain as to the economic and sustainable viability of MENA algae based projects despite the region being advantaged with large non arable land, geo climatic patterns and vast coastal landscape. How the region will resolve research, technology, production and delivery challenges remains to be seen.


CMT’s Algae World MENA 2013 plans to address the diverse complexities in geo politics, technology and business models in the region. The summit will bring together leading regional and global experts from research institutes and universities from UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, EU, Australia and US and leading industry players like MBD Energy, Algaenergy, and Eldorado Biofuels to deliberate and strategize on the future road map for MENA algae industry.


The summit also features an advanced executive level workshop module on “Algae and Carbon Capture” with specific emphasis on process economics and cultivation efficiency. For more information on the summit please contact




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Speaker Profile

Prof. Dr.Robert M. Baldwin

Robert Baldwin

Dr. Robert M. Baldwin holds the degrees Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University (USA) and the PhD degree in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). Dr. Baldwin spent 30 years as a faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines....
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Prof. Dr.Robert M. Baldwin, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Co-Production of Biofuels and Value-Added By-products from Algae
Day 2 [Tue 26, February], at 11:10 AM

Mr.Doug Dilillo

Doug DiLillo

Doug DiLillo is the Global Marketing Lead for Industrial BioTechnology at Pall Corporation, an S&P 500 company.   Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) is a filtration, separation and purification leader providing Total Fluid ManagementSM (TFM) solutions to meet the critical needs of customers in biopharmaceutical, hospita....
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Mr.Doug Dilillo, Global Marketing Lead Industrial Biotechnology
Pall Corporation (HQ)
Membrane Separation & Concentration Technology for Harvesting Algae
Day 1 [Mon 25, February], at 04:30 PM

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