Masdar researches algae-based biofuels
Oct 31, 2012 Construction Week Online.com
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.
Register your team today and enjoy group discounts. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Separately Bookable Workshop
Algae and CO2 Capture
(Process Economics & Cultivation Efficiency)
26th Feb 2013, 14:00 - 17:00 hrs.
Dr 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.