AlgaeWorld MENA

25-27 Feb, 2013 - Dubai
Radisson BLU Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek
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Day 1 - [25 Feb, 2013 - Monday]
Morning Registration
Chairman’s Introduction
Dato'.Paduka Syed Isa Syed Alwi, Managing Director
Algaetech International Sdn Bhd
Implementation of the Saudi Arabia Biorefinery Algae project
- identify algae species native to the Saudi Arabia coastal waters
Prof.Radhouan Ben-Hamadou, Research Associate
Centre of Marine Sciences (CIMAR) / Algarve Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)
Developing systems-based tools towards optimizing algal metabolism for increased lipid production
- avoiding contamination in large scale ponds
- isolation and screening of suitable algae strains
Prof.Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani, Associate Professor of Biology
New York University Abu Dhabi
Discussion followed by Coffee
Saline algae culture for biofuel production
Dr.Navid Moheimani, Senior Lecturer - Algae R&D Centre
Murdoch University
Developments on Algae Higher Value Added Products
Overview on Culture of Dunaliella salina for induction and extraction of B-carotene in Kuwait
Read topic abstract here
Prof.Tawfiq Saleh Abu-Rezq, Research Scientist
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
South Africa - Production of Omega 3 Fatty Acid EPA & High Value Added Products from Microalgae
Dr .Dheepak Maharajh, Science Innovation Leader
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR Biosciences)
First Commercial Spirulina Project in Jordan: Obstacles and Success
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Dr .Sami Y Kamal, General Manager
BioEnergy Tech Co
Discussion followed by Lunch
Project initiatives in the region
Converting Algae Biomass to Energy Products in the UAE
- Potential for Scaling up
a) the different feeds and enhancers
b) algae species
c) water quality and consumption
d) location of the pilot relative to the feed source.
- different product lines from the algae including testing of the algae biodiesel on test engine and bus
Prof.Yousef Al Hayek
United Arab Emirates University
- Feasibility of Egyptian algae isolates and potentialities of some freshwater microalgae grown in outdoor open ponds as renewable resources for biofuels,animal feed and organic fertilizers.
Prof.Mohammad Abdel-Hamid, Associate Professor
University of Mansoura
Strategic Context of Qatar Advanced Biofuel Platform

-cyanobacterial and microalgal strain selection

- strain characterization

-fuel optimization

- demonstration facility

-pre-commercial pilot plant and large scale trials

- comparative methods for outdoor growth

Prof Dr.Malcolm Potts, Principal Investigator
Qatar University
Discussion followed by Tea
Bio-remediation of Industrial Waste Streams for the Sustainable Production of Valuable Products and Environmental gain.
Mr.Enrico Bombardieri, Executive Director
MBD Energy Limited
Membrane Separation & Concentration Technology for Harvesting Algae

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Pall Corporation

Mr.Doug Dilillo, Global Marketing Lead Industrial Biotechnology
Pall Corporation (HQ)
Final Discussion. End of Day 1

 Networking Reception for All Speakers & Delegates

18:00 - 19:00


Day 2 - [26 Feb, 2013 - Tuesday]
Chairman’s Remarks
Dr.John R. Benemann, CEO
MicroBio Engineering, Inc.
Direct Conversion of Algal Oils to Jet and Diesel Fuels
Mr.Mark Reno
Using produced water from oil & gas to cultivate algae
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Mr.Paul Laur, CEO / President
Eldorado Biofuels, LLC
Discussion followed by Coffee
Isolation and characterization of microalgae strains from the United Arab Emirates for biofuels and other high value chemicals.
Prof.Hector H. Hernandez, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Co-Production of Biofuels and Value-Added By-products from Algae
Prof. Dr.Robert M. Baldwin, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Microalgae Bioindustry: from lab to demo scale. AlgaEnergy Case Study and its next milestone, the Biorefinery concept.
Dr.Bernardo Llamas, R&D Manager
Algaenergy SA
Final Discussion. End of Conference.

Separately Bookable Workshop

Algae and CO2 Capture
(Process Economics & Cultivation Efficiency)

26 Feb 2013, Tuesday

14:00 - 17:00 hrs.

Dr.Navid Moheimani, Senior Lecturer - Algae R&D Centre
Murdoch University
Techno-economic analysis on the carbon capture technologies available
Credits for flue gas, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCM),  Sahara project 
Mr.Keith Whiriskey, Geologist
The Bellona Environmental CCS Team (BEST)
Discussion followed by Tea Break
Developing and evaluating approaches for managing the variable nature of both CO2 emissions and algal growth rates/CO2 uptake
-Past, current projects using flue gas CO2 sources to grow algae, status, outcomes.
Dr.John R. Benemann, CEO
MicroBio Engineering, Inc.
Effects of various flue gases on algae production and co-product quality

-  Do microalgae biomass systems need addition of CO2 for high productivity?

-  Flue gas contaminants and effects on algae productivity and products

Dr.Navid Moheimani, Senior Lecturer - Algae R&D Centre
Murdoch University
Advantages & barriers of co-locating algae pond with CO2 industrial sources

- Processes of capturing and utilizing flue-gas CO2 for algae production,

- Economies of scale vs. decentralized production: parasitic losses in CO2 transport

Dr.Navid Moheimani, Senior Lecturer - Algae R&D Centre
Murdoch University
Final Discussion. End of workshop
Day 3 - [27 Feb, 2013 - Wednesday]
Optional Site Visit to Masdar Institute and the Algae Research Laboratory
Depart Hotel Lobby
Arrive Masdar Institute
Tour for 2 hours
Depart Masdar
Arrive back to Hotel

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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