Abu Dhabi pushes forward with second generation biofuels efforts

Abu Dhabi's Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, a university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management, have signed a two-year research agreement.

This research will focus on improving the production process of converting waste cooking oil (WCO) to biodiesel through further experimentation and sensitivity studies.

Isam Janajreh, associate professor of mechanical engineering and head of the waste to energy (W2E) laboratory at Masdar Institute, will be the principal investigator of the project, while Ahmed Aljabri will be the co-principal investigator. Together, they will design, plan, and formulate the modelling and experimental investigations with assistance from two Masdar Institute Master's students.

'The research agreement with CWM illustrates the UAE's commitment to facilitating the production of clean energy and minimization of waste. With the support of the country's leadership, we will continue our contribution to the development of clean energy technologies and ensure faster adoption of sustainable measures. We are confident that the outcome of this collaboration will encourage the community to support such green technologies,' says Dr Moavenzadeh.

'Abu Dhabi produces an estimated 20 kg per capita WCO annually. Processing and reusing WCO as fuel is an environmentally friendly and efficient energy solution that can contribute up to 5% of sustainable energy needs by 2020. With its ongoing sustainability initiatives and schemes, Tadweer seeks to deliver effective waste management solutions in Abu Dhabi through inculcating best-in-class waste recycling practices among the public such as waste reduction at source, reuse and recycling through intensive awareness initiatives and special schemes that help achieve a safer and cleaner environment,' adds Faris Fahed Al Munaiei, director of the projects and facilities department, Tadweer.

Australia's laboratory for turbulence research in aerospace and combustion, department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, University of Sydney, led by Dr Assad Masri, Australian research council-Australian professorial fellow in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, will also assist with the projects.