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January 20, 2016

Abu Dhabi

Experimental Farm



A two-hectare farm in Masdar City will conduct research on using seawater and organic waste to grow native halophytes (Salicornia) for generating biofuel, while producing fish and shrimp.  Salicornia will be grown in eight fields, enriched with the discharge water from the aquaculture ponds, said Dr. Alejandro Rios, director of the Sustainable Biofuel Research Consortium (SBRC).  The pilot project is 97 percent complete, and once completed, it will conduct research for three years.  After that, the project may be scaled up to a 200-hectare, commercial-scale project.  Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, said, “Considering that 97 per cent of the world’s water is salt water and about 20 per cent of the world’s land is desert, this approach turns a land and water resource scarcity problem on its head.”


Source: Khaleejtimes.  Arid Farm Can Soon Produce Aviation Biofuel at Masdar.  Haseeb Haider (email  January 20, 2016.

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