Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Boeing, United Arab Emirates Partners Look to Harvest Biofuel from Desert Plants  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN Press - 22/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



Infographic - SBRC pilot project-L
(MENAFN Press) Boeing [NYSE:BA] and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, will test these findings in a project that could support biofuel crop production in arid countries, such as the U.A.E



"Plants called halophytes show even more promise than we expected as a source of renewable fuel for jets and other vehicles," said Dr. Alejandro Rios, Director of the SBRC. "The U.A.E. has become a leader in using desert land and seawater to grow sustainable biofuel feedstocks, which has potential applications in other parts of the world.



Funded by Boeing, Etihad Airways and Honeywell UOP, the SRBC is dedicated to the development and commercialization of sustainable aviation biofuel, which emits 50 to 80 percent less carbon through its lifecycle compared to fossil fuel



"Etihad Airways is very pleased with the research results of these saltwater-tolerant plants," said Etihad Airways President and Chief Executive Officer James Hogan. "This is real progress in developing a truly sustainable aviation biofuel from a renewable plant source, appropriate to our environment.



Halophyte seeds contain oil suitable for biofuel production. SBRC research found that the entire shrublike plant can be turned into biofuel more effectively than many other feedstocks



In the coming year, SBRC scientists will create a test ecosystem by planting two crops of halophytes in Abu Dhabi's sandy soil. Waste seawater from a fish and shrimp farm will nourish halophytes that clean the water as they grow. The water will next flow into a field of mangroves before returning to the ocean. Both plants would be converted into aviation biofuel using SBRC research findings.



"This project can have a global impact, since 97 percent of the earth's water is ocean and 20 percent of the earth's land is desert," Dr. Rios said



"Boeing is committed to finding ways to reduce aviation's carbon emissions, and sustainable aviation biofuels is a key component of our strategy," said Jeffrey Johnson, president, Boeing Middle East. "Masdar Institute's biofuel research is showing tremendous potential, and we applaud Abu Dhabi's leadership and innovation in this critical area.



SBRC's research success, announced at the World Future Energy Summit, continues the momentum for a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Abu Dhabi. On January 18, Etihad Airways conducted a demonstration flight with a 777-300ER (Extended Range) powered in part with biofuel refined in U.A.E. On January 19, Boeing, Etihad Airways, Masdar Institute and others launched BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path to Sustainability, an initiative to advance biofuel research, feedstock production and refining capability



These activities are aligned with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030, which seeks to develop sustainable energy sources to diversify the U.A.E. economy and increase workforce opportunities for Emiratis


About Masdar Institute
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) was established by the government of Abu Dhabi as a not-for-profit, private graduate university to develop indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi addressing issues of importance to the region. In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute has developed an academic and research platform that articulates its mission and vision according to critical energy and sustainability challenges.An important characteristic of Masdar Institute is its focus on complex real-world problems that require a multidisciplinary approach for the development of solutions from an integrated technology, systems and policy perspective. This multi-interdisciplinary and integrated approach is supported by the structure of its academic programs and by the emphasis placed on engaging external partners from industry, government, and other academic institutions in collaborative activities.Masdar Institute offers degrees in:MSc Engineering Systems and ManagementMSc Computing and Information ScienceMSc Materials Science and EngineeringMSc Mechanical EngineeringMSc Water and Environmental EngineeringMSc Microsystems EngineeringMSc Electrical Power EngineeringMSc Chemical EngineeringPhD in Interdisciplinary EngineeringPlease visit http://www.masdar.ac.ae/About BoeingBoeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training. Boeing collaborates with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to commercialise sustainable biofuel around the world, including in the United States, Middle East, China, Brazil, Europe and Australia. For more information, please visit www.boeing.com/environment/About Etihad AirwaysEtihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2013 carried nearly 12 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways offers flights to 102 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 89 Airbus and Boeing aircraft. The airline has more than 220 aircraft on firm order, including 71 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s, and 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and Jet Airways. Subject to regulatory approvals, Etihad Airways will acquire 49 per cent of Air Serbia and 33.3 per cent of Darwin Airline in Q1 2014. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com

 


MENAFN Press




  MENA News Headlines
 May 30 2015 - Etihad Airways profits double to USD73m in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) Etihad Airways said its profit rose by more than half to USD73 million last year as it carried more passengers and used its stakes in other airlines, Arab News reported.The government-backed ...

 May 30 2015 - Saudi's SAMA net assets down to USD678.8b in AprilMENAFN
(MENAFN) Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to USD678.8 billion in April, down by USD11.8 billion or 1.7 percent from March, Arab News reported.Assets dropped 6.8 percent from a ...

 May 30 2015 - Oman to invest USD7b in Indonesia projectMENAFN
(MENAFN) Oman has committed to invest USD7 billion to build oil storage facilities, a petrochemical plant and a refinery in Indonesia, Arab News reported.Oman also agreed to supply crude oil to the ...

 May 30 2015 - Qatar- Preparations for 2022 World Cup to continueThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Qatar yesterday defended its successful bid for the 2022 Fifa World Cup and said it was moving forward with preparations to host the event. Qatar will "cooperate fully with ...

 May 30 2015 - IS seizes control of airport in Libya's Sirte: Tripoli govtThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Islamic State jihadist group has seized control of the airport in the city of Sirte after forces of a Tripoli-based Libyan government withdrew, a spokesman said Friday. ...

 May 30 2015 - 4 dead as Saudi 'foils' attack on Shiite mosque: ministryThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) A car blast outside a Saudi mosque during Friday prayers killed four people, including its driver, in an attack that was "foiled" by the authorities, the interior ministry ...

 May 30 2015 - Iraq- 85,000 flee Ramadi since IS capture: UNThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Around 85,000 people have fled Ramadi since the Islamic State group captured the Iraqi provincial capital two weeks ago, the UN said Friday, warning that Iraqi authorities ...

 May 30 2015 - IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) An Islamic State jihadist killed three people Friday when he blew himself up in a car outside a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, the second such attack in a week. The bombing, ...

 May 30 2015 - Huthi rebels kill Yemen capital's governor: relativesThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels have killed the capital's governor in clashes that erupted during an attempt to detain him, his relatives said Friday. Sanaa governor Abdulghani ...

 May 30 2015 - Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight HuthisThe Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview broadcast Friday he had rejected "millions of dollars" Saudi Arabia offered him if he stood up to the Shiite ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help