Sand, seawater and science cultivating bio-energy research in the desert
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Boeing and its partners in the project - Etihad Airways, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and UAE jet fuel company Takreer - launched a new research facility in Masdar City, near Abu Dhabi International Airport to cultivate plants that will eventually produce renewable jet fuel.
The facility, which is the size of four football fields, uses two abundant resources in the Gulf region to test an unusual model of environmental sustainability, according to Dr. Alejandro Rios, Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) at Masdar Institute.
Innovation will make biofuel production more efficient for aviation, vehicles
ABU DHABI, January 22, 2014 /3BL Media/ – 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.