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UAE launches ‘clean energy’ initiative

United Arab Emirates – The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) in the United Arab Emirates has signed a two-year research agreement with Abu Dhabi’s centre of waste management, Tadweer, with the aim of ‘fundamentally improving’ the process for producing biodiesel from waste cooking oil.

′Abu Dhabi produces an estimated 20 kg per capita of waste cooking oil annually,′ notes Tadweer′s general manager Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi. ′Processing and reusing this as fuel is an environmentally friendly and efficient energy solution that can contribute up to 5% of sustainable energy needs by 2020.′

The institute has selected Dr Isam Janajreh, associate professor of mechanical engineering and head of MIST′s Waste to Energy Laboratory, as the project′s principal investigator. In this role, he will design, plan and formulate the modelling and experimental investigations with assistance from Dr Ahmed Aljabri and a group of Master′s degree students.

′The research agreement illustrates the UAE′s commitment to facilitating the production of clean energy and minimisation of waste,′ states MIST′s president Dr Fred Moavenzadeh. ′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.′

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