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  • Consortium partners
  • The SBRC broke ground on June 11th, 2015, at Masdar City on its 2 hectare pilot facility for its flagship project, the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS).
  • The SBRC research facility fully operates on solar power.
  • 1,277 m3 growing different varieties of fish and shrimp.


The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) was established in Abu Dhabi in 2011 as a not-for-profit research consortium to advance the aviation industry’s commitment to sustainable business practices by developing technology with the promise of producing a clean, alternative fuel supply.

The SBRC was founded by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Etihad Airways, The Boeing Company, and Honeywell-UOP. Since then Safran, GE, and the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) and Bauer have joined.

As a research consortium, one of the main objectives of the SBRC is knowledge creation. The founding partners are all technology or business leaders in their field, and are interested in novel sources of sustainable biomass that can be used for the production of bioenergy.

The focus of the SBRC is to become the leading research consortium for the development of terrestrial, salt-tolerant biomass that can eventually be commercialized in some form of bioenergy for aviation. The consortium adopts a systems view approach focusing on interdisciplinary research methodologies. The SBRC projects and research seek to leverage the characteristics of the regional climate, and support the UAE's 2030 Vision.

The First Step Towards Sustainable Jet Fuel