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The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) is presented with a unique opportunity that takes into account the physical environment and the vision of the UAE, and addresses concerns surrounding biofuels and usage of freshwater. The core focus of the Consortium is to accelerate the commercialization of biofuels that are produced using salt tolerant biomass that grows on arid land using seawater. The research focus areas of the SBRC are defined as follows:

  • Salt-tolerant and arid land biomass
  • Releasing and capturing bioenergy
  • Synthesizing bioenergy
  • Supporting technology
  • Sustainability

The following research projects have been funded through the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC):  

  • Field-scale salt and water balance during integrated seawater farming in coastal regions of Abu Dhabi;
  • Screening oilseed halophytes for production under seawater irrigation in the United Arab Emirates;
  • Anaerobic digestion as a key technology for nutrient and energy recovery in the Seawater Energy & Agriculture System (SEAS) project;
  • Bioenergy production from high salinity lignocellulosic biomass: Salicornia Bigelovii and Avicennia Marina;
  • Molecular and biochemical screening of mangrove sediments in Abu Dhabi for biomass degrading enzymes.
  • Modeling Water Salinity and Nutrient Cycling in an Integrated Seawater Food and Agriculture System
  • Establishment of a Halophyte Breeding Program at Masdar Institute