UAE launches microalgae biomass project Green Barjeel

October 1, 2019 |

In the UAE, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures.

Run in cooperation with American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Khalifa University (KU), the project involves collecting algae from the UAE’s desert ponds and cultivating them. The process offers a host of benefits, including sequestering CO2 and removing dust particles from the ambient air to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. In addition, the structures can serve as passive cooling systems for use in public spaces.

The research project also seeks to examine and classify the diverse indigenous algal strains and test the potential of using them to produce biofuel and biofertilizers. Furthermore, the scope includes an experimental study on the safe and sustainable removal of Nitrogen oxides (NOx) and Sulfur oxides (SOx) from the atmosphere.

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