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Al Qasimi Foundation, Majlis, Majlis Series, Research, Biofuels, Sustainability

Renewable Energy Potential in Ras Al Khaimah: Biofuels from Mangrove Microorganisms

The increasing demand for energy has caused great concern regarding the environmental consequences of energy production. In response, countries have adopted measures to reduce fossil fuel production and increase the use of renewable energies such as biofuels. Growing evidence points to the potential of microorganisms as a viable source of biofuel. The advantages of this are that microorganisms have short life cycles, are easy to scale up, and require minimal labor. The UAE aims to increase its production of clean, renewable energy from 0.23% to 27% by 2021 and biofuels can help.

Mangrove forests, which stretch along the UAE coast, are a unique ecosystem that is home to diverse microorganisms that have the potential to produce biofuel. This presentation will discuss renewable energy in the UAE as well as a recent study that identified microorganisms from the mangroves in Ras Al Khaimah that are capable of being used as biofuel.


The research team is comprised of Maxime Merheb, Rachel Matar, John Marton, and Kamel Abou Youssef from the Department of Biotechnology at American University of Ras Al Khaimah as well as Milad Soleimani from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Please RSVP to 07 233 8060 or with your name, phone number, e-mail, and total number of guests. For more information, please visit Photographs and videos will be taken throughout this event and may be used for promotional purposes online, in print material, and/or through other media.

Start Date End Date Time
October 29, 2017October 29, 20175:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.