An MSc researcher from the University of Sharjah is conducting a novel research that aims at producing three biofuels (bioethanol, biodiesel and methane) from locally grown algae. Using special enzymes and pretreatment methods, the process proved to be highly effective.
“I am getting up to 60% oil yield from the special algae I am using in my study”, said Ms. Nuha Adam, an MSc student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering supervised by Dr. Abdallah Shanableh, a Professor in Environmental Engineering and Director of the Research Institute. added “Furthermore, I am getting significant amounts of fermentable sugars and bio-methane”. Ms. Nuha added.
“Algae is highly diverse productive compared to other types of biomass. Furthermore, the right type of algae can be grown to produce the desired type of biofuel”, explained Prof. Shanableh, who added: “using algae rather than food crops to produce biofuels is highly desirable”. Currently, a world-wide research effort is underway to develop algae biofuel technology.