Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi – in pictures

Mohammed Al Ghailani, a student at Masdar Institute, tends to one of the plants at the world’s first research facility which aims to grow both food and fuel, using desert lands irrigated by seawater. Courtesy Masdar

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

The research hub will use coastal seawater to raise fish and shrimp for food, and the nutrient-rich wastewater then fertilise plants rich in oils that can be harvested for aviation biofuel. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Initially, the technology is being trialled on a small scale, but if the technology proves viable a 200-hectare demonstration site is planned. Antonie Robertson / The National


Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Aquaculture has been a fast-growing global food market – increasing at about 6 per cent each year, but there have been concerns about the environmental damage that can be caused by nutrient-rich effluent discharged by the fish stocks. Courtesy Masdar

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

The salt-tolerant halophyte plants thrive in arid, desert conditions and do not require fresh water or arable land to grow. Any remaining wastewater passes through a cultivated mangrove, which naturally filters more of the nutrients before it is discharged back into the sea. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Initially, the technology is being trialled on a small scale, but if the technology proves viable a 200-hectare demonstration site is planned. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Initially, the technology is being trialled on a small scale, but if the technology proves viable a 200-hectare demonstration site is planned. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Maryam Hareb, Assistant Undersecretary of the Water Resources and Nature Conservation Affairs Department at the Ministry of Environment and Water, delivers a speech during the launch event of the world’s first research facility that harmoniously grows food and biomass for fuel production. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Dr Behjat Al Yousuf, interim provost of Masdar Institute, during the launch event of the world’s first research facility that harmoniously grows food and biomass for fuel production. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, during the launch event of the world’s first research facility that harmoniously grows food and biomass for fuel production. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Dr Alejandro Ríos Galvan, director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium at Masdar Institute, talks about the research project during the launch event. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Jim Andersen, business director for renewable energy and chemicals at UOP – Honeywell, during the launch event. Antonie Robertson / The National

Masdar opens food and biofuel research facility in Abu Dhabi - in pictures

Pierre Fabre, a senior executive at Safran, during the launch event. Antonie Robertson / The National

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