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Fast-growing, easily utilised marine algae which fix carbon dioxide


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Renewable energy in the Middle East

Professor Neil Hewitt attended a workshop in Abu Dhabi in November and spoke on the techno-economic benefits of macro- and micro-algae as a renewable energy source

Professor Neil Hewitt, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, University of Ulster, attended a workshop in Abu Dhabi in November. Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility commitments towards the UAE society, the workshop on renewable energy solutions was organized by the Petroleum Institute. The workshop’s theme was “Industrial Renewable Energy Applications” and was opened by ADMA-OPCO CEO Mr. Ali Rashid Al Jarwan. It was attended by a number of the company's divisional managers, local government representatives and Petroleum Institute members along with international speakers specializing in areas of renewable energy. Dr Hewitt’s talk illustrated the techno-economic benefits of macro- and micro-algae as a renewable energy source and reviewed the current state of the art regarding harvesting and processing marine algae.

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