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June 12, 2015

United Emirates/Abu Dhabi

Shrimp Fertilize Halophytes to Produce Biofuels

 

Under the Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (ISEAS), a two-hectare farm at Masdar City will experiment using seawater and organic waste to grow native halophytes (salt tolerant plants) for generating biofuel, while producing fish and shrimp.

 

The system starts with units that use seawater to raise shrimp and fish.  The waste produced by the fish and shrimp serves as a fertilizer that promotes the growth of a halophyte plant species called Salicornia.  This hardy plant thrives in deserts, doesn’t require fertile soil and can be irrigated with seawater, to produce crops with enough oil and sugar content to be turned into biofuels and biochemicals.

 

If this pilot project is successful, a 200,000-hectare commercial farm will be developed, said Alejandro Rios G, Director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) at the Masdar Institute.

 

Sources: 1. Undercurrent News [eight free news reads every month].  Editor, Tom Seaman (undercurrent@undercurrentnews.com).  Abu Dhabi to Produce Farmed Fish, Shrimp in Aviation Biofuel Project.  June 12, 2015.  2. Masdar Institute’s Webpage.  The Revolutionary Chain That Turns Fish Waste Into Biofuels.  Website Visit on June 12, 2015.

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