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Posted On: 13 July 2020 09:46 am
Updated On: 13 July 2020 09:50 am

Qatar University and Ministry research on using sustainable energy sources

Sumaica Asad
Sumaica Asad
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In cooperation between the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) and Qatar University (QU), a joint research team worked on the scientific project aiming to address the main challenges represented by lack of cleaning, renewable energy globally and the continuous production of wastewater that the world faces and hinders human development.

Therefore, scientific research societies have devoted tremendous efforts to developing alternative approaches to producing sustainable and clean energy sources such as biofuels.

Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at QU Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed said: "We are keen in the research and graduate studies sector at Qatar University to cooperate with government institutions and research agencies to join efforts and exploit the available resources and expertise between the two parties. From this standpoint, the agreement between the university and the Ministry of Municipal and Environment came to address the challenges on clean energy and the sustainability of its resources, biofuel production is a research achievement of this fruitful cooperation."

Assistant Undersecretary, Director of the Center for Environmental and Municipal Studies at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment Dr. Eng. Muhammad Saif Al Kuwari stressed the importance of this research project, saying: "Scientific research on sustainable biofuel production using solar energy and organic materials in wastewater and industrial will open up new and broad horizons for the exploitation of The country's natural resources are the optimal use which is in line with Qatar's 2030 vision, and investment in this field will be enhanced through the generation of sustainable biofuels and their use in transportation and industry, as biofuels are a renewable energy source that is produced by converting organic materials into biofuels, It can be used as fuel for various means of transportation and other industrial facilities."

Dr. Al Kuwari added: "This scientific project is an added value to convert wastewater into hydrogen, which is an effective alternative approach to biofuel production in Qatar and all over the world, due to its high energy and environmentally friendly combustion, as biofuels can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.7 billion tons per year, equivalent to more than 80 percent of current emissions from transportation and other things, thus leading to the introduction of a self-sustaining energy system for the production of bio-hydrogen with solar energy. Worldwide, large amounts of wastewater contain concentrations High inorganic, organic and microbiological pollutants, they are drained onto agricultural streams and inland lakes without reasonable treatment, causing harmful effects on public health and the environment. Therefore, the use of wastewater as an energy source is a new and promising approach to meeting clean and sustainable energy requirements, and thus scientists have devised a microbial electrochemical cell (MEC) as a promising multi-use approach and a relatively new method for generating hydrogen (biofuels) from organic materials found in Wastewater stimulates the activity of microorganisms."

The scientific research team expressed pride of this joint research cooperation that serves the general policy of the state based on achieving environmental sustainability and the provision of renewable energy sources and the exploitation of the natural resources of the state in the optimal exploitation, and in a manner that achieves Qatar Vision 2030 and the national development strategy 2018-2022, appreciating Qatar University, the Ministry of Municipal and Environmental Affairs, the Public Works Authority, and the University of Korea for the Seas and Oceans to encourage and support them unlimited to enhance scientific research in Qatar, as well as the scientific research team thanks the QNRF for its interest, sponsorship and support for scientific research and researchers to serve the country and achieve prosperity and prosperity for society.

Source: Qatar News Agency
Image credit: Qatar University