'Offshore Cultivation of Tropical Macro-Algae for Production of Aviation Jet Fuel' project launched in Malaysia

[Malaysia] The Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) has inked a memorandum of understanding with four universities for research and technology collaboration in the production of sustainable aviation jet fuel.

The Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) said in a statement Friday that the collaboration in ‘Offshore Cultivation of Tropical Macro-Algae for Production of Aviation Jet Fuel’ would be undertaken with the University of Malaya (UM), University Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Nottingham University Malaysia campus and University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

It said the collaboration was in line with AMIC’s commitment to sustainable aviation and would act as a catalyst for the development of sustainable bio-jet fuel in Malaysia.

Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre
Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre

“UM will be utilising its expertise, which includes macro-algae, ocean environment, physical and chemical processes and analysis in one aspect: Nanotechnology, catalysis, fuel processing and conversion, and biofuel analysis in another,” MIGHT said.

It said UMT is to focus on design, engineering and the deployment of offshore cultivation system for tropical macro-algae while Nottingham University will leverage on design and modelling of techno-economics and assessment scenario.

“UMT will focus on design, engineering, and deployment of an offshore cultivation system for the tropical macro-algae.

“Nottingham (University) Malaysia will leverage on its proven track record of design and modelling of techno-economies, and the assessment of scenarios.

“UKM, through the Institute of Ethnic Studies, will assess the social-environmental impact of rolling out and development of this industry in Malaysia,” it said.

AMIC chief executive officer Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah said he hoped that the MoU would lead to project realisation, with a promise of accomplishment to the Airbus Group by 2017.

AMIC, set up in 2011, is an innovative model which substantially increases the commercial success of aerospace R&D projects undertaken in Malaysia.

Research projects will be spearheaded by founding lead members, namely the Airbus Group, Rolls-Royce and CTRM (Composites Technology Research Malaysia), a local global player in composites and aerospace industry.


View original article at: Working Together For Sustainable Aviation

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