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UAE’s AURAK and ASGE partner on waste-to-energy initiative

by Fatima De La Cerna on Feb 4, 2018

AURAK has signed an agreement with Al Shrooq Green Energy (ASGE).
AURAK has signed an agreement with Al Shrooq Green Energy (ASGE).

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has signed an agreement with Al Shrooq Green Energy (ASGE) to study municipal solid waste (MSW) and bio-solids gasification in the UAE.

The agreement decrees cooperation between the two parties in terms of sharing expertise and conducting research on waste-to-energy systems developed by ASGE, a company that specialises in MSW gasification technologies.

The partnership will also see a pilot scaled skid mounted gasification unit (SMGU) developed by ASGE delivered to RAK Research and Innovation Center (RAKRIC) for research and application development using syngas produced from waste resources in Ras Al Khaimah.

In a statement, AURAK noted that the initiative supports the mission of RAK Waste Management Authority (RAKWMA) to divert 75% of the emirate’s MSW from landfills by 2021.

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Under the agreement, ASGE will give the university access to its pilot scale system, instrumentation, and experienced technical staff. ASGE will also support RAKRIC’s staff and students in conducting practical research on the pilot scale unit.

Commenting on the partnership, Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, president of AURAK, said: “I am elated about the collaboration with ASGE. We now have access to an industry expert in waste-to energy-systems.

“It is, of course, also wonderful that we can perform collaborative research to discover solutions for waste management-related issues, thus allowing us to conserve the environment.”

Meanwhile, Manoharan Sundaralingam, chief executive officer of ASGE, added: “We are delighted with this partnership, as it gives us the chance to work with students and support their projects, allowing them to put the theories they learn in the classroom into real, industry-relevant practice.

“This university also has a range of world-class researchers in their respective fields, so we are very excited to work with them. This relationship has great potential.”

AURAK further revealed that it will also be collaborating with ASGE other research schemes, such as syngas conversion to methanol and waste heat recovery, and that AURAK students will have internship opportunities at ASGE.