Masdar Institute students go hands-on with waste

Two-day course focuses student attention on the growing waste problem

Experts lead intensive experimental sessions on waste management characteristics.
Experts lead intensive experimental sessions on waste management characteristics.

Masdar Institute of Science of Technology hosted a two-day course on the growing waste problem in the trans-developing societies for members of its outreach initiative, the Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) programme.

Titled 'Waste Management and Waste to Energy', the course was attended by 28 YFEL members. The first day of the course covered short lectures, divided into three sessions. On the second day the course included on hands-on activities conducted in the Masdar Institute's labs.

Zainab Abdul Rahim Al Ali, YFEL project manager at Masdar Institute, said: "The waste management course is the first to mainly focus on hands-on activities. Participants were able to experiment with the theoretical material at Masdar Institute's labs. The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the waste problem."

The course was led by Dr Isam Janajreh, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Masdar Institute. The first day's proceedings covered an overview of the waste problem, review of current policy for waste management, overview of the conversion technologies, and an introduction to the waste to energy lab. The second day's experiments were on waste material characterisation, which included things like biodiesel/fuel assessment, in addition to other experiments.

Dr Janajreh said: "The average daily per capita generation in developed world is about 1.6kg and varies between 0.25 to 6kg in the trans-developing countries. This course performed as a platform for YFEL members to assess the waste generation in Abu Dhabi and statistically evaluate its potential energy, by conducting experiments in the Waste to Energy Laboratory at Masdar Institute."

Shaikha Al Shamsi, a Masdar Institute student and YFEL member, said: "In this course, I examined the distribution of waste generation in key countries including UAE in an attempt to evaluate its energy potential. I also reviewed the traditional landfilling practice and the new emerging trend of municipalities and moving from 'dry tomb' landfill to a bioreactor-based technology. I also liked the hands-on activities that we experienced, as it helped to visualise the theory."


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