Research Priority: Clean and Renewable Energy and Water and Environment

The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) was established as a non-profit consortium at Masdar Institute to lead joint research and advancement of sustainable aviation biofuels.

A key part of its research activity has been the initiation of a large-scale research program on alternative fuels derived from halophytic (saltwater tolerant) plants, called the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). The integrated project combines biofuel feedstock cultivation with aquaculture production and mangrove silviculture. The program is highly relevant to Abu Dhabi, given its geographic location with easy access to seawater, a climate conducive to saline agriculture, and the significance it has within the Food/Water/Energy nexus.

SBRC was established by MI in 2011 with Boeing, Etihad and UOP Honeywell as founding members. Since then Safran, GE, and the Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) have joined the consortium.