As per the agreement, the two entities will cooperate in terms of sharing expertise, a pilot scaled Skid Mounted Gasification Unit (SMGU), and research on waste to energy systems developed by ASGE, said AURAK. ASGE will deliver the SMGU to RAK Research and Innovation Centre (RAKRIC) for research and application development using the sysngas produced from the waste sources in Ras Al Khaimah. This initiative directly joins with RAK Waste Management Authority (RAKWMA) to support their mission of diverting 75 percent of the municipal solid waste away from landfills by 2021.
As per the terms of the agreement, ASGE will support RAKRIC for research and development in the areas of mutual interest related to municipal solid waste and bio-solids gasification in the UAE. ASGE will be actively involved in giving the university access to their 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.
Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, AURAK President, and Manoharan Sundaralingam, CEO of ASGE, signed the agreement in the presence of Prof. Mousa Mohsen, Dean of the School of Engineering and Director of RAKRIC, and Engr. Sonia Nasser, Executive Director of RAKWMA.
“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,” said Prof. Al Alkim. AURAK and ASGE have also agreed to collaborate in research fields such as syngas conversion to methanol and waste heat recovery.