SAN Group to set up new green biotechnology facility in Rakez

Facility will leverage solar power to power all the buildings in the premises and to produce green hydrogen

Austria based biotechnology firm SAN Group plans to set up a green biotechnology facility within the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez). The company’s green hydrogen and farming subsidiary, SAN Enertech, will be constructing a fully integrated sustainable hydrogen production unit, plant, and fish farming on a land plot of 8,470sqm in Rakez Al Hamra Industrial Zone at an investment of $3.2m.

According to a statement, the facility will consist of a research centre, laboratory, desalination plant, green house, as well as hydroponic and aquaponic indoor systems. It will generate energy through solar power that serves as the source of electricity for all the buildings in the premises. This electricity will also be used to produce green hydrogen.

“Our new location in Ras Al Khaimah supports the long-term strategic goals of our company. When deciding where to invest, we gave paramount consideration to cost-effectiveness, the right environment, and ease of doing business, and with Rakez we found all the support we needed. San Enertech, as a commercial organisation, seeks to collaborate with local scientists to jointly expand the know-how and experience in the field of self-sustained farming,” said SAN Group founder and president Erich Erber.

He added, “By utilising our fully integrated system, we want to demonstrate a concept and value that can be achieved even in climates that are unstable for agriculture, by providing fresh, home-grown food supplies for a growing population. We will be able to prove this to ourselves, the UAE society, and the entire world through the combination of different disciplines of state-of-the-art technology.”

Rakez group CEO Ramy Jallad added, “We are proud to welcome San Group with San Enertech to our ecosystem, which is home to an increasing number of companies that promote sustainable industrial practices. Ras Al Khaimah strives to be at the forefront of sustainability in the region and Rakez contributes to this by creating a nurturing environment for players in the sustainable sector. We back them up with tailored and cost-effective solutions, so it is easier for them to materialise their projects and make an impact in today’s society and the generations to come.”

The facility is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2022. The pilot research plant serves as a blueprint for regenerative agriculture in the Middle East and Africa region, the statement concluded.

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