Saudi Aramco’s environment-friendly car

Updated 30 November 2012

Saudi Aramco’s environment-friendly car

Saudi Aramco has presented a unique car that is environment-friendly and is capable of capturing carbon emissions. The innovative car was unveiled at the ongoing Qatar Sustainability Expo’s Saudi pavilion.
The “clean car” project was initiated in 2004, when engineers from Saudi Aramco started working on the ground-breaking initiative designed to reduce the carbon footprint from vehicles.
After years of research and development, a feasible concept was defined and Saudi Aramco scientists got to work in developing a car and have since made significant progress. The car, still a prototype at this moment, captures its CO2 emissions and stores it.
The system enabling this performance consists of three components: a carbon capture unit utilizing absorbent materials from the exhaust stream, a tank used for compression and storage, and a unit that recycles the heat produced by the vehicle to operate the whole carbon capture system without any need for additional energy supply from external sources.
At this stage, the prototype vehicle captures 10 percent of its emissions and the target is to reach 60 percent in future. The concept would not be complete without a solution to dispose of the CO2 stored in the car. The project’s engineers have determined several ways to dispose of the carbon collected by this future generation car. It is designed for a driver to dispose the carbon captured at the same time when the car is refueled.
The carbon captured and stored will then be used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), sequestration and industrial use, or converted on-site into fuel additives.
It is being described as a challenging project and engineers at Saudi Aramco are optimistic about making further inroads.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.