Qeshm Island

Qeshm Island

Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery is located in 1000 hectares land in Qeshm Island.

Qeshm is an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz, the largest island in Persian Gulf. The island, which hosts a 300 square kilometer free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long, and lies strategically in the Strait of Hormuz, just 60 kilometers from the Omani port of Khasab, and about 180 kilometers from the UAE Port Rashid.

The island has a surface area of 1491 square kilometers and is 2.5 times the size of Bahrain. Qeshm city, located at the easternmost point of the island, is 22 kilometers from Bandar Abbas while the closest point of the island is about two kilometers from the mainland.

The average temperature on the island is approximately 27 °C. The warmest months are June through August, and the coldest from October to January. The average rainfall is 183.2 mm.

The island comprises 62 towns and villages and the population is approximately 130,000. The local population is involved in fishing, trade and services. An additional 30,000 are involved in administrative and industrial workforce and students.

World Solar Map

World map of algae biomass productivity (t ha-1 year-1) ha year (at 5% photosynthetic efficiency and 20 MJ kg-1 dry biomass) Source: Prof. Mario Tredici (Italy)