Supply potential of various renewable energy resources in south area of Thailand

Research Project , Research Report 2007

Shinya YOKOYAMA Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Kenji IMOU Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Kiyotaka SAGA Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Present address: Biomass Technology Research center

Abstract

Recently, the production of biofuels has been growing very fast because of the unstoppable rising oil price. It has introduced the problems of food shortage. Therefore, the production of fuels from inedible lignocellulose biomass is actively studied in many research institutes. In this study, the possibilities of ethanol production from agricultural residues, e.g. rice straws in Japan and Thailand have been investigated. In Japan, the price of rice straw for cattle feed and the expected price for the ethanol feedstock are quite different. In the case of Thailand, large amount of rice straw and the other agricultural biomass are produced, which can be expected to be used for the ethanol production. Effective methods for collecting the biomass are needed to be developed for the purpose.,

Keywords:

biomass, bioenergy, rice straw, ethanol, Thailand