Fruit Tree Biomass Waste Turns Into Energy Source for Malaysia

Posted on March 2, 2011. Filed under: Energy, Waste |

BY Jenara NerenbergToday

The country’s leading sustainable players in the palm oil industry are now turning to their own waste for power.

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Malaysia has a plan to turn waste from its palm oil production into energy. A new joint venture, FTJ Bio Power Sdn Bhd, announced plans for a plant that could generate 12.5 million watts of electricity from waste palm branches, also known as empty fruit branches or EFB.

It’s the latest bright spot in Asia’s strengthening green movement, coming amid news of Malaysia’s first solar power plant, which is scheduled to begin construction soon–plus news of the cancellation of a planned coal-fired power plant (and its presumed pollutants) located near Borneo’s Tabin Wildlife Reserve, which houses the endangered Sumatran Rhino of Borneo.

The Malaysian EFB plant will capitalize on the 20 million tons of biomass waste excreted annually from Malaysia’s palm oil production industry.

“The Felda Global Group is pursuing several projects to fully utilise EFB produced by its mills. Some 70 other projects are in progress and in the pipeline, including composting, pellet production and combined heat and power projects,” said the Felda Global Group’s president, Datuk Sabri Ahmad, a partner in the FTJ joint venture, indicating that biomass is just one of a host of alternative energy sources the country is looking into.

And of the country’s decision to scrap plans for the coal plant in Borneo, local activist Cynthia Ong said, “For us, this certainly marks a sea change. It’s the first step in doing things in a different way. This is the best news for the planet.”


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BioGas – a Renewable Energy which we can’t affort to ignore.

recently there are many media reports about the Solar Power Plant a for Putrajaya and also the BioMass Power Plant for Felda, There is another Renewable Energy which is very important for our country. The BioGas.

Biogas is produce from Waste materials like Palm Oil Mill Effluents ( POME ), Municipal Solid Waste ( MSW ), Animal Husbandary Waste ( Manure ) , Green Waste from Landscaping, Food Waste from Restaurants, Hotels and eateries.

The Biogas Plant is very much GREENER compared to any other form of renewable energies because it does many functions at single process, by converting waste materials into Biogas in a Biogas Plant, it is not only produce Green Electricity, it is also treating the waste materials which help to eliminate the release of Green House Gas, it also produce organic fertilizer/soil conditioner and reduce the dependency of Chemical Fertilizers, it also helps to reduce the BOD and COD of our waste waters and help to make our environment cleaner, Biogas Plant also help Chicken farms to reduce the Air polution and house flies problems.

Municipal Solid Waste is a big problem , if we use the MSW to produce Biogas and Green Energy, we can extent the life span of landfills and reduce a lot of transportation cost for sending our MSW to landfills which is always far away due to the environment impacts,

Biogas is also the Renewable Energy which is easy to be stored compare to solar, wind or hydro.No expensive Batteries are required. It can be stored in the form of gas like Natural Gas.

This is like killing many birds with a single stone. The potential of Biogas Green Electricity from Waste materials are MORE than 2000 Megawatt in Malaysia, and the investment cost per KW is the most economical one compared to Solar, BioMass and Coal power plants.

more info could be found in

William Tan

Optimising the Utilisation of Renewable Energy Resources in the Oil Palm Industry …

Greenhouse Gas Emission Control is the Need of the Hour

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