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Sustainable Production of High-Quality Bio-Oil from Different Agriculture Wastes in the ASEAN Region through Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis


PI: Dr. Brigid Chin Lai Fui (Curtin University, Malaysia)

Dr. Suzana Yusup (Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP)

Dr. Armando T. Quitain (Kumamoto University)

Dr. Yiin Chung Loong (Swinburne University of Technology) and

Dr. Elisabeth Rianawati (RDI Indonesia)


Resilience Development Initiative (Indonesia), Curtin University Malaysia (Malaysia), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (Malaysia), University of Technology Sarawak (Malaysia), Kumamoto University (Japan)

Indonesia, Malaysia

In recent years, the threats of climate change and greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from the use of fossil fuel have resulted in worldwide interest in utilizing biomass as feedstock to produce heat and electricity. The ASEAN countries generate millions of cubic meters of agricultural waste products annually that have the potentials to be tapped for bioenergy production. Biomass is very beneficial and sustainable as it is always available and can be reproduced as a renewable energy. In addition, the usage of bio-oil for energy source and feedstock for chemical production would serve as a key role in creating both urban and rural development that creates employment, reduces poverty, and establishes self-reliant communities with positive impact on the environment. This fact calls for the development of alternative technologies for the production of renewable energy from biomass found in ASEAN geographical locations. Consequently, this could also lead to the introduction of biomass fed furnaces, boilers, and stoves for industrial and residential heating applications. Elisabeth Rianawati (RDI director) together with four multidisciplinary team of scientist and researchers from Malaysia and Japan were managed to secure in a grant to conduct collaborative research that focus on the usage of different biomass in specific ASEAN countries (Malaysia and Indonesia) as feedstock in the production of renewable energy in the form of high quality of bio-oil. Catalytic pyrolysis process from the thermochemical conversion technology will be used to produce bio-oil. RDI is responsible to conduct comprehensive study on the current, challenges, and future policies related to bio-oil in ASEAN regions. Studies have shown that lignocellulosic biomass can be converted to bioenergy using thermochemical and biochemical process such as fermentation, pyrolysis, and gasification. This research finds that pyrolysis technology for syngas, bio-oil, and solid fuel production is the most promising for bioenergy production. However, there are still limited studies on the use of natural source of catalysts in pyrolysis that resulting in wide knowledge gaps in terms of optimum process conditions and efficiency. Hence, this research aims to address this gap of catalytic pyrolysis process. Furthermore, this research will look at Malaysia and Indonesia as case studies from ASEAN member states (AMS) as well as Japan to stimulate interest on the use of agricultural residue for bioenergy production and mitigate solid waste disposal problem in ASEAN countries. To sum it up, this research will highlight new technologies related to biomass energy which is aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the category of climate action.

Last updated 22 Oct 2020 11:27 am

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