A Study on The Potential of Oil Palm Biomass as Renewable Energy in Malaysia

Raman, Abdul Aziz Abdul (2005) A Study on The Potential of Oil Palm Biomass as Renewable Energy in Malaysia. Hanoi University of Technology.

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<p><font face="Arial">Biomass wastes from commercial palm oil mills amounts to over 35 million tonnes worldwide, which equivalents to about 65 million barrels of oil. Thus, being one of the largest producers of oil palm worldwide, Malaysia has great potential in utilizing its oil palm wastes as renewable energy. Types of oil palm wastes that can be used to generate energy include empty fruit bunches (EFB), old palm trunks, fronds, roots, fiber, shells and so on. These wastes are generated during harvesting, replanting and milling processes. A study was conducted on selected oil palm plantations and mills and data was obtained on the amount of wastes generated and waste treatment, disposal and utilization methods.EFB was found to be normally used as mulch, fertilizer and sometimes incinerated. Old stems, fronds and roots are used as fertilizer in plantations due to their high nutrient contents. Most fibre and shells are utilized as boiler fuel to generate steam and electrical energy. From the study, it was found that the full potential of oil palm biomass in the generation of energy is not being harnessed in Malaysia. The paper will look into reasons behind this problem and outline some suggestions on how to maximize the utilization of biomass energy in the country.</font></p>

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: A Study on The Potential of Oil Palm Biomass as Renewable Energy in Malaysia
Subjects: University Structure > Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: MR. ADNAN YAHYA
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2015
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/58332

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