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Japan helps VN develop biofuels

Update: December, 13/2013 - 09:29

HCM CITY (VNS) — Advanced bio-refining technologies, including for production of bio-fuels, are being developed under a Japanese-Vietnamese technical project, experts said.

Under the five-year Sustainable Integration of Local Agriculture and Biomass Industries project, two bio-mass plants have been set up at the HCM City University of Technology and Thai My village in the city's Cu Chi District to serve research activities, Assoc Prof Vu Dinh Thanh, the university's rector, said.

The demonstration plant in Thai My displays the bio-refinery technologies that have been developed to convert bio-mass into bio-energy and other materials used by village households.

The Vietnamese and Japanese researchers have developed a sustainable model to integrate agriculture and bio-mass, focusing on bio-mass conversions for the production of bio-fuels such as bio-ethanol and bio-gas, Thanh told an annual symposium held to report progress in HCM City yesterday.

The symposium included a panel discussion on opportunities to establish an industry-government-academic partnership.

"The results of the project are expected to break ground not only for further research but also promising energy technologies," he said.

Kazuhiro Mochidzuki from the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, said: "We are trying to develop the system design, process engineering, and key technologies for small-scale bio-mass utilisation based on rice farming in Viet Nam."

Advanced bio-mass systems should focus on increasing the efficiency of bio-mass conversion and expanding the use of unused bio-mass resources, he said, adding that the use of bio-mass contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

The project, carried out together with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Science and Technology Agency, began in 2009 with a grant from the Japanese Government, was the first of its kind in Viet Nam.

It also involves the university, the HCM City Department of Science and Technology, the Institute of Tropical Biology, the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology, and the University of Tokyo.

It will wrap up next September. —VNS

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