R&D Topics in Thailand
Development of Bio-jet Fuel Production Technology Using Microalgae (Saraburi, Thailand)
A special strain of microalgae has been found which can be easily converted to abundant oil reserves to fuel, and it is attractive as an environmentally friendly energy solution. It can be cultivated on barren lands: therefore, it never competes with crop production.
The excellent characteristics of rich oil and fast growth in Hyper-growth Botryococcus Braunii (HGBb) has allowed us to develop a unique process for photosynthetic renewable bio-jet fuel with high productivity and a considerable reduction of greenhouse gas production. At present, IHI Group are validating the low-cost technology with the stability of outside cultivation and reliable dehydration.
Using this strain, IHI Group is implementing the pilot scale experiment for algae mass cultivation in Thailand, which consists of an open pond up to 10,000 square meters. This is in cooperation with The Siam Cement Public Company Limited and its affiliated company SCG Cement- Building Materials Co., Ltd. The project is supported by New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization, NEDO.
During this pilot scale experiment, IHI Group aims to explore the feasibility of algae mass cultivation through stable operation of the plant and cost reduction, as well as identifying issues upon industrialization phase.
Hyper-growth Botryococcus Braunii (HGBb)