Japan-Indonesia Targeting Cellulose for Renewable Energy
Monday, 12 March, 2007 | 14:47 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: Japan has offered a technological partnership for processing biomass into renewable energy, including the use of cellulose and lignin that are really cheap.

“We have the technology and Indonesia has a plenty of its raw materials,” said Koatro Inoue of Japan Science Technology during the International Seminar of Renewable Energy at the office of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), on Friday (03/09).

Inoue said that his country needed a partnership with another country for developing environmental-friendly energy in the future.

According to him, Indonesia has huge potential in terms of biomass technology.

Unfortunately, Inoue was reluctant to provide information about the application of cellulose and lignin in detail.

The two materials are considered as being capable of handling the weaknesses of biomass energy, now producing heat in machinery.

“It seems that the technological research has been started in Indonesia. You may ask BPPT,” he said.

Unggul Priyanto, Director of the Center for Developing Technology for Energy Resources at BPPT, confirmed when contacted yesterday (03/11) that the use of cellulose and lignin for renewable energy was still being researched.

“This is included in our partnership program with Japan,” he said.

According to Unggul, should the research succeed, it would reduce the cost of production of bioetanol or biodiesel.

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