Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal Vol. 6 (2) September 2006 p. 31-36

Blending of Palm Biomass and Coal: An Alternative Fuel for Power Generation in Malaysia

A B Nasrin; Ma, A N; Chow, M C; H Hamdan and Choo, Y M
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Palm oil mills in Malaysia generate vast amounts of biomass wastes such as empty fruit bunches (EFB), fibre and shell. The mills burn the shell and pressed fibre to generate their own heat and electricity, but the EFB is surplus to its requirements although a legitimate fuel in its own right. With growing environmental consciousness, high petroleum prices and depleting fossil fuels, the palm biomass can be burnt in coalfired generating plants to produce green electricity for the country. How this can be done in Malaysian scenario is discussed.

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