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The palm oil biomass renewable energy development in Malaysia: How sustainable is this industry?

Umar, M.S., Jennings, P. and Urmee, T. (2012) The palm oil biomass renewable energy development in Malaysia: How sustainable is this industry? In: International Conference on Sustainable Energy Engineering and Application (ICSEEA), 6 - 8 November, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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The palm oil industry contributes 85.5% of the total biomass that is readily available in Malaysia [1]. Despite an abundance of palm oil biomass wastes that have potential for large-scale power generation, the Small Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) which began in 2001 has failed to stimulate the growth of the industry [2]. Drawing on the lessons learnt from past setbacks, the recently introduced renewable energy policy and Feed-in Tariff (FiT) instrument have significantly improved the market structure and institutionalised the industry. Nevertheless, less attention has been given to addressing the long-term impediments that have hindered the biomass power production downstream system. Therefore, sustainable measures are critical if Malaysia is to achieve its goal of increasing the contribution of renewable energy to the energy mix from 1% to 11% by the year 2020. The sustainability parameters that need the most attention include: the issue of improving the security of biomass supply; enhancing the bio-energy conversion technology; and, designing a more attractive interconnection scheme to the electricity grid.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21516
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