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Demonstration Production of Useful Materials from Sugarcane Pomace Begins in the Kingdom of Thailand

-Aiming to Reduce Energy Consumption by More than 50% with Japan-Developed Membrane Separation Technology-
August  1,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

NEDO has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Innovation Agency (NIA) to work jointly on a project to demonstrate a manufacturing system to produce useful substances that can be converted into raw materials for bioethanol and high value-added products from the fibrous waste material left after sugarcane has been squeezed called bagasse.

By utilizing a polymer membrane technology developed in Japan, this project aims to achieve more than 50% reduction in energy consumption compared to conventional evaporation techniques. This is the first attempt at applying Japan’s polymer membrane technology in the biomass field in Thailand.

The project will demonstrate the effectiveness of the technology in a pilot plant with an annual cellulosic sugar (glucose/xylose) production capacity of 1,400 tons (700kL of bio-ethanol when converted). Based on this NEDO aims to diversify energy sources, effectively utilize unused resources, and reduce energy consumption, with the further goal of spreading the technology throughout Thailand as well as other ASEAN countries where sugarcane is cultivated.

  • picture:The process flow for the production of useful substances (cellulosic sugar (glucose/xylose), oligo-saccharide, and polyphenol) from bagasse
    The process flow for the production of useful substances (cellulosic sugar (glucose/xylose), oligo-saccharide, and polyphenol) from bagasse

  • Project Title: International Energy Conservation Technology and System Demonstration Project
  • Project Period: FY 2016 – FY 2022 (planned)
  • Facility Scale: Processing capacity of 5,000 tons / year (in dried bagasse)
  • Cellulosic Sugar (glucose/xylose) Production Scale: 1,400 tons / year (equivalent to bioethanol 700kL / year)
  • Planned Contractors: Toray Industries, Inc., Mitsui Sugar Co., Ltd., Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

For more information, please contact:

NEDO Materials Technology and Nanotechnology Department
Contact Person: Kawanaka
Tel: +81-44-520-5220

NEDO International Affairs Department:
Contact Persons: Higaki, Asai
Tel: +81-44-520-5190