Thai Airways launches aviation biofuels R&D project

March 26, 2012 |

In Thailand, Thai Airways International Public Company (THAI) launched a workshop jointly with the Ministry of Energy and PTT Public Company to focus on aviation biofuels, as a first step in the country’s effort to develop this sector.

Said Dr. Kurujit Nakornsap, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, “We aim to replace 44% of transport fuel in Thailand with biofuels from sugar derivatives and cassava.

Presently, consumption of ethanol tops 1.2 million liters a day and we are pushing to increase its further use. Thailand ‘s current biofuel champions are ethanol and biodiesel, which has been in use since 2005 and is made from palm oil.   With the Alternative Energy Development plan (AEDP), the goal has been established to increase alternative energy utilization to 25% of total energy consumption by 2021 while excluding NGV (natural gas for vehicles).”

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