Tag: Thailand

Thai Agro Energy partially shut down following hydrogen sulfide emissions

Thai Agro Energy partially shut down following hydrogen sulfide emissions

November 28, 2016 |

In Thailand, hydrogen sulfide levels were found to exceed the allowed limits at the Thai Agro Energy ethanol plant in Dan Chang district following complaints to the Industry Ministry that led to an inspection. The hydrogen sulfide accumulated in a wastewater treatment pond to overcapacity, so the company decided to release some of the excess […]

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Thai researchers produce ethanol from water hyacinth

Thai researchers produce ethanol from water hyacinth

October 26, 2016 |

In Thailand, researchers from King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi have developed a method to produce ethanol from water hyacinth and are working to scale it up so it at be produced commercially. Demand for sugarcane, cassava and palm oil for biofuel feedstocks have created shortages, creating the need to find other feedstocks that wouldn’t […]

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Thai ethanol plant found to have likely killed giant stingrays due to wastewater leak

Thai ethanol plant found to have likely killed giant stingrays due to wastewater leak

October 24, 2016 |

In Thailand, following lab tests confirming that molasses contains ammonia that could kill giant stingrays as happened recently in the Mae Klong River, the Pollution Control Department is preparing to launch a formal complaint against Rajburi Ethanol for illegally discharging molasses-containing wastewater into the river between October 1 and 7.  The company admitted there had […]

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Three welders killed in explosion at Thai Ethanol Power facility

Three welders killed in explosion at Thai Ethanol Power facility

September 12, 2016 |

In Thailand, three welders were killed in an explosion at the Thai Ethanol Power plant in Non Sila district while they were repairing the cover of one of three wastewater tanks. Sparks from the welding are thought to have ignited biogas escaping from the wastewater tanking, creating the explosion that killed the three men, but […]

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Thailand exploring boosting biodiesel blend to 5%

Thailand exploring boosting biodiesel blend to 5%

August 16, 2016 |

In Thailand, the government is looking to boost the biodiesel blending mandate to 5% from the current 3% in an effort to support palm oil producers after lobbying by growers, crushers and biodiesel producers. To stave off a potential shortage of cooking oil, the mandate can be dialed back down to 3% if needed. The […]

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Cambodian cassava farmers switch crops as Thailand pressures prices

Cambodian cassava farmers switch crops as Thailand pressures prices

August 15, 2016 |

In Cambodia, the country’s cassava farmers are looking at alternative cash crops like corn and soy in an effort to reduce reliance on Thailand’s manipulation of prices and markets for the crop. The country doesn’t have processing facilities for ethanol or starch, so it is exported to Thailand for further processing but since the military […]

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Thai fuel fraudsters making a mess of ethanol and biodiesel sales

Thai fuel fraudsters making a mess of ethanol and biodiesel sales

June 30, 2016 |

In Thailand, fraudsters are making a fortune by selling illegal fuel blends throughout the northern and southern parts of the country, typically at non-brand fueling stations. Instead of E10, some are selling E20 because ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and therefore making several cents profit per liter. On the diesel side, low quality diesel is […]

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Thailand agrees to trial B20 in trucks and B10 for military and government use

Thailand agrees to trial B20 in trucks and B10 for military and government use

June 23, 2016 |

In Thailand, the energy ministry has agreed to subsidize the use of B20 in trucks under a trial program that will pay companies 11 cents per liter of biodiesel consumed for up to 50,000 liters. Biodiesel is currently 7 cents per liter more expensive than fossil diesel. The government will also study the use of […]

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Thailand to temporarily cut biodiesel mandate as El Niño hits production

Thailand to temporarily cut biodiesel mandate as El Niño hits production

June 20, 2016 |

In Thailand, El Niño is taking its told on palm oil production, so much so that the Energy Ministry will seek a reduction in the biodiesel blending mandate to 5% from the current 7%. The reduction is meant to only be temporary until the start of the next harvest. Demand for the lower blend will […]

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Letter from Thailand: Report on biomass and biofuels

Letter from Thailand: Report on biomass and biofuels

May 23, 2016 |

By John Diecker, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Being a tropical country with a largely agricultural economy, Thailand is blessed with an abundance of biomass. The country ranks among the world leaders in production of palm oil, sugar and cassava which make it a natural location for the manufacture of biofuels. As […]

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