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1st Working Group Meeting on Potential Study of Renewable Energy and its Effective Usage in EAS Countries

1st Working Group Meeting on Potential Study of Renewable Energy and its Effective Usage in EAS Countries

ERIA held its first working group meeting on the study on Renewable Energy and its Effective Usage in EAS Countries on 9 February 2016 at the ERIA office in Jakarta. The meeting mainly discussed issues related to the next generation of biofuels and bio methanol as energy carrier.

ERIA Managing Director for Research Affairs, Shimpei Yamamoto, mentioned the importance of research collaboration with the Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). From the viewpoint of energy security and alternative fuels, Makoto Toba, researcher from AIST, emphasised the importance of biofuel use, which has been recognised by encouraging the standardisation of quality for practical use.

Low-quality biodiesel fuel (BDF) brings concerns regarding the effect on engine performance due to fuel impurities and oxidation. This study will explore the standardisation of biofuel for vehicles in East Asia and further develop a common agreement for BDF standardisation, support the formulation of BDF standards, facilitate the distribution of good-quality BDF, and stabilise the economic infrastructure. The discussion also stressed the next generation of biofuels sourced mainly from feedstock that are food crops. Thus, the study could also contribute to address the issues associated with the impact of biofuel production on food crops.

Workshop participants also discussed bioethanol as an energy carrier. In the long term, energy supply must be secured from non-fossil fuel sources. Thus, a wider variety of energy carrier is required to achieve energy security, with such variety ranging from bio methanol stored in batteries to mechanical storage systems. This project is expected be finalised by April 2016. Thirteen participants attended the working group meeting, including Shigeru Kimura (ERIA), Venkatachalam Anbumozhi (ERIA), Shimpei Yamamoto (ERIA), Dr Shinichi Goto (AIST), Dr Nuwong Chollacoop (MTEC), Shoichi Icikawa (Toyota), and Takeshi Seto (Isuzu).

Date

26 February 2016

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