BIOMASS TO ENERGY AND BIOCHAR COMMUNITY (BEBC)
PROJECT ID: 4-T-034

WHAT BEBC IS.


BEBC (Biomass to Energy and Biochar Community)

Words of song : Orasa Suksawang 30 August 2013
Melody: Wacharin Vises; Music: Boonlert Unchai 9 April 2014
Singers: Wacharin Vises, Renuka Sansert, Darunee Vongtad, Kasorn Chansawang
Song and Lyrics  


OVERVIEW
When biomass, is heated, volatile matters in the biomass is evaporated. The volatile matters consist of combustible hydrocarbons that can be used as fuel for a gas engine; the remains after evaporation of the combustible gas are carbon and ash. The carbon can be used as biochar. The main concept of this project is to create a pilot project for biomass to energy, using gasification technology for energy production, and at the same time produce biochar to be applied to soil as a soil improver, carbon sequestration, and crop yield improver. In addition CO2 from the power plant is to be supplied for plants in the greenhouse chambers/kitchen gardens, by use of CO2 enrichment technology.

This project helps solving more problems at the same time: alternative energy, greenhouse gas mitigation, land resources and rural poverty, improving the conditions in communities and households. At community scale, crop-wastes from farmlands become fuels for power generation while the bio-char and ash residues are returned back to farmers for carbon sequestration and soil improvement, in an exchange scheme. It is also planned to introduce a local carbon credit concept. Moreover, food processed from crops using biochar can be labeled with low carbon footprint for consumption incentives/promotion of “green” products. The challenge of this project is to merge people awareness of national energy, environment and soil crisis altogether. This we believe can be achieved through household scale, energy from biomass residues, using thermal gasification technology and mixing bio-char with organic compost to be sold as fertilizer. The outputs of the project include

1) A 300kW biomass fueled distributed generation power plant at Nakhon Phanom Province;

2) Elevated CO2 for plants in greenhouse chambers/kitchen gardens;

3) Biomass-biochar exchange scheme under a local carbon credit concept;

4) Biochar marketing model;

5) Online decision support system for BEBC replication, growth and multiplier effects.

The outputs 2-5 have been funded by the Energy and Environment Partnership-Mekong (EEP-Mekong) while the output 1 was invested by Nakhon Phanom Provincial   Administrative Organization (NKP PAO).

This two-year project has been conducted since 1st September 2013 by Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI), Leader; in collaboration with three partners─Nakhon Phanom Provincial Administrative Organization (NKP PAO), Partner 1; Supreme Renewable Energy Co., Ltd (Supreme), Partner 2; Ms. Sornwan Sirisuntarint, Partner 3; and two strongSupporter Agents-The Provincial Government and the Community.


THE PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT


OUTPUT 1 A 300 kW biomass fueled distributed generation power plant

   Power plant staff: On the job training

POWER PLANT MONITORING PHASE (Jan-March 2015)

OUTPUT 2

   Biomass dryer implementation

OUTPUT 3

OUTPUT 4

NETWORK PROGRESS