Palmares - your partner in green value from palm residue

Creating green value from palm residues offers the opportunity to reduce emissions and valorise otherwise wasted agricultural residues. Dutch companies and research institutes have now joined forces in Palmares: a partnership  supported by the Dutch government, that aims to fast track green value creation from palm residues. Palmares covers a wide range of expertise from waste water treatment, biogas upgrading, biomass to bio-energy and other valuable bio-products processes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and optimized fertilization in agriculture. This partnership operates via a liaison officer at the Dutch Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and visits Malaysia on a regular basis. In close collaboration with the Malaysian palm oil industry, we look for mutual opportunities and benefits. Palmares organises various activities including projects involving Malaysian governmental agencies, R&D collaboration, business matchmaking activities and technology missions.
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Biomass

Malaysia’s 4.7 million ha of oil palm plantations and its 416 palm oil mills produce some 80 million tons of dry biomass annually, a figure that is expected to increase to 100 million tonnes by 2020. Dry biomass is comprised of Empty Fruit Bunches (EFB), palm trunks, fronds, fibers, and Palm Kernel Shells (PKS). In addition to the dry biomass, the milling process produces 60 million tonnes of liquid waste on a yearly basis. This Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) is often left to ferment in large uncovered treatment ponds, that release large amounts of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Only a slight percentage (10%) of the aforementioned byproducts is currently used for the production of bio energy, green chemicals and other valuable products. The National Biomass Strategy 2020 (NBS 2020), initiated in 2011, outlines opportunities in the biomass value chain that could generate RM30 billion in additional Gross National Income (GNI), 66.000 high value jobs, 12% reduction in carbon emissions, and RM25 billion in investments. The biomass industry in Malaysia therefore has an enormous potential for commercialisation and investment. Palmares taps into this potential.

Energy & products

The Malaysian National Biomass Strategy 2020 identifies electricity from biogas and biomass as two important pillars. The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) already developed a feed-in tariff for biogas delivered to the grid on the mainland. Biogas can be generated by digestion of wet streams as well as by gasification of dry biomass streams, upgraded to CNG for local transportation, or rural areas, or added to fossil LNG to improve the footprint of the gas exported and used worldwide. Electricity from biomass can be generated in numerous ways and can either be sold to the grid, or be utilized off-grid on the palm oil mill site. Rather than providing partial solutions associated with one technology, Palmares proposes integrated solutions with scenarios that incorporate the integration of all technologies necessary while taking into account the local situation, the business case as well as the environment.

Our partners

Palmares is a strategic partnership between Dutch companies and knowledge institutes, with support from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

Blackwood Technology is market leader in biomass torrefaction. Blackwood’s award-winning technology is proven at industrial scale and can be used to upgrade lower quality biomass streams into high grade solid bio-fuel. Upgrading the residues from the Malaysian palm oil industry with Blackwood’s proprietary FlashTor® torrefaction system can create value from waste while mitigating CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

Mr. M. H. Herrebrugh
m.herrebrugh©blackwood-technology.com
+31 6 5183 3113

www.blackwood-technology.com

Dahlman designs, engineers and delivers tailor made solutions in various capital-intensive market places, such as the power and oil and gas industry. Our showpieces in the renewable energy market are the proprietary MILENA gasifier and OLGA gas cleaning technologies, with which we can realize biomass and waste to energy plants with record high efficiencies. The OLGA technology is proven at industrial scale downstream MILENA as well as other third-party gasifiers.

 

Mr. J.W. Konemann
j.w.konemann@dahlman.nl
+31 1 0599 1185

www.renewabletechnology.nl

 

 

DMT Environmental technology is a fast growing company that develops technologies and products for companies so they can make a contribution to the environment in a profitable way. DMT Environmental Technology is market leader in biogas upgrading with membrane technology. Creating Biomethane from Biogas and making CNG or LNG fuel is one of its strengths. This can be easily utilized in for example the palm oil industry as well as within the landfill gas industry. Further products are for example desulphurization, cleaning of gas, sludge treatment at Waste Water Treatment Plants.

Mr. H. Dekker
hdekker@dmt-et.nl

+603 2298 8464

www.dmt-et.nl

ECN (part of TNO) is the largest energy research institute in the Netherlands. ECN conducts pioneering research in innovative solutions to facilitate the transition to sustainable energy management. ECN is developing knowledge and technology of thermochemical processes for the efficient and large-scale production of energy from biomass. Examples of ECN developed technologies are: the Milena gasification technology, Olga tar cleaning, an energy efficient Torrefaction process, Torwash pretreatment for biomass with too high salt concentrations and/or difficult textures and recently a low-temperature gasification process that co-currently produces bio-energy and Biochar for soil improvement.

Mr. L. de Legé
delege@ecn.nl
+ 31 613102811

www.tno.nl/en

Since over 30 years, Paques helps industries to reduce water and carbon footprints and reclaim valuable resources. Paques’ high rate anaerobic water purification systems produce energy (biogas) from wastewater, whilst purifying the water and facilitating water reuse. Biotechnology is applied for desulphurization of biogas by Thiopaq.

Mr. R. van As
rj.vanas@paques.com.my
+60 321 696 331

 www.paques.nl

 

Wageningen University & Research conducts both fundamental and applied research for governments and companies all over the world. WUR covers the whole production chain from sustainable biomass production to applications in food, feed, chemicals, products and energy. We provide professional training and have facilities available for research in biomass production and use.

Mr. W. Elbersen
wolter.elbersen@wur.nl
+31 317 480228

www.wur.nl

 

Witteveen+Bos is an engineering company that provides consultancy and engineering services worldwide in the fields of infrastructure, water, the environment, spatial development and construction. Witteveen+Bos has unique expertise in design and engineering of bio-energy installations as well as in treatment of industrial waste water and waste streams for energy and resource recovery.

Within Palmares, Witteveen+Bos provides added value by linking knowledge and technology with engineering experience to develop sustainable projects.  Witteveen+Bos provides independent expertise for the technical, managerial and commercial aspects of a project.”

Mr. J. Slange
jan.slange@witteveenbos.com
+31 5 7069 7911

www.witteveenbos.com

CPM Europe is a leading supplier of process equipment and technology for, amongst others, the biomass, bio-energy and biofuel industries. We have a worldwide reputation as pelleting, grinding, conditioning and flaking solutions specialists.

CPM Europe provides machines that ensure continuous operation, high performance and the lowest operating costs for biomass applications as well as treatment of industrial and municipal waste. With our 100+ years of processing experience and know-how we ensure efficient biomass applications.

Mr. H. van Dijk
Hans.van.Dijk@cpmeurope.nl
+31 75 6512 630

www.cpmeurope.nl

Reports/publications

Palmares Collaboration NL-MY

This leaflet describes the Dutch companies that support the valorization of palm mill residues.

Possibilities for profitable utilization of Palm residues in Malaysia

The options for valorization of palm mill residues are described in this report and a number of options exist and can be considered. Dutch companies can supply these technologies.

Report Palm Oil Residues

This report calculates the economic and environmental benefits of the different options that can be used to valorize the wastes of palm mills in Malaysia.

Government-to-Government

The role of the government towards a greener perspective for the future is very important. Therefore the Palmares partnership actively approaches the important Malaysian agencies (both governmental and industry-based) to consult and cooperate with. The partnership works also in close cooperation with the embassy of the Netherlands in Kuala Lumpur and has a Liaison officer at the embassy for direct contact and easy communication. An expert in the field of sustainable biomass production and use from the Dutch Enterprise Agency (Kees Kwant) is assigned by the partnership to facilitate the governmental communication and exchange ideas. Palmares acknowledges the active role of the Government in developing policies and regulations and through the Government–to-Government approach an active exchange of information will be created. This exchange will be on the enabling environment for the bio based economy (regulations and financing) but also on the Green House Gas reductions that can achieved.

Knowledge-to-knowledge

An R&D network will be established between Malaysian and Dutch research institutes. The technologies of the future need to be developed and the two R&D institutes connected to Palmares, Wageningen University and Research, and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands will use their knowledge to further develop technologies and knowledge with Malaysian counterparts in an active exchange to help future technologies, new bio-based products and energy services.

Dutch DNA

The Malaysian National Biomass Strategy 2020 identifies electricity from biogas and biomass as two important pillars. The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) already developed a feed-in tariff for biogas delivered to the grid on the mainland. Biogas can be generated by digestion of wet streams as well as by gasification of dry biomass streams, upgraded to CNG for local transportation, or rural areas, or added to fossil LNG to improve the footprint of the gas exported and used worldwide. Electricity from biomass can be generated in numerous ways and can either be sold to the grid, or be utilized off-grid on the palm oil mill site. Rather than providing partial solutions associated with one technology, Palmares proposes integrated solutions with scenarios that incorporate the integration of all technologies necessary while taking into account the local situation, the business case as well as the environment.

Cover story

Download the cover story of Dr. H.J.M. (Rian) Visser, coordinator of PIB Palmares in the Asia palm oil magazine

Contact

Supported by

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Kuala Lumpur

Ms. Li Huan Hoh, Liaison officer Sustainable Energy
Address: 7th Floor, South Block, The AmpWalk 218, Jalan Ampang
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Telephone: + 60321 686 200
Email: kll-ea@minbuza.nl

Palmares partnership

Mr. L. de Legé, Coordinator
Address: Westerduinweg 3, 1755 LE Petten, The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 6 13102811
Email: levien.delege@tno.nl