The 3rd Introductory Workshop on Ethanol Production from Cassava entitled “Overcoming Policy, Market and Technological Barriers to Support Technological Innovation and South- South Technology Transfer: the Pilot Case of Ethanol Production” took place from 27 February to 3 March 2017. This workshop was held within the framework of the International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Bioeconomy 2017 (AGBIO2017) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Participants of the 3rd Introductory Workshop on Ethanol Production from Cassava, Thailand
Participating in the workshop was researchers and staff from Food Industries Research Institute, Vietnam, experts of Vietnam’s ethanol plants such as Vietnam Central Bio Fuels JSC, Huy Viet Tay Do Production & Trading Co., Ltd, Binh Tay Liquor JSC, Dai Viet Company, Orient Bio Fuel Company, Halico Company & other companies as Vinasugar 2, Brenntag Vietnam, Loc Troi Group … together with Thailand and worldwide experts.
During the presentation on ethanol production from cassava in Thai land
The aim of this workshop was to provide better understanding of bioethanol as alternative fuel, cassava farming and bioethanol production. This workshop introduced Thailand and global policies, regulations on standards, incentives for cassava production, cassava variety development, good agricultural practices, and ethanol production process. This workshop also had a field trip on such issues as water usage, pest control and farm management and a pillot production of ethanol from cassava roots.
The field trip on cassava-producing farm
On one hand, participants obtained many interesting information from worldwide key note speakers focusing on sustainable agricultural technologies, the bioeconomy, system of crop sensing and phenotyping for precision agriculture, the digital agriculture based on mass data and smart computers for the highest efficiency in agriculture and related areas, the application of genomic technologies for effective agriculture adaptable to the climate change and the economy.
Visiting Bioethanol Plant, Thailand
On the other hand, participants could experience the process of ethanol production from cassava in Thai land. Participants attended field trips to Thai Tapioca Development Institute (TTDI), Ratchasima Green Energy Co., Ltd (a native starch factory), and Bioethanol Plant, Liquor Distillery Organization (LDO). UNIDO’s staff and professors and experts of KMUTT, KU, MTEC, DEDE, BIOTEC, Thailand Automotive Institute also introduced lessons learnt from bioethanol industry in Thailand, tapioca varietal development in Thailand and gave overview on bioethanol production, waste management and value-added co-products from fuel ethanol production, distillation, dehydration, starch hydrolysis and yeast fermentation in ethanol production.
Participants from Vietnam, especially experts from bioethanol-producing companies gained many useful information and lessons from Thailand.
Experiencing cassava-planting process in Thailand
Photo: Sivalee Tarkulvichean
By Khuat Thi Thuy
UNIDO: United Nations Industrial Development Organization
KMUTT: King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
BIOTEC: National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Thailand
KU: Kasetsart University, Thailand
DEDE: Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency, Thailand
MTEC: National Metal and Materials Technology Center, Thailand