TITLE

Reduction of Methane Released from Palm Oil Mill Lagoon in Malaysia and Its Countermeasures

AUTHOR(S)
Yoshihito Shirai; Minato Wakisaka; Shahrakbah Yacob; Mohd Ali Hassan; Shin'ichi Suzuki
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies for Global Change;Sep2003, Vol. 8 Issue 3, p237
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract Palm oil industry in Malaysia is one of thepotential candidates for the CDM projectbecause large amount of methane is emittedfrom the lagoons and open digesting tank ofthe wastewater treatment system. Thereforethe first objective of the project is toinvestigate the actual GHG emission fromthe lagoons and open digesting tank in palmoil mills in order to establish thebaseline for CDM project. Results indicatedthat methane contribution to biogasreleased from the open digesting tank andlagoon systems were 35% and 45%,respectively. These values are much lowerthan the reported value of 65% obtained bycomplete anaerobic condition of lab-scaleexperiments. Based on actual methanerelease measurement and informationgathered from palm oil mill aboutwastewater treatment, significant amount ofmethane emission to the atmosphere can bereduced with the installation of new closeddigesting tank system converted from theopen digesting tank such as just bycovering it with applying CDM. It isestimated that a total of RM2.6 millioncould be obtained from the selling ofelectricity generated from biogasgeneration and Certified Emission Reduction(CER).
ACCESSION #
20391740

 

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