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JST-JICA Supported R&D Project on Clean Coal and Biomass Technology
Formally Launched


On 14 January 2014, the Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment (JGSEE), KMUTT, together with PTT Research and Technology Institute (PTT RTI), Thailand, Kyoto University of Japan, and JICA, formally launched the JST-JICA supported project on “Development of Clean and Efficient Utilization of Low Rank Coals and Biomass by Solvent Treatmentin a kick-off meetingheld at KMUTT. The project, commenced on 20 December 2013 for a duration of five years, is a multi-party international collaborative R&D funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and implemented under the Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development program (SATREPS). With a contribution of 178 million Yen (57 million Baht) from JST and 370 million Yen (118 million Baht) from JICA, and additional funding from PTT, extensive lab-scale and small pilot-scale experiments will be carried out both in Japan and in Thailand using novel techniques to upgrade low quality coals (such as lignite) and cellulosic biomass (such as rice straw and fast growing grass) into high quality solid and liquid fuels, as well as high value materials in the form of carbon fibre.  The research team comprises 13 Japanese scientists from Kyoto University (KU), Akita University, Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI) and Kobe Steel; and more than 10 Thai scientists from JGSEE/KMUTT, and PTT RTI.  The team is led by KU’s Prof Kouichi Miura, designated as the Research Director, and JGSEE/KMUTT’s Assoc Prof Bundit Fungtammasan, the Project Director.






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