Malaysia has been an energy exporter for the last 2 decades but its oil reserves are likely to be depleted within a decade and the gas reserves in about 50 years. Most of the coal is imported. There is no nuclear power generation nor are there plans for the future. Until last year, renewable energy figures did not appear in the National Energy Balance although much biomass in the palm oil industry is available. So we are grasped this opportunity and exported our 10MW biomass power plant boiler to Malaysia.
Opportunity for 10MW biomass power plant boiler in Malaysia
The concept of marketing biomass energy has a huge potential in Malaysia considering that the country has an abundant supply of agricultural wastes that can be used to generate energy. There are around 352 palm oil mills in operation in Malaysia. They are using at least part of their waste material for process heat and power generation and as fuel for power plant biomass boiler. An estimated aggregate of 200 MW capacity is installed at various palm oil mills. Power is generated to meet their own demand. One typical biomass power plant could produce enough energy for up to 1,700 households. Biomass power plants boiler usually are sized between the range of 5 MW to 10 MW and are therefore more suitable for small housing areas, preferably those located near estates and plantations.
It is clear that we view biomass most favorably for power plant in Malaysia, but there are some issues that need to be considered. First the disposal of the biomass ash produced in the burning process. At the moment, the ash, which contains an amount of nutrients, is dumped in landfills rather than being returned to the forests or to the oil palm plantations.