On January 16, 2024, eight high school students from Hokkaido, Japan visited USM’s SATREPS OPT Project Research Lab as part of the “High School Students’ Global Bridge Training” program. We provided an overview of the SATREPS and the OPT project, helping them understand the issues facing the palm oil industry and the direction the project is aiming for. USM students gave them a tour of the research lab and had the opportunity to interact with each other.
On December 15, 2023, Panasonic project members visited the observation site at an oil palm plantation in Pasoh, Negeri Sembilan. Opinions were exchanged on observation methods in Pasoh and status confirmation of methane gas generation during the OPT decomposition process by termites, and the possibility of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from oil palm plantations in the future by transporting and utilizing OPT (Oil Palm trunk).
Following the visit to Bioeconomy Corporation’s Kluang Pilot Plant on October 23, 2023, project members visited the Bioeconomy Corporation office in Putrajaya. We expressed our gratitude for the invitation to exhibit a booth at the National BIOMASS Conference 2023 held on December 6-7, and exchanged opinions for future cooperation.
On December 11, 2023, Director of ABI, Dr. Seetha King and researchers visited Kluang Plant. In addition, we visited ABI in Putrajaya on December 14th, toured the research facilities, and discussed the possibility of future joint research.
On December 12, 2023, eight engineers of Formosa Petrochemical Corporation and Agri Oils from Taiwan visited our Kluang Pilot Plant. A technical discussion on biomass pellet production in Kluang was held.
On December 11, 2023, Prof. Mohd Zamri, Ms.Russell and 8 students from UTM’s SATREPS POME Project visited our Kluang Pilot Plant. We hope that we will continue to exchange information as we work to contribute to a sustainable palm oil industry.
National BIOMASS Conference 2023 was held in Putrajaya on December 6-7, 2023. In cooperation with OPTERAZ Sdn Bhd, the SATREPS OPT project introduced the project activities and exhibited fuel pellets, raw material pellets, fiber samples, boards, etc. that utilize palm biomass, mainly OPT at the exhibition booth.
On December 1, 2023, a set of ozone generators was installed and trial operated at the SATREPS OPT project research lab at the USM. We plan to conduct various experiments using oil palm biomass samples produced at Kluang Pilot Plant in collaboration with the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Industrial Technology.
Online meeting was held with Mr. Gurcharan (Plantation Head), Mr. Philip (R&D Head), Mr. Kiaw (GM for Sabah Operation), and Mr. Asrif (AGM of Sarawak) on November 29, 2023. We explained the multi-process pellet production using biomass raw materials at the Kluang plant and discussed the possibility of future cooperation. In particular, we will consider opportunities to visit Sarawak and provide explanations to Sarawak palm plantation organizations etc.
2nd observation of the methane gas generated during the OPT decomposition process by termites was started. In addition, soil analysis using q-PCR tests was conducted at the USM SATREPS Project Research Lab.