We paid a courtesy visit to Dato’ Zailani Bin Hj. Hahim (Deputy Secretary General) of the Ministry. We were able to report on project progress and research results, and actively discuss the wide use and popularization of palm biomass, including OPT and OPF.
Meeting with Prof. Dr. Raha Abdul Rahim (Chief Executive Officer) and researchers of National Institute of Biotechnology Malaysia (NIBM) was held at Agro-Biotechnology Institute Malaysia (ABI) on Sep 7, 2023 to report of the project activities and to exchange the opinions for the research collaboration.
On Sep 3rd and 8th, 2023, Mr. Egawa who is the person in charge of our SATREPS OPT Project of JICA Malaysia Office, visited our Kluang pilot plant (Johor) and Pasoh observation site (Negri Sembilan).
On Sep 3rd, 2023, Idemitsu team member Idemitsu visited Kluang to tour the plant and discuss the preparation of OPT samples for their research.
On Aug 30th 2023, Prof. Itakura and 6 students from Nagoya City Univ. visited our SATREPS OPT Lab at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Prof. Kosugi explained the outline of the project, then, USM students explained mealworm and bioplastic research and gave a tour of our SATREPS laboratory.
On Aug 30th 2023, NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) members visited our SATREPS OPT Lab at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Prof. Kosugi explained the outline of the project, and technical question and answer session was held.
On July 13, 2023, Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd team from Sabah visited our Kluang pilot plant and exchanged views with Kluang technical staff on the effective use of OPT and palm biomass, also the Wastewater treatment technology.
Dr. Kondo from JIRCAS visited Malaysia for the observation at Pasoh and sample analysis at USM. Observations of greenhouse gases such as methane emitted during the decomposition process of OPT by termites and research on the effects of global warming are progressing smoothly in Pasoh.
SATREPS OPT Project/OPTERAZ Sdn Bhd had a meeting with Tan Sri Dato’ Fumihiko Konishi (Group Exective Chairman) and researchers of Texchem Polimers Sdn. Bhd on June 6th, 2023 to discuss regarding OPT/EFB raw material adjustment methods/requirements in Kluang Pilot Plant, procurement, and future cooperation.
A joint meeting with FRIM and SIRIM was held at FRIM HQ on May 30, 2023 to report on the research progress and to exchange the opinions for the project, now in its fourth year.