“MTEC also has knowledgeable and experienced researchers with excellent performance, which appropriate for project implementation and this could be accomplished the project objectives.”
Mr. Somchai Stakulcharoen
Director of Biofuel Development Bureau
Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy
The Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE), Ministry of Energy, has committed to achieve sustainability of alternative energy and energy efficiency in the country, in order to boost the efficiency and environmental friendliness of energy production and consumption.
DEDE has been implementing the Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) 2015-2036, which supports the use of domestically produced fuel to reduce crude oil imports. Since the demand for diesel in the country is almost three times more than gasoline, reduction in diesel consumption is necessary in order to reduce crude oil imports.
Ethanol blends in diesel, or known as Diesohol, is an alternative fuel to reduce diesel consumption since Thailand has more ethanol production capacity with actual production than ethanol demand for blending with gasoline. Furthermore, Alternative Energy Development Plan (AEDP) also targets the use of ethanol at 11.3 million liters per day in 2036.
Mr. Somchai Stakulcharoen, Director of Biofuel Development Bureau said “MTEC is recognized as a research organization with skillful and knowledgeable researchers. Hence, Ministry of Energy is strongly confident in working with MTEC on the project to investigate the feasibility of using ethanol in diesel in term of scientifically proper blending ratio and economic assessment in order to be used in diesel engines.”
From the research results, although it is not yet economical competitive for diesohol at present, the research findings provide both technical and economical conditions for future preparation especially when fossil fuel price goes up. If this is the case, diesohol can be an immediate option. Furthermore, recommendation from the project can be used for further national energy planning, in particular, alternative energy promotion, which will help gain acceptance from automotive manufacturers and fuel suppliers.
From the successful project completion, Director Somchai admires that “This project has the committee who closely monitored the progress. When there were problems or obstacles, the committee discussed with MTEC researchers to find a suitable solution to assure high quality project output within timeline as planned. MTEC also has knowledgeable and experienced researchers with excellent performance, which appropriate for project implementation and this could be accomplished the project objectives.