By: Bello Samira Muhammad
Photo: Noorazreen Awang
SERDANG, Oct 20 – Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products (INTROP) of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has recently launched a book on “Sustainability of bio-Jetfuel in Malaysia”.
The project was co-chaired by INTROP Director, Prof. Dr. Paridah Md Tahir and Dr. J.M. Roda of Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD). The duration of research collaboration project is for three years, starting from March, 2014 to February, 2017.
Dr Paridah said the project was expected to contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions in the aviation sector in the long term.
The aim of the research project is to determine the most suitable feedstocks to ensure that any future jet fuel production in Malaysia is based only on sustainable solutions.
“UPM, CIRAD, AMIC and AIRBUS have a common interest in pushing for the advent of innovative and sustainable solutions, aimed at reducing aviation environmental footprints through the use of renewable and sustainable fuel sources.
“With the extension of our cooperation for another 3 years, we hope to continue with the next phases of the project which include Biomass to Fuel conversion, qualification and certification, Business Development and R&D and innovation,” she said.
The joint effort in the research entitled “Development of Path Way Models for Sustainable Biomass Conversion into bio-Jetfuels in Malaysia” is undertaken by CIRAD and AMIC France (Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre) and AIRBUS.
Meanwhile, the recently-launched book served as a report on the first assessment of the research findings and more will be done in the future.
UPM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Relations), Prof. Dr. Ir. Renuganth Varatharajoo said UPM and CIRAD shared a common vision on the role of tropical and subtropical forests for the well-being of the people and society and for local and global environmental purposes.
“Both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of joint research activities on September 8, 2011. I am happy to announce that the collaboration has been extended for another three years.”
He added that with 16 faculties and 9 research institutes, UPM has the strength and capability to conduct multi-disciplinary research projects.
“We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form a partnership to assess local solutions for sustainable bio-mass production in Malaysia and South East Asia. The aim is to determine the most suitable feedstocks to ensure that any future jet fuel production in the region is based only on sustainable solutions,” he added. - UPM
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