STC Indonesia Launches New Renewal Energy Project in Kalimantan

STC Indonesia receives contract from the Energy and Environment Program (Finland) to develop a biomass facility in Central Kalimantan.

Jakarta, Indonesia – 28 Dec 2012 – Sustainable Trade and Consulting Indonesia (STC Indonesia) received 100,000 Euros in January 2013 from the Finnish Government’s Energy and Environment Partnership (EEP) program. STC Indonesia, the lead organization, has brought together a consortium of companies and NGO’s to establish a 5 MW bioenergy facility. The renewable energy facility will utilize residual biomass from the oil palm and coconut industries in Central Kalimantan. The project will create new economic benefits for thousands of smallholder farmers while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are delighted to support underserviced communities in Central Kalimantan,” said Sylvia Blanchet, co-founder of STC Indonesia. “Our core team will build upon its success in Riau to innovate a viable model to utilize waste biomass for sustainable, local power.”

The province of Central Kalimantan contains the 4th largest area under oil palm cultivation in Indonesia. Heavy industry uses significant amounts of energy while land conversion has driven Indonesia’s carbon emissions to new highs. Yet there is sufficient biomass available from the oil palm and coconut industries to produce power for local communities and Central Kalimantan has an electrification rate of only 65%. Although the opportunity is high, the challenges are extensive.

“To establish viable, sustainable biomass projects, managing the supply chain with integrated technology is the key to success,” stated Jeff Chatellier, Director of Forest Carbon, who specializes in Chain of Custody and carbon accounting.

STC Indonesia will build upon its success in Riau where it is establishing a waste-to-energy facility, a project initiated in 2012 with support from the EEP program. Forest Carbon, an Indonesian forestry and consulting company, and Maris Projects BV, a Dutch engineering firm, remain as key partners on the project. STC is also collaborating with PT Dian Niaga Jakarta, a biocharcoal marketing and trading company, and Yayasan Dian Tama, a Kalimantan-based NGO with over 20 years experience developing local biocharcoal industries as an alternative income generating industry.  The project runs from January 2013 until January 2014.

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About STC Indonesia

Sustainable Trade and Consulting was formed in 2009 to implement a new vision for bioenergy. This vision is based on maximizing the use of non-food grade waste materials, partnering with small and medium sized farms, utilizing existing infrastructure, and maximizing efficiency throughout the entire supply chain. Visit: www.stcresources.com

 

About Forest Carbon

PT. Forest Carbon is an Indonesian environmental consulting and technology company that has extensive experience in ecosystem mapping, remote sensing, and satellite imagery analysis. Forest Carbon also works with companies within the natural resource management sector to implement efficient operating systems that utilize spatial mapping and GIS services. Visit: www.forest-carbon.co.id.

 

About PT Dian Niaga Jakarta

PT. Dian Niaga Jakarta is a commercial company and social enterprise with strong credentials in product development and marketing and commodity trading – charcoal, and bamboo and rattan handicrafts – throughout Indonesia. Visit: http://www.dianniaga.com/

 

About Yayasan Dian Tama

Yayasan Dian Tama has worked under contract to numerous donor agencies, private sector companies, and local government agencies over the last 25 years on the themes of Non Timber Forest Products development, charcoal production and marketing, and forest conservation. Visit: http://yayasandiantama.blogspot.com/

 

About Maris Projects BV

Maris Projects BV is a Dutch engineering company on the cutting edge of energy projection from agricultural waste. It was founded in 1976 with expertise in processing waste to create value-added energy products. In the last years they gained experience especially in waste-to-bio-fuels and by-product processing. Visit:http://www.maris-projects.nl/en/

 

Source: Matthew J Bock