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Angkor Bio Cogen Rice Husk Power Project - Cambodia









More about biomass

Biomass is renewable organic material from plants and animals which is used as fuel to produce electricity, steam or heat. It is a valuable form of clean renewable energy helping the world to transition away from fossil-fuel generated power. To be effective as biomass energy, the organic material can only be feedstock, agricultural waste or sustainable perennial crops.

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Project information

Angkor Bio Cogen (ABC) project, the first renewable energy project to utilise rice husk as biomass fuel for electricity generation in Cambodia, involves the operation of 2 MW new rice husk power generation plant in the Kandal province.  ABC provides the electricity generated from biomass power plant to the Angkor Rice Mill that, in absence of the project activity, uses diesel oil to generate electricity for the rice mill operation. Besides from this, ABC provides surplus electricity to neighbouring factories and community through the power utility in Angsnoul District that, in the absence of the project activity, use diesel oil or batteries for their uses.

The Project uses rice husk as renewable source fuel for electricity generation. It achieves GHG emissions reduction in three ways:

1) The GHG reduction is achieved through the use of rice husk which was previously left to decay in the open space, resulting in methane emissions;

2) The generated power is exported to the rice mill, which partially replaces power generated by their captive diesel power generator, contributing to GHG emissions associated with the diesel power plant;

3) The surplus generated power is supplied to the local power utility, providing electricity to the community living outside the project premises.

The Project has contributed to the improvement of economic, social and environmental well-being of the community through providing reliable electricity access to the rice mill as well as the neighbouring business and community in addition to improvement of the environment through avoiding methane emissions from decaying biomass.

CO2 emissions reduction

An estimate of the project’s annual carbon emission reductions achieved.

Baseline emissions140,434 MT CO2-e
Project activity emissions0 MT CO2-e
Overall emissions reduction140,434 MT CO2-e

Sustainable Development Goals

As a Paying.Green® member, your investment not only benefits the environment, but it also supports communities through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The project’s contribution to the reduction in air pollution and sustainable use of land resources are particularly significant in the improvement of the community’s livelihoods

The project displaces the use of diesel oil and contributes greatly to decreasing dependency on fossil fuel and imported oil, supporting Cambodia’s renewable energy strategy which recognizes biomass as a promising renewable energy.

The state-of-the-art technology used for rice husk power generation was first used in the project in Cambodia with the know-how transferred to local engineers.

This project results in an estimated reduction in emissions of 140,434 MT CO2-e.

Project location

The Project is located in Kandal province in Cambodia. It is 23 km away from Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia.

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