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The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of Poznan Strategic Programme on Technology Transfer for Climate Change under UN Framework for Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as an implementing agency.

The objective of the project is to remove barriers in support of south – south technology transfer on ethanol production from cassava. Innovative technology to produce bioethanol from cassava offers higher productivity of cassava production and reduced energy and time used during fermentation process. This technology package could be transferred to interested recipient countries, in Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (LMV), together with technical assistance that shares lessons learnt from Thailand.

The project received endorsement for implementation from the GEF in late April 2012. It is expected to fully start executing activities in Q4, 2013.

Expected Outputs

1.    Institutional capacity strengthening to be regional hub of ethanol production from cassava.
Key Indicators:

•    Information hub established for dissemination and supporting the south-south technology transfer
•    Ethanol technology package finalized for dissemination
•    Manuals, tool kits and structured training programs developed for technology transfer
•    Database on ethanol technology developed and maintained by ethanol information hub

2.    South-South technology transfer: Capacity building and policy dialogue with participants from Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (LMV).
Key Indicators:

•    Regional awareness created for the new technology package
•    Trainings conducted in Thailand for farmers, entrepreneurs and technicians
•    Trainings conducted in Thailand for engineers, scientists and researchers
•    Pricing practices and policy environment improved; activities to be conducted in Viet Nam with Laos participants

3.    Demonstration and commercialization of the technology and private sector development.
Key Indicators:

•    A demonstration plant established in Thailand with ethanol production capacity of 200 l/d at Liquor Distillery Organization, Excise Department, Bangkla District, Chacheongsao Province
•    Training centre established at Food Industries Research Institute (FIRI), Viet Nam to disseminate and provide trainings on the new technology package
•    A demonstration plant established in FIRI with ethanol production capacity of 50 l/d
•    Financing opportunities improved to finance the new technology
•    Private sector assisted in project development for replicating the projects
•    Bio-ethanol production technology commercialized with the establishment of 400,000 l/d plant in Myanmar


Technology package Advantages of the package
1. Improved productivity of cassava root production

- Increased productivity 19t/h to 47t/h without the change in cassava variety

- Adoption of new soil conservation practice

- Increased avoided emission

2. Improved in-factory raw material management and pre-fermentation practices

- Increased flexibility for in-factory supply management

- Reduced water, energy, and resource consumption

- Reduced transportation cost between farmers and factory

- Lowered average cost of bio-ethanol production

3. Improved fermentation process

- Increased ethanol concentration using “Very High Gravity - Simultaneous Saccharification and Fermentation (VHG-SSF) technology

- Shortened process and fermentation time

- Reduced time and energy usage in distillation

- Increased avoided emission

KMUTT’s bio-ethanol technology package emits 61.93 ton CO2eq/100,000L lower in comparison with conventional technology of bio-ethanol production from cassava chips by Life Cycle Analysis Method.


Duration 4 years (48 Months from Q4 2013 – Q4 2017)
Location Thailand, Myanmar, and Viet Nam with participation from Lao PDR (South-South Cooperation)
Budget USD 2,6000,000
Donor Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Implementing Agency   
-    United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (Co-Financing USD 191,000)

Counterpart agencies and partners
-    King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand  (Co-Financing USD 3,397,000)
-    Liquor Distillery Organization Excise Department, Thailand (Co-Financing USD 2,130,000)
-    Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), Viet Nam   (Co-Financing USD 375,000)
-    Food Industries Research Institute (FIRI), Viet Nam (Co-Financing USD 972,000)
-    Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) through a private sector company  (Co-Financing USD 25,000,000)

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