Future NRG (FNRG) aims to promote sustainability and contribute to the fight against global warming in the course of its daily business activities.
OIL MILL WASTES
Solid Orient Holdings Palm Oil Mill which is owned and operated by FNRG generates a large amount of biomass wastes such as empty fruit bunch (“EFB”) and palm oil mill effluent (“POME”) in the milling process to produce Crude Palm Oil from Oil Palm Fresh Fruit Bunches. Over the past few years, FNRG has invested into technologies for the palm oil mill to improve the mill’s and subsequently the FITTERS Group’s carbon footprint.
In the mill, we have installed and currently operate a new and more efficient high pressure boiler coupled to a higher capacity steam turbine for more efficient utilisation of oil palm biomass to generate energy in the form of steam and electricity for the milling process and other downstream “Green Mill Solution” activities. With the improved energy efficiency, the palm oil mill is able to generate more electricity with the same amount of biomass waste compared to before.
The usage of a renewable source for electricity reduces our consumption of non-renewable fossil fuel, either directly from diesel power generators or indirectly from grid electricity. In Peninsular Malaysia, grid electricity is supplied primarily by coal and gas fired power plants which emits greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and thus contributing to global warming.
With our “Green Mill Solution”, FNRG has adopted further green activities to better manage the oil palm biomass waste from the EFB and POME.
The disposal of empty fruit bunches is a common and widespread problem for the palm oil milling industry. Conventional disposal methods such as incineration, open dumping and mulching; contributes to environmental damage either directly or indirectly.
FNRG mill processes and converts the EFB into Dry Long Fibre in our Dry Long Fibre (DLF) Plant powered by energy supplied from our renewable power plant. In this process, FNRG has managed to convert biomass waste into a valuable resource which provides additional revenue to the mill while reducing FNRG’s carbon footprint. DLF produced from our Green Mill is exported for use in production of mattresses, cushions, erosion control mats etc.
BIOGAS PLANT : REDUCE CARBON EMISSION
FNRG has installed and currently operates a 2 MW Biogas Capture & Power Plant.
The biogas capture plant for the POME comprising of anaerobic digesters avoids the uncontrolled release of biogas from the existing POME treatment ponds directly to the atmosphere. Methane, which is a major component of the biogas (55-60% by volume) is a potent greenhouse gas which is more than 21x more potent compared to CO2.
In addition, generation of renewable electricity from the biogas also displaces electricity generated by conventional fossil fuel power plants and further reducing emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere.
Based on our calculations, total emission reductions from the biogas capture plant is equivalent to approximately 46,086 tCO2e/yr.
This is one of the Group’s contribution to the aim of 2015 COP21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference), which is to keep global warming below 2°C which can be achieved with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.