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Thailand taps rice, sugar biomass to wean itself from fossil fuels

Nation shifts to renewables with private sector leading the charge

A farmer harvests rice in Thailand. The country plans to produce more electricity by burning chaff, the residue generated during the grain harvesting process.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand has launched a full-fledged effort to adopt biomass as a major future energy source, a drive that has received a boost from companies looking for relief from skyrocketing fossil fuel prices.

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