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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.

Thailand took up the bio-circular-green economic model a year ago as a way to revive its pandemic-battered economy. The idea is to promote new industries on the foundation of the country's dominant agricultural sector. Biomass energy relies on the burning of plant matter instead of fossil fuels.

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