Development of Downstream Technologies

In order to have a robust biomass industry, the country should have a balanced portfolio of biomass downstream industries across sectors.


Today, Malaysia already benefits from producing wood product, animal feed, energy, and using biomass directly on the field as fertilizers. Biomass-to-energy plants are being built to take advantage of the Feed-in-Tariff. While most of the biomass application at the moment are based on these fields, the industry is actually moving forward to higher value industries with the intention to tap on all opportunities such as bio-fuels and bio-chemistry.


The bigger prize is in higher value and higher risk applications. The technologies to convert lignocellulosic biomass into bioethanol is already available to-date and an additional 2-3 years of optimisation of this technology platform will allow Malaysia to tap into the high-value opportunities in biobased-chemicals.


Recognising the investment opportunities and the higher value uses of biomass, the National Biomass Strategy Delivery Unit welcomes all industry players who share the same thought with us. Together we will look into the possibilities and assess the associated risk and return for your investment.


Commercial Scale Technology (Global Landscape)

lignocellulosic pathway, OPF juice pathway, biobased chemicals, 2G biofuels, bioenergy, wood industry, pellets, fertilizer

Source: McKindsey Analysis and 1MBAS, 2015

Note: Plants commercial-ready are based on actual plants that have been set up.

Commercial Projects (2013)

biomass projects, natureworks, tropical bioenergia, abengoa, UPM, Chongqing Huangqui Petrochemical, Global Bioenergy, Elevance, Mission Biofuel, Four Arrows, Plantic, Purac, Cleancities Biodiesel India Ltd, Emami Biotech, Patum vegetable oil, Plantic

Source: Lux Research, 2015