Japanese and Vietnamese research teams are cooperating on a joint project to develop a clean and renewable natural resource from biomass.
The project, named “Sustainable Integration of Local Agriculture and Biomass Industries,” started in October 2009 and is to last for five years. It will be worked on primarily by researchers from the University of Tokyo (UT) and the Ho chi Min City University of Technology (HCMUT).
According to Dr Phan Dinh, the projects’ goal is to develop methods to produce biofuels, in particular ethanol, from biomass, which is essentially agricultural waste. This project is jointly funded by the Japanese and Vietnamese governments.