During the COP28 in Dubai, Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Group (CP Group), along with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota), and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies (CJPT) announced progress in their pilot project to produce one of Thailand’s first bio-hydrogen supply of an initial volume of 2kg/day.
The Thai-Japanese partnership announced that they have completed their first trial of using poultry waste to produce bio-hydrogen, marking an important milestone in their journey towards decarbonising the transportation sector.
Backed by state-of-the-art equipment, biogas derived from poultry waste provided by CP Group’s farms is used to produce the bio-hydrogen. This collaborative effort demonstrates CP Group and Toyota/CJPT’s commitment to innovation and dedication to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of this initiative, Toyota has also established Thailand’s first Biogas-Derived Hydrogen Production Equipment at its Asia headquarters in Samut Prakan province, south of Bangkok.
To showcase the potential of bio-hydrogen as a clean energy source, the team said it will now embark on its next phase to trial the fuel for long-haul transportation. This trial will test the viability and performance of bio-hydrogen as an alternative energy source for the transportation sector.
Together, the companies hope to eventually adopt bio-hydrogen for CP Group’s long-haul logistics, including the powering of delivery trucks for parts of its operations in Thailand.
Speaking at the Thailand Pavilion at the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, CP Group Chairman Soopakij Chearavanont said: “We are all in a race against climate change. COP28 presents a great opportunity for us all to come together, share ideas, and find innovative solutions. It is a privilege to unite with Toyota and Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies Corporation to find revolutionary renewable energy solutions and pioneering approaches. Together, we aspire to create a world where sustainability becomes a way of life.”
Bio-hydrogen has the potential to play a significant role in Thailand’s decarbonization push, and in addition to poultry waste to biogas, the partnership is also exploring broader mobility solutions and is pleased to announce the successful completion of a second test project into the role that drones can play in supporting agriculture in Thailand.
Toyota created a fuel cell-powered drone that has successfully been used across a number of CP farms in support of seeding, the fertilization of crops as well as other agricultural tasks.
CP Group, through its subsidiaries, also operates a large fleet of commercial vehicles. The partnership is actively exploring how different types of electric vehicles, including HEVs (hybrid electric), BEVs (battery electric), and FCEVs (fuel cell electric), can be optimised for both urban logistics and agricultural transportation, as well as how data can be effectively used to optimise loading processes and route planning to minimize fuel consumption and emissions associated with transportation.
Masahiko Maeda, CEO of the Asia Region of Toyota Motor Corporation noted, “With the country’s agriculture resources combined with the extensive and strong value chain of CP Group along with Toyota/CJPT’s mobility business expertise, Thailand’s first trial for producing hydrogen from poultry farm’s biogas can be utilised for greener logistics. We would like to expand the scope of our collaboration to promote initiatives for carbon neutrality suited to Thailand in the three areas of energy, data, and mobility.”