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High-ethanol petrol for motorbikes promoted
« on: April 08, 2011, 05:59:11 PM »
High-ethanol petrol for motorbikes promoted

The Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department is promoting gasohol E85 for community use, starting with the cooperation of tambon Tha Kham in Songkhla.

Krairit Nilkooha, director-general of the department, said E85 was now being promoted for motorcycles. Initially, the department aims to retrofit 150 motorcycles for the high-ethanol-content fuel, from the total number of 400 that are enlisted for the programme.

PTT and Bangchak Petroleum have been approached for the distribution of E85 in the tambon. The department expects initial demand to hit 2,000 or 3,000 litres a month.

The department has sought cooperation from Suranaree University in Nakhon Ratchasima to transfer knowledge about the engine retrofit to at least three repair shops.

In the Tha Kham area, 2,000 motorcycles are in use.

"In this pilot project, motorcycle owners will save on fuel costs by nearly half of the original price," Krairit said. "With 91-octane petrol, they have to pay Bt42 per litre. But E85 or petrol with lower ethanol content would cost them Bt22-Bt29 per litre. This project also aims at educating the locals about E85.

"By doing so, we will also boost the prices of agricultural products used for the production of ethanol." The department plans to introduce a similar programme in other communities, to encourage them to group a certain number of motorcycles for engine retrofit.

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