Submitted by: Energy Research Institute of Shandong Academy of Sciences
Implemented country: China
Title: Straw as an energy source
The Energy From Straws Program (EFSP) established to entice farmers to trade-in their straw harvest and receive clean energy in return. Between 1986 and 1995, a cooking gas supply system for villages was developed, which can efficiently convert straw into gas that then can used by the farmers for cooking. Over 300 systems have been constructed in China, resulting in the improvement of the farmers’ cooking situation and the reduction of indoor and outdoor air pollution. In addition, a 200kW straw power plant was put into operation in 2005 and another is currently being planned. Over the course of the next ten years the plan is to convert straw into liquid fuel, such as biological diesel.