DTW Renewable Energy Feasibility Study: Capacity for DTW to partake in the research, development and manufacturing of energy- related technologies in Cambodia.
DTW is always looking for new business development opportunities. At the point in time that the Cambodian government indicated its intent to introduce a subsidies program to promote the development of the country’s energy sector, DTW undertook an investigation into the possibilities for entry into the energy market as a local manufacturer designing small-scale energy systems. In order to assess viability, DTW hired a technical advisor to carry out a feasibility study. The study guidelines listed the following objectives:
Research into (renewable) energy related technologies and identification of those financially and technically feasible for DTW to participate in the Cambodian energy market as a local manufacturer.
In order to clearly identify suitable technologies, the study involved three stages: selection of potential technologies, research into each of these as applied to the Cambodian situation, and an in-depth feasibility study on those technologies which appeared to have potential for DTW.
Technologies investigated during the study:
- Small-Scale Wind systems
- Solar systems
- Small- Scale Hydro systems
- Biomass systems
- Hybrid systems (combination of two technologies)
After researching the different systems in their current situation and development in Cambodia, the study recommended that DTW focus on biomass systems: industrial scale bio-digestion and bio-gasification.
During the process of research conducted in this study, DTW established working relations with two organisations active in the development of biomass systems in Cambodia: BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Agency) for conversion of a small truck engine for an industrial scale bio-digester; and SME (Small Medium Enterprises) to discuss the potential of designing and developing a professional Cambodian bio-gasifier in the near future.