Mon, 04 Aug 2008
Monday, 04 August, 2008 | 11:36 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Bandung: The energy crisis has forced people to look for energy alternatives. Johan Mononutu from North Sulawesi has discovered sugar palm as a potential ethanol.

“Only the sugar palm which has turned to acid can be made into ethanol,” said Johan to Tempo, Sunday (3/8).

The commissioner of PT Seho Energi presented his theory in Bandung for two days recently.

Johan started the project in 2007 in South Minahasa with the support of the regional government. Minahasa is known for its large number of sugar palm trees.

This bio-ethanol is started by fermenting the sugar palm for three days. It is then refined to a 90-94 percent of ethanol.

The ethanol than is processed with a dehydrator to a 100-percent bio-ethanol with fuel-grade quality. “It is qualified already as a fuel for cars and industries,” said Johan.

Johan explained that 70-percent of ethanol can be used as a kerosene substitute. While a higher percentage of ethanol can be used as diesel for generators. He said that bio-ethanol is friendly.


Adelheid Sidharta


Tue, 05 Aug 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by Dilli
"Discovered"?????


Tue, 05 Aug 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
Originally Posted By: Dilli
"Discovered"?????

yeah. like how columbus discovered amerika.



Tue, 05 Aug 2008
From: JakChat
Comment by viperaberushitam
If I remember correctly I believe 85% of the cars in Brazil run on ethanol made from sugar cane and it is not like corn where the States spends more energy through the process to make ethanol from corn than what they receive back from the finished product. If they follow Brazil's lead with sugar cane in Indonesia could be independent like Brazil is of oil imports but then again someone here will probably figure out a way to screw it up.........



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