Methane for Power Generation in Muaro Jambi: A Green Prosperity Model Project

Kristen Moriarty, Jessica Katz, John Barnett, Graham Hill, Michael Elchinger

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


NREL conducted eight model projects for Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) Compact with Indonesia. Green Prosperity, the largest project of the Compact, seeks to address critical constraints to economic growth while supporting the Government of Indonesia's commitment to a more sustainable, less carbon-intensive future. This study evaluates electricity generation from the organic content ofwastewater at a palm oil mill in Muaro Jambi, Sumatra. Palm mills use vast amounts of water in the production process resulting in problematic waste water called palm oil mill effluent (POME). The POME releases methane to the atmosphere in open ponds which could be covered to capture the methane to produce renewable electricity for rural villages. The study uses average Indonesia data todetermine the economic viability of methane capture at a palm oil mill and also evaluates technology as well as social and environmental impacts of the project.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages96
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Produced under direction of the Millennium Challenge Corporation by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) under Interagency Agreement IAG-12-1866 and Task No. WFQ9.1013

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5400-62346


  • anaerobic digestion
  • Indonesia
  • methane capture
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • palm oil


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