CARE – Towards Circular Indonesian Agriculture: Promoting Rice Husk to Electricity for Clean Rural Electrification


In the context of agricultural food chains, a "circular economy" aims to reduce waste while making the best possible use of the "wastes" generated by using economically viable processes to add value. The CARE project promotes the economy of the agricultural cycle in South East Asia by providing sustainable recycling paths for rice husks based on German gasification technology. The project supports the substitution of diesel fuel with gas from small biomass gasification plants. These are operated by decentralized agricultural companies in Indonesia, especially on rice mill sites, and also generate electricity. 


Project description:

The project is divided into four modules. In the first module, the technological feasibility of gasifying rice pellets with German gasification technology is to be demonstrated. In the second module the technology will be tested on site and at the same time the development of a business model will be started before the commercialization and market entry of the technology is prepared in the third module. The fourth module, which will run parallel to the other modules throughout the entire project duration, deals with project coordination and knowledge transfer. 


Project tasks:

Fraunhofer IMW's research in the project focuses on questions of technology acceptance as well as opportunities and barriers for scaling-up promising business models for applying new biomass-gasification solution by Indonesian rice millers. The aim is to support German technology suppliers with the development of market-entry strategies for successfully accessing the Indonesian market for renewable energy technologies.


Project partners:

Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember and University of Surabaya

MicroEnergy International GmbH


Project duration:

1.1.2020 – 31.3.2023

Project sheet

CARE – Towards Circular Indonesian Agriculture: Promoting Rice Husk-to-Electricity for clean rural electrification