PTT unveils Asia Pacific's largest solar-powered plant-based protein production facility


NRPT Co., Ltd., a company within PTT's new business group, in collaboration with ION Energy Co., Ltd., is advancing its efforts in plant-based protein production through the utilization of solar energy.

With a capacity of 389.61 kWp and after successfully completing three months of system testing, it now yields an impressive daily output of 800 kWh of electricity.

This achievement marks a pioneering stride in sustainability, as it significantly contributes to a reduction of 27 tons of carbon emissions per month, while concurrently reducing electricity expenses by up to 30% leading to competitive advantage in production management. It also offers consumers accessible options for plant-based protein at reasonable prices, catering to the preferences of health- and environmentally-conscious individuals, serving their needs effectively.

Buranin Rattanasombat, Chief New Business and Infrastructure Officer of PTT, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at bio-tech company Innobic (Asia) Co., Ltd., another subsidiary of PTT, has revealed that NRPT's Plant & Bean (Thailand) stands as the largest integrated plant-based protein production facility in the Asia Pacific region, boasting a maximum annual production capacity of 25,000 tons. The first phase is set to commence operations in the 4th quarter of 2023, with an initial production capacity of 3,000 tons per year.

Kiatkamol Tangngamjit, Managing Director of Plant & Bean (Thailand), has stated, "For the past three months, our clean production initiatives have enabled NRPT's factories to reduce carbon emissions to 27 tons per month, with an expected projection of reaching 324 tons within one year.”

This shift toward clean energy production not only directly mitigates carbon emissions through the utilization of solar systems in production but also fosters a substantial reduction in carbon emissions by promoting the consumption of plant-based protein. This is particularly pertinent as food production processes are responsible for approximately 30% of all greenhouse gases generated on Earth, with more than half of this total stemming from meat production.

ION Energy Co., Ltd., a comprehensive solar energy solutions provider encompassing solar panel procurement, design, installation, and investment in free solar panel installations through purchase agreements with private Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), has disclosed a significant milestone.

President of ION, Peerakarn Manakij, said the system underwent rigorous testing with the ability to generate up to 800 kWh of electricity daily. This accounts for a remarkable 60% of the total electricity consumption by the factories, effectively covering nearly 100% of daytime usage. And with a seamless connection between the solar cells and the electrical grid, the factory could manufacture throughout the entire day, even during the night.

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