Development of an integrated ‘decision support system’ for the application of renewable energy technologies from organic substrates with applied examples from Vietnam and Thailand – implementation through networked experience of technology and training

Project duration: December 2003 – December 2004


Against the background of the worldwide increasing energy demand, the depletion of natural resources and global warming, renewable energy using biomass and organic waste represents a sustainable alternative for energy development all over the world. Two forms of energy production are particularly interesting for decentralised applications in countries like Vietnam and Thailand: the generation of biogas by anaerobic digestion of organic substances and by thermal processes. Due to the climatic conditions and the economic structure, organic substrates from farming, forestry or waste are very abundant. Furthermore renewable energy is suitable for decentralised application and can provide environmentally, economically and socially sound energy access to communities and premises. The sanitised solid product of the biogas process can be utilised as a secondary fertiliser which contributes to a closed cycle of flow of substances.

Today the overall application of renewable energy from biomass as well as research and development in this field is limited in ASEAN countries. Typical constraints are legal and institutional barriers, the lack of technology transfer and systematic data for developing renewable energy policies on supply and demand. Furthermore there is a need for improvement of applied biogas and thermal processes towards best practices.


'BiWaRE- Biomass and Waste for Renewable Energy' is an EU-supported joint applied research project in the AUNP Programme. The purpose of this project is to develop an integrated 'Decision Support System' for the application of renewable energy technologies - in particular biogas and thermal processes- with applied examples from Vietnam and Thailand. Technical, socio-economic and legal conditions of the respective countries will be considered. Based on the 'Decision Support System' a training module will be developed for integrating the results of the project into the curricula of the participating universities, contributing to a more practically oriented, integrated and innovative education.


  • to promote the increased use of renewable energy from organic substrates in Thailand and Vietnam

  • to contribute to a wider electricity access

  • to facilitate collaboration between countries of the European Union and ASEAN member countries by transfer and exchange of knowledge through networked experience

  • to contribute to an education with increased international and integrated (technical, socio-economic and regulatory) aspects into higher education

  • to promote environmental awareness.

Project partners

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Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Germany – project co-ordinator

Dr. rer.nat. Martin Wittmaier
Institut für Energie und Kreislaufwirtschaft an der Hochschule Bremen GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0) 421 5905-2311
Fax: +49 (0) 421 5905-2380


Can Tho University, Vietnam

Dr. Do Ngoc Quynh
Tel.: +84 (0) 71 834539
Fax: +84 (0) 71 831115


King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

Dr. Suvit Tia
Tel.: +66 (0) 2470 9712
Fax: +66 (0) 2427 8077


University of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Dr. CF Wooldridge
School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary
Tel.: +44 (0) 2920 874 830
Fax: +44 (0) 2920 874 326


Technical University Dresden, Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. B. Bilitewski
Institute for Waste Management and Contaminated site treatment
Tel.: +49 (0) 3501- 530030
Fax: +49 (0) 3501- 350022

Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Peter Werner
Institute for Waste Management and Contaminated site treatment
Tel.: +49 (0) 3501-530020
Fax: +49 (0) 3501 -530022

Prof. Dr. rer.pol. habil Hans Wiesmeth
Department of Economy Science, Professor for economics
Tel.: +49 (0) 3501-436 34999
Fax: +49 (0) 3501 -463 37267

Target groups & events

  • Students of environmental sciences/ engineering, agriculture, civil engineering, process engineering, environmental economics, integrated planning, etc.
  • Decision maker in planning processes of energy supply
  • Supplier of renewable energy processes/ equipment
  • Communities without energy access or with interest in alternative energy strategies
  • All other parties interested in renewable energy


  • Workshop from 9th to 10th December 2004 on Phú Quôc island, S.R. Vietnam
  • Kick-off Meeting in Can Tho, Vietnam, 06.-10.02.2004

Results & Downloads

Decision Support System


Publications & Literature


The Project was co-funded by the European Commission under the AUNP Programme.

BiWaRE is carried out within the framework of the ASEAN-EU University Network Programme (AUNP) of the European Union (EU). AUNP was launched in January 2002 as a six-year programme with a total budget of € 7.767.500. This initiative by the EU and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) aims to enhance co-operation between higher education institutions in the two regions, to promote regional integration within ASEAN countries, and to strengthen the mutual awareness of European and Asian cultural perspectives.