GE in promoting clean energy in the Philippines.
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:21 August 2014
In Bacolor, Pampanga― farmers are sowing grass to fuel a revolutionary move toward renewable energy. Napier grass is now being developed as a fuel source for a power plant under the auspices of Mayor Jomar O. Hizon. It was a coincidence that he met West Stewart, Managing Director of Advanced Energy Technologies, and told him about the type of grass that can also be used as a feedlot for a power plant. They called it the "super napier grass" which has a higher crude protein than other varieties. Since Mayor Hizon‘s family owns Pampanga’s Best (a premier meat processing plant in nearby San Fernando City) he then explained the far-reaching benefits of the project. Mayor Hizon signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Stewart and Jocot de Dios, chief executive of GE Philippines, to formalize the building of a power plant that uses super napier grass as fuel project with Pampanga’s best. For his part, West discussed the process that turns grass into green energy explaining that with the technology, 60 hectares of super napier grass would yield 1 megawatt of power enough to light 10,000 100-watt bulbs for 24 hours. “The way we are going to do it is to gasify super napier grass using GE’s integrated biomass-gasification solution, which is an upgrade of traditional [gasifier] technology,” West explained. This can be the answer to areas in the Philippines that are experiencing power shortages, he pointed out. GE’s regional general manager said that they have an ideal situation where the end user is able to grow the feedstock and fuel needed to generate power for their own use in food-processing facilities. In turn, this will have a positive ripple effect, creating more employment, more investment opportunities while reducing the cost of power in many areas all at the same time. Find more information at: http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/regions/37384-ge-technology-makes-grass-a-greener-source-of-gas