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German firms to invest in the Philippines bioenergy sector

German firms to invest in the Philippines bioenergy sector
As an agricultural country, the Philippines has plentiful of farm residues essential for bioenergy production

Eight German companies are keen to assist the Philippines in advancing its bioenergy sector, providing technology solutions and by sharing expertise.

According to an ABS-CBN News report, these companies include Vastani GmbH, Eckrohrkessel GmbH, Envitec Biogas Ag, GTP Solutions GmBH, Binder GmbH, Ascentec GmbH, Novis GmbH and Pregobello GmbH.

Representatives from the companies are currently in the country seeking to identify potential local partners and projects. They will also visit existing biomass and biogas projects in Southern Luzon region.

The country has a wide range of alternative energy sources, said Werner Siemers, consultant for Deutsche Gesellschaft International Zusammenarbeit.

“Fortunately, for the Philippines, it already has many things in place to make possible the shift to renewable energy, particularly biomass and biogas,” he added.

Bioenergy is a renewable energy derived from biomass or biological sources, including plants, animals, wood, waste, gas and alcohol fuels. Biogas is produced by the fermentation of biodegradable materials such as manure, sewage, municipal waste, green waste, plant materials and crops.

In a move to reduce fossil fuel dependence and meet rising energy demand, the Philippines has began tapping renewable energy sources. Aside from solar and wind, bioenergy is also seen as a viable alternative source of power for the country.

In support of renewable energy development in the country, the Department of Energy has enacted the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, which implemented a feed-in tariff scheme last July 2012 (see related story).

Biomass power generation is one of the renewable energy sources the Act seeks to support. Biomass power generation projects can avail of feed-in-tariff rates that price power produced at P6.63 ($0.16) per kilowatt hour.

As an agricultural country, the Philippines has plentiful farm residue supplies which are essential for bioenergy production. These include sugarcane bagasse, rice hulls and coconut husks. – EcoSeed Staff



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