German firms eye PH energy projects

Technology, equity for biomass, biogas sectors


According to Werner Siemers, GIZ consultant for energy from biomass and biogas, the Philippines has an abundance of agricultural residues that could be used for bioenergy including rice hulls, which remain underutilized. PHOTO FROM DOST.GOV.PH

The Philippines remains a lucrative market for Germany-based technology providers looking for opportunities in the local renewable energy industry, specifically in the biomass and biogas sectors.

Representatives from eight German firms—Vastani GmbH, Eckrohrkessel GmbH, Envitec Biogas AG, GTP Solutions GmbH, Binder Gmbh, Ascentec GmbH, Novis GmbH and Pregobello GmbH—are in the country not only to share innovative knowledge to the Philippine market, but also to identify potential partners and biomass/biogas projects during a business forum held last Monday.

The “Philippine-German Forum for Energy from Biomass and Biogas,” which gathered more than 200 participants, was organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“[The German firms] were really very happy with the quality of the projects they were informed about and therefore they are very optimistic,” ECCP vice president Martial Beck said in a briefing on Wednesday. “The German companies are aware that there are really good projects here and they are willing to participate. Some of them said that they are willing to partially invest in some projects.”

Werner Siemers, GIZ consultant for energy from biomass and biogas, noted that the Philippines was fortunate to have all the tools that would allow the shift to renewable energy, particularly biomass and biogas.

According to Siemers, the Philippines has an abundance of agricultural residues that could be used for bioenergy such as sugarcane, rice hulls, coconut husks and farm residue materials, which remain underutilized.

The Department of Energy is targeting to add 276.7 megawatts of biomass capacity between 2011 and 2030. It has, to date, granted a total of 27 service contracts for biomass projects for grid use (186.3 MW) and 22 contracts for proponent’s own use (32.7 MW), according to Andresito Ulgado of the renewable energy management bureau at the DOE.

Ulgado added that the country’s existing potential biomass and biogas feedstock supply, which is not being fully used to date, could generate an equivalent 360 MW or 1.092 billion liters of diesel equivalent annually.

The DOE official highlighted the potential benefits of biomass and biogas facilities as these could be used for baseload power generation, directly and favorably impact income of farmers and farm workers, generate foreign exchange savings in lieu of displaced oil imports, increase local government taxes and alleviate poverty.

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  • dikoy321

    Views from Germany:

    Really, WHY is the Philippines not doing MORE on Renewable Energy sources ?

    Germans use SOLAR power, although sunshine in Germany is about only 3-4 months in a year, compared to almost 360 days (or 12 months!) in the Philippines !

    My brother-in-law, a farmer, takes in about 30 Tons of cattle/pig manure per day in his BIOGAS plant, right on his farm !  He collects manure from his own farm as well as from his neighbor farmers’ cattle ! He sells generated electricity to big consumers in his City !  Estimated Gross income is Euro 3.0M, with expenses estimated at half !

    Of course he has also installed SOLAR panel generators on his farms roof !  Even the BODY HEAT generated from his cattle is tapped and brought to the farmhouse, keeping the home WARM for himself and his family !

    Wake up dear countrymen, mga Kababayan !  Work, Work, Work !  Less drinking, more thinking and DOING !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • Your_King

    Yeah but where are the investors? Germany is eyeing but potential won’t help the country improve. Thus far the big time investors have been missing during the last 3 years. And there has been potential investors who have backed out of the Philippines. Ford is apparently closing down or is having some down-sizing and factories that were planned to be put up in the Philippines have been aborted.

    • Saint Luci

      It’s better than nothing. Kesa naman walang interesado at all kahit man lang sa technology sharing. No man is an island.

      • Your_King

        Exactly something is always better than nothing, if it’s good. However, in Aquino’s 3 years it has been NOTHING!Aquino is living on an island literally and metaphorically.


    lol.. sana dito nalang yan.. wag na export..

  • 1voxPopuli

    use waste for power – ayos!

  • alvin

    go go go PH….

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