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Powering growth: Energy solutions for the Philippines

/ 08:00 AM August 31, 2021

The Philippines is growing—with an ever more prosperous economy and more opportunities for its citizens. But economic growth means there is a need for more power, with plans today to increase the nation’s total installed power capacity to 58.4GW by 2030. Now, the Philippines is considering how it can meet this growing energy demand while caring for the environment and answering domestic and international calls to pursue a net zero future. This points to the need to install, operate, and maintain the most efficient and innovative energy systems to deliver reliable and decarbonized power to communities in all parts of the country.

Toward this goal, Mitsubishi Power has been helping to keep the lights on in the country for 60 years. The company continues to serve power generation needs of the Philippines by deploying latest technologies, with the help of committed local plant experts and over 1,600 staff nationwide. As a total solutions provider, Mitsubishi Power manufactures industry-sized boilers, as well as maintains and upgrades existing equipment from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and plants, to accommodate the transition to cleaner energy sources such as geothermal and hydrogen-fueled gas turbines.

Together with local partners, Mitsubishi Power is working to create a brighter, greener future for the country.

Products produced at Mitsubishi Power production facilities in the Philippines are sold throughout Asia and other parts of the world

Maintenance services for stable power

Over time, power plant equipment in constant operation needs to be upgraded to maximize efficiency and maintained at the highest performance standards. To achieve this, Mitsubishi Power runs a committed after-sales and maintenance service across the country, providing customers the power they need. Meanwhile, MHI (Philippines) Plant Services Corporation, its subsidiary company, supports power generation across the country including in Mindanao, where the company services boiler units to supplement intermittent renewable energy in the region.

Staff at Mitsubishi Power Philippines are committed to producing world-class solutions, as seen at the company’s manufacturing shop

Most recently in June, the company’s plant services team stepped up to address brownouts and restore power in Luzon, by fixing a boiler tube leak at Pagbilao Power Station within less than two days, in addition to dispatching engineers to other power plants to support outages at the same time. The team’s quick response to customer needs and excellence in executing after sales services, supports the crucial need for energy security in the Philippines.

Leveraging digital technologies

Today, technology plays a more central role in power generation, with data analytics helping improve plant performance.

Mitsubishi Power uses advanced analytics to develop smarter power plants. Through decades of operations and maintenance and plant knowledge, the company developed TOMONITM, a suite of digital solutions that leverages advanced analytics, adaptive control technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning to make power plants smarter. The service is driven by customer collaboration to deliver cost savings and environmental advantages.

TOMONI brings together industry expertise and best-in-class technologies to support decarbonization of energy and deliver reliable power

Supporting decarbonization in the energy sector

Touted as the second best investment destination for renewable energy in Southeast Asia according to a report by HSBC Global Research, the Philippines has a huge potential to reduce carbon emissions through renewable sources, such as biomass, geothermal, solar, wind, and hydropower.

To drive the transition to cleaner sources such as geothermal, Mitsubishi Power is currently supplying and installing a new set of steam turbine components for the Makban geothermal power plant in Laguna to update the facility.

Makban Geothermal Power Plant in Laguna, Philippines is powered by steam turbine components from Mitsubishi Power

Beyond renewables, there is a need to reduce the environmental impact of existing coal plants to drive decarbonization. Air quality control systems (AQCS) are able to do this through pollutant control technologies that purify exhaust gas emissions. Globally, Mitsubishi Power has implemented over 5,000 AQCS units to capture and contain pollutants, including units in the Philippines.

The road to better efficiencies and cleaner energy for the Philippines is underway – and Mitsubishi Power is playing an important role in this journey with customers and partners across the country.

Healthy power plants lead to better power supply. With most reliable and efficient equipment supported by high-quality maintenance, the company is committed to fulfilling communities’ immediate energy needs, and supporting the long-term transition to decarbonization.

For more on information on Mitsubishi Power, visit https://power.mhi.com/regions/apac/.


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