Philippines will soon have its first waste-to-energy plant which can power 22,000 homes.
The 8.8MW facility will be built in Lian, South Philippines. It will use organic waste from sugarcane and molasses from a nearby alcohol distillery. Apart from electricity the plant will have by-products such as fertilizers that can be sold to farmers and other companies.
The project is a collaboration collaboration between GE Power & Water and Aseagas Corporation, a Philippine fuel company providing waste-to-fuel solutions.
Biomass has the capacity to generate 4,450 MW of electricity, which is equivalent to 40% of the country’s energy needs, according to the Department of Energy.
Juan Alfonso, Aseagas Chief Operating Officer said: “I think there’s a huge potential for biomass energy in the Philippines. Our population of about 100 million is bound to generate abundant biomass resources including agricultural crop residues, animal wastes and agro-industrial wastes.