Negros sugar company gets DOST grant for renewable energy
A firm from Negros Oriental, Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company, has received a grant from the Department of Science and Technology for P990,000 worth of equipment for renewable energy.
In a statement, the DOST said the equipment is the first in the country that would enhance the company’s muscovado production.
The DOST said the facility, called the fluidized bed gasification system, converts the waste from the sugar production into a new source of renewable energy. The DOST’s Industrial Technology Institute introduced the facility that converts biomass into a new source of renewable energy. When the waste from agriculture production is burned, the oxygen or air is then introduced into the fluidized bed gasification system to produce carbon dioxide and energy. It also drives a second reaction that converts waste material to hydrogen and more carbon dioxide.
Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company president and CEO Alejandro Florian Alcantara said the system supplies the electricity for the company’s operations and brings down their costs.
“I see several advantages to powering our turbines with synthetic gas produced by ITDI’s FBG System. These are 100 percent reduction of our agricultural wastes, production of our monthly electricity requirement at no cost, and significant reduction of gaseous pollutants due to the near-zero combustion process of the FBG System,” Alcantara said.
The DOST said the system is expected to provide around 40 percent of the company’s total electricity requirement.
Raw Brown Sugar Milling Company produces nearly 1,100 tons of pure, whole and unrefined muscovado annually.
DOST-ITDI’s Engr. Apollo Victor Bawagan said the gasification of sugarcane bagasse and sugarcane trash is “most interesting” because the produced synthetic gas has a near-zero combustion. Bawagan led the DOST-ITDI team that modified the biomass carbonizer technology for sugarcaen bagasse to support the setting up of the facility.