The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI), the German biogas technology provider Lipp GmbH and the German Biogas Association kicked off a comprehensive training series on the functionality, use and maintenance of biogas system.
The training is part of a German government initiative to support the renewable energy transformation in the Philippines by adding biogas to the renewable energy mix.
In 2018, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. signed agreements to build P1 billion in biogas facilities for Dole Philippines,marking its first foray into bio-energy. Metro Pacific’s Metpower Ventures Power Holdings Inc, through Surallah Biogas Ventures Corp, finalized the deal with Dole Philippines.
“We see strong potential for biogas production in the Philippines,” said Manuel Lipp, Managing Director of Lipp company. “To support our technology on the ground, we need to train the employees so they can safely operate and maintain the plants in the future,” Lipp continues.
Lipp GmbH, in partnership with MetPower Venture Partners, is building the first industrial-scale biogas plants in Mindanao to process Dole Philippines’ pineapple waste and convert it into biogas. Once fully operational, the two plants will generate clean energy to replace fossil fuel for power, steam and heat generation.
As an agricultural country, the Philippines has great potential to process large quantities of biowaste into biogas and in doing so, reducing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Despite the potential to generate green energy while sustainably managing organic waste, high-yield biogas technology is still not widespread in the Philippines.
The training is attended by current and future Dole staff as well as participants from relevant government agencies, such as the Department of Energy and the Department of Science and Technology, and the academe represented by De La Salle University Manila and the Technological University of the Philippines Taguig Campus.
“The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to be part of this project to bring German biogas technology and experience to the Philippines,” said Dr. Martin Henkelmann, Executive Director of GPCCI.
The project is 50 percent co-financed by the German Investment Corporation (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft – DEG) through public funds of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.