Power plants fueled by trash to rise in Pangasinan and Cebu

Waste to Energy
Photo of CNIM Waste-to-energy plant in Thiverval

Kuryente sa basura (Waste to Energy)! Power plants, using trash as fuel and anticipated to eliminate the need for dumpsites, will soon rise in Pangasinan and Cebu.

Integrated Green Technology Inc. (IGT), a newly established Filipino waste management renewal energy firm, might have found the answer to the mounting garbage problems and skyrocketing energy bills in the Philippines.

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The process is based on the latest technology in incinerating solid waste to produce electricity. It uses flue gas treatment technology that captures toxic and poisonous particles in the emissions.

IGT estimates that 50 tons of solid waste can produce 1 megawatt of electricity using the waste-to-energy technology they intend to use in the country.

The waste management company added that the host municipality will get 1% income from the profit and an estimated 15-20% reduction in their electric bills.

IGT President and Chief Executive Michael Jimenez assured environmentalists and nature lovers that they have nothing to worry about since their process is even much cleaner than what the Philippines’ Clean Air Act has prescribed. The technology has passed the stricter European standard (euro 6) Clean Air Act compared to the Philippines’ (euro 2) Clean Air Act.

Photo of CNIM waste-to-energy plant in Kent. Credits to CNIM.

Jimenez also revealed to media that they are presently finalizing partnership with the provincial governments of Pangasinan and Cebu to build several trash-fed power plants by the year 2022.

The planned facility in Pangasinan is expected to process 970 tons of solid waste daily to be turned into 19 megawatts.

The two facilities planned in Cebu are expected to process 320 tons of waste each daily, producing 6 MW.

Michael Jimenez said the construction of the plants will start in the first quarter of 2020 and is expected to be completed in two years at a total cost of US$230 million or about Php11.6 billion.

IGT has engaged CNIM Martin Private Ltd., an Indian-based technology partner that has a French-based parent company whose technology was patented in Germany. CNIM has a proven track record of running 170 waste-to-energy facilities in 23 countries. The partnership has the full support of European funders, including the London-based Allied Project Services Ltd.

A lot of people will be watching this project to see if everything the technology has promised is delivered. The success of these projects would give many municipalities, cities, and especially Metro Manila the solution to the perennial garbage woes and mountainous garbage in landfills. With proper garbage collection and disposal, the positive effect will be felt across the country. The people, animals, sea creatures, and the environment will surely benefit from a healthier environment.

Filipino inventions have sought to address waste management issues, among the recent ones, San Miguel Corporation’s use of biodegradable plastic packaging, Pinoy scientists’ developing organic glue from used tea leaves and tobacco stalk waste, and barangay level collection of electronic wastes for recycling.

SEND congratulations to the people of Pangasinan and Cebu for finding ways to properly manage their wastes!

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