The GERMAN-building engineer Lipp has joined forces in building two industrially-sized biogas plants in Mindanao using farmer waste to generate renewable energy with a subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC).

The German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry said in a press release on Wednesday that the German tank building specialist is working together with the wholly-owned MPIC MetPower Venture Partners Holdings Inc. for both plants.

Pinanas from a nearby canned goods company to produce electricity would substitute fossil fuel capacity in biogas plants.

“Lip GmbH is constructing the first commercial biogas plants in Mindanao, in collaboration with MetPower Venture Partners, to process and turn Dole Philippine pineapple waste into biogas. The two power plants will provide renewable energy to substitute fossil fuel for electricity, steam and fire,” the German Chamber of Industry said.

It listed the ability of the agricultural nation in biogas production and added that the technology has not yet been widely used in the Philippines.

MetPower said on its Website it was pursuing a partnership with Dole Philippines for P1-billion waste-to-energy (WTE). The project is designed to harvest biogas from the fruit waste of the canneries of South Cotabato in the Dole Philippines.

The project is expected to provide renewable electricity to Dole with 5.7 megawatts (MW) and to add 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emission annually. As the MPIC Unit mentioned at its website, the goal date for facility completion will be the first half of this year.

In May, WTE’s first tranche of subsidy earned by the Japanese Government was up to 50 percent of its capital expense.

On Tuesday, as part of the German Government’s initiative for the addition of biogas to the Philippines clean energy mix, the German Chamber, Lipp GmbH and the German Biogas Association conducted a complete training sequence on the usage and maintenance of biogas systems.

Manuel Lipp, Managing Director Lipp GmbH, said in his speech, “We see a great opportunity for biogas output in the Philippines.

“We need to educate staff to securely manage and sustain facilities on the ground to complement our infrastructure on the ground,” he said.

The training program consisted of Dole Philippine employees, science and technology graduates, and academics.

Martin Henkelmann, Manager of the Chamber of Commerce between Germany and the Philippines, said that his team is “proud to be part of the project aimed at bringing German biogas technology and expertise to the Philippines.”

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