Power

Aseagas taps GE’s technology to generate power from biomass


  • GE’s gas engine technology will process biomass into carbon-neutral electricity from renewable organic waste
  • Set to go online by year’s end, Aseagas’s 8.8-MW biomass power plant can supply electricity to some 22,000 homes

Aseagas has signed a supply agreement with GE Distributed Power to utilize the latter’s robust gas engine technology for its first waste-to-electricity power generation facility in Lian, Batangas. It will convert organic waste from sugarcane and molasses from the nearby Absolute Distillery production plant, with which Aseagas already has an effluent supply agreement, and can generate 8.8MW of biomass electricity for an estimated 22,000 homes.Aside from electricity, the plant will have byproducts of fertilizer and CO2 that can be sold to farmers and beverage companies, respectively.

“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,” said Aseagas COO Juan Alfonso. “The Philippines’s feed-in tariff allocation right now is 250MW for biomass. Other countries like Germany, for example, have thousands of megawatts of biomass. So we’re just scratching the surface.”

The Department of Energy has noted that, if developed properly, the country’s supply of biomass resources can generate a capacity of 4,450MW, or 40% of the country’s energy needs.

GE’s gas engine technology will ensure Aseagas’s power generation facility has high levels of efficiency, modularity, and reliability in supplying power to the Philippine grid.

The first batch of Jenbacher gas engines will be delivered by October 2015 for the first of three phases of the project.