Aboitiz Power subsidiary Aseagas, which focuses on renewable energy, has inked an agreement with General Electric’s Distributed Power business to power its first waste-to-energy project in Lian in the Province of Batangas, Philippines.
The 8.8-MW facility will be a biomass power plant running with GE’s ecomagination-approved Jenbacher gas engines. The Batangas plant will utilize organic waste from sugar cane and molasses from a nearby alcohol distillery.
Aside from electricity, the plant will have by-products of fertilizer and CO2 that can be sold to farmers and beverage companies, respectively — achieving complete “no additional waste” production.
The Department of Energy has said that the Philippines’ supply of biomass resources has the potential to generate a capacity of 4,450 MW, which is equivalent to 40 percent of the country’s energy needs, if developed.
Seven of GE’s Jenbacher gas engines, four J420 and three J320 units, will be delivered to Aseagas by October 2015 for the first of three phases of the project, targeting the power plant to go online before year’s end. The second phase commences early in 2016. Desco Incorporated — GE’s authorized distributor for Jenbacher gas engines in the Philippines — will be in charge of the installation and maintenance of the units.
GE Jenbacher gas engines also generate renewable electricity at the Electr’od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot, France, and at several landfill gas-to-energy plants across the UK.