A more environment-friendly and practical technology, compared to other equipment running on fossil fuels, is providing adequate power to rural residents of a remote fisherman’s island village in Palawan using only waste biomass.
In a statement, Solutions Using Renewable Energy (SURE) Inc. said it has installed its portable 20kW Biomass Gasifier Generator Set, also known as the Power Pallet, manufactured by All Power Labs to generate electricity for Green Island utilizing merely dry coconut shells which are abundantly scattered in the area.
Claire Lee, SURE assistant vice president for operations, said that no more than three-fourths of the under four hundred households on the island village is being lighted for just four hours, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., daily by two costly purok-owned 10 KVA diesel-fueled generator sets.
“Today, the remaining one-fourth of the total number of families living on Green Island who never had electricity in their homes is currently being powered eight to fifteen hours a day by SURE’s Renewable Energy Hybrid Microgrid System that includes the Power Pallet which runs on free waste organic materials,” Lee noted.
For a runtime of one hour, the Power Pallet consumes 18 kilograms of biomass weight to have a power output of 15-kilowatt hours.
Lee added that besides giving access to substantial energy for necessary appliances of some two hundred people, the Power Pallet also runs the island village’s ice flakes maker that is essential to the residents’ main livelihood and its brackish water desalination system that supplies eight hundred liters of potable water per day.
Green Island used to be dependent on the main city of Roxas, Palawan to buy drinking water and ice, requiring around one ton every day to preserve, store and transport their fish.
Also, the people of the island village have learned to use the heat produced by the Power Pallet for drying seaweeds which only takes five hours compared to their earlier practice of sun drying which takes two days.
SURE’s Green Island project is in collaboration with USAID, Palawan Council for Appropriate Rural Technology and the local government of Roxas, Palawan. SURE said it will continues to develop and implement Renewable Energy projects that originates from a shared vision among its founders who have substantial years of exposure in the environment and energy industries.