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RSCC-10 identifies 16 research areas for energy development in NM

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (20 December) -- Pres. Arroyo said the sale of Mirant assets to a consortium led by Tokyo Electric Power Company and Marubeni Corporation of Japan for almost US$3.5B comes in the heels of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's commitment of huge development assistance to the Philippines.

Accompanied by his wife, Abe arrived in the country last week to discuss bilateral concerns dominated by meaningful developments during 50 years of diplomatic ties between the Philippines ad Japan form 1956 to 2006.

"This power venture to build a formidable alliance with Japan as exemplified by the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) is a happy development for our country as it is a clear proof that we are on the runway to economic take off on the back of growing political stability," the President said.

Meanwhile, the Regional Statistics Coordinating Committee (RSCC) of Northern Mindanao has identified at least 16 potential areas for research on energy development in the region.

Regional Director Myra V. Balandra of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Chairperson of RSCC-10 said the list is actually an output of the recently concluded Research Agenda-Setting Workshop on Energy conducted during 2007 October Statistical Month Celebration which was focused on the theme, "Empowering Consumers Through Responsive Energy Statistics."

The research areas include the following: The Feasibility of Producing Other Bio-fuels, like Jatropha bio-diesel, Biogas and Ethanol: Storing Biogas for Household Use, Community-based Production, Storage and Distribution of Bio-gas and Ethanol from Nipa and Other Indigenous Palm Species.

BioMass as Fuel: Techno-Economic Viability, Design and Construction of Backyard and Biogas Digester for Domestic Applications.

Feasibility of the Use of Alternative and Renewable Energy under Philippine Conditions: Viability of Production( Tidal Power/Sea Waves, How to Tap Ocean Current for Electric Generators, Study on the Potential Hydro-Power Generation Using Hydro-Channel between Panguil Bay and the Ilanan Bay of the Moro Gulf, Wind Energy, solar Energy, Production of Cheaper Solar Panels for Household Application ad Improving CNG and Biogas Technology.

Ecological and Health Effects of Alternative and Renewable Sources of Energy: Ecological and Health Effect of the use of Solar Dryers, e.g. Radiation Effects, Inventory/Assessment of Renewable Energy Resources in Region 10, Potential Applications of Renewable Energy in Region 10 and Effects of Radiation on Products Dried on Solar Dryers.

Geothermal Research: Long Term Ecological Effects of Geothermal Energy Utilization and Comparative Study on the Long-Term Effects of LPG-Powered and Gasoline/Diesel Powered Vehicles on the Economy and the Environment.

Energy Cost-Cutting Strategies: Cost Reduction Effects of Energy Cost-Cutting Strategies and Assessing the Effects of WESM's Implementation on Rural Electrification in Mindanao.

Waste Utilization: Sugarcane Waste Utilization and Possible Uses of Coal Ashes and other Coal Plant Solid Waste, i.e., Utilization of Solid by-Products (Ashes) of the STEAG Coal Plant and Use of LPG in Vehicles: Safety Implications on the Use of LPG in Vehicles and Cost Analysis of the Use of LPG in Vehicles System Readiness of Misamis Oriental Rural Electric Service Coop (MORESCO)-1 for Power Generation. (PIA 10) [top]

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