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Vol. XXVI, 4th Quarter
October – December 2008

 


PCIERD to continue focus on alternative energy, food in 2009

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY AND FOOD TECHNOLOGY development will be the focus in 2009 of the Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development.

In a freewheeling talk with media, PCIERD senior science research specialist Nilo Peña said the agency will continue its research and development effort on biofuel and solar energy.

It will also continue working on a project to develop marine current in Cebu as another potential energy source in the future. Assessment on marine current in the area started early 2008, which proponents say should have a flow rate of three meters per second. Peña identified Santander as the ideal site for the project.

In 2009, the government will implement B2 or the 2% mandatory blend of biodiesel. But implementation of E10 or the 10% mandatory bioethanol blend on gasoline in 2011 is raising concerns from car manufacturers and motorists over the potential adverse effect of the blend on rubber components of engines that clog fuel lines. In response, the government is adjusting its implementation period, Peña explained.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed R.A. 9367 or the Biofuels Act of 2006 last year, which mandates the use of biofuel or blending 2% of biodiesel in four years, and 10% of bioethanol in eight years following the law’s passage.

 

Meanwhile, PCIERD aims to reintroduce ethnic food and improve the capabilities of the regional testing laboratories. There are currently 14 testing laboratories in 14 regions capable of performing basic microbiological and chemical tests on food products.

PCIERD also plans to implement disaster management program that would equip communities in natural disaster early warning system and mitigate the effects of natural disasters on humans.

It has tapped the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration, and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology to conduct related trainings and develop a comprehensive disaster mapping system to determine high risk areas nationwide. The program will run until 2010.

Peña added that “10 more Doppler radars are set to be installed until 2011”, and two of these instruments are set to be installed in 2009. PCIERD is one of five sectoral agencies of the Department of Science and Technology that guides R&D initiatives covering industry and energy in the country.