Agriculture - - First Of Its Kind -

A SUGAR COM­PANY fi­nally built a fa­cil­ity—the first of its kind in the coun­try—that con­verts wastes to new source of re­new­able en­ergy. Called the Flu­idized Bed Gasi­fi­ca­tion (FBG) Sys­tem, the fa­cil­ity was re­cently un­veiled by the Raw Brown Sugar Milling Com­pany, Inc. in Pam­plona, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

The FBG Sys­tem, in­tro­duced by the Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gyIn­dus­trial Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment In­sti­tute (DOST-ITDI), is used by man­u­fac­tur­ing plants to con­vert biomass into new source of re­new­able en­ergy.

Agri wastes are “burned” when a lim­ited amount of oxy­gen or air is in­tro­duced into the FBG Sys­tem to pro­duce car­bon diox­ide and en­ergy. This drives a sec­ond re­ac­tion that fur­ther con­verts waste ma­te­rial to hy­dro­gen and ad­di­tional car­bon diox­ide; this is the gasi­fi­ca­tion stage.

As such, the sys­tem helps sup­ply the com­pany’s elec­tric power re­quire­ments and brings down its elec­tric­ity costs, says Atty. Ale­jan­dro Flo­rian O. Al­can­tara, pres­i­dent and CEO of the com­pany. “I see sev­eral ad­van­tages to pow­er­ing our tur­bines with syn­thetic gas pro­duced by ITDI’s FBG Sys­tem. These are [a] 100 per­cent re­duc­tion of our agri­cul­tural wastes, pro­duc­tion of our monthly elec­tric­ity re­quire­ment at no cost, and sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion of gaseous pol­lu­tants due to the near-zero com­bus­tion process of the FBG Sys­tem.”

The flu­idized bed gasi­fier up close.

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