To advance the Philippines’ ability to harness wind energy, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Research and Development of Industry, Energy and Emerging Technologies (DOST-PCIEERD) funded the establishment of the country’s first wind turbine research, development and development center. testing lab in Iloilo City which was launched on Tuesday.
Developed and hosted by the Central University of the Philippines (CPU), the lab will spearhead R&D initiatives that will serve as a foundation to help policy makers update and formulate renewable energy (RE) policies. , assess the potential of island communities to harness wind energy and assist local government units. (LGU) to do this, and provide various testing services to assess the performance of wind turbines to ensure that the country’s growing wind farms can maximize RE generation.
“As CPU, through its affiliated Renewable Energy Center (AREC), had been involved in the development and installation of wind energy systems as far back as the 1990s, it is high time that we built a R&D and testing to analyze the long-term performance of existing wind farms and help the sector take off,” said project manager and chairman of CPU’s mechanical engineering department, Ing. Jeriel G. Militar.
In addition, the facility will host training programs on the use of wind tunnels, wind monitoring systems, and prototyping software and hardware.
It will also lead to the design of wind turbine prototypes, guides for conducting wind resource assessment and standard test protocols or procedures.
“We anticipate that our initiatives through this lab, coupled with the availability of local support for training, repair and maintenance, will encourage the adoption of local technologies by local communities and help increase the use of wind energy, a clean environment and renewable energies, in the region,” Militar added.
The lab is strategically established on Panay Island as it is one of the identified suitable locations for generating wind power in the Philippines, especially for small-scale wind power applications.
DOST-PCIEERD, as the financing and monitoring agency for the project through its Institutional Development Program (IDP), is optimistic that the CPU Wind Turbine Development and Testing Laboratory will unlock the country’s ability to produce wind energy.
“We are confident that the facility will further showcase the vast wind potential of the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries, driving the accelerated growth of the wind power market. This inspires us at DOST-PCIEERD to help more institutions establish and upgrade their own facilities to enrich their regions with R&D initiatives that uplift the entire nation,” said DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director, Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.
To date, IDP has contributed to the establishment and modernization of 37 laboratories throughout the country, for a total investment of 194.42 million pesos.
The grant covers the purchase of laboratory equipment and facilities, including highly specialized software, and other relevant operational expenses.
DOST-PCIEERD will be accepting proposals under the IDP this year, so interested institutions are recommended to stay informed via the Council’s social media accounts (@dostpcieerd) and/or the website at https: //www.pcieerd.dost.gov.ph.
For more details on how to apply, please see https://pcieerd.dost.gov.ph/supported-programs-projects/strategic-thrusts-and-programs/240-institution-development.