The micro-scale solar thermal power plant at Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)
As part of the Science for Change Program (S4CP) Mindanao Cluster Summit, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara visited the Mindanao Renewable Energy Center (MREC) at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) in Bangkal Davao City on May 27, 2022.
MREC is Davao region’s first Niche R&D Center for emerging renewable energy harvesting technologies focusing on Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) under DOST’s Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) Program.
The program is currently constructing and installing a micro-scale power plant to develop a working solar thermal system for electricity generation and heating processes.
Dr. Renyl B. Barroca, Assistant Dean of the AdDU School of Engineering and Architecture and Project Leader of the CSP Research Project, emphasized that aside from the power generation, heating is one of the essential components of the project because it’s a massive business in the country. The adoption of this technology for district heating by hotels and industries producing hot water for clients will reduce the costs for the industry.
MREC researchers are also working on designs and development of ORE technologies, to include a floating marine integrated renewable energy system for electric generation and other stimulation setup and modeling components.
The AdDU Research Council Chairperson, Dr. Lourdesita S. Chan, said that the University continues to do projects on the development and promotion of renewable energy because it is principally committed to the service of Mindanao. She expressed her gratitude to the DOST for complementing the initiatives done by the University concerning their scientific breakthroughs.
MREC Chairperson Dr. Nelson H. Enano, Jr., envisions the Center to become an innovation hub that has consolidated science-based information that will assist policy formulation on energy generation and consumption in Mindanao. MREC shall also guide the development of an enabling environment for the commercialization of these low-carbon technologies leading to a more environmentally-friendly and affordable electricity production as well as to the total electrification through renewable energy microgrids, especially those in the remote island communities in Mindanao.
Usec. Guevara said that MREC is one of the DOST S4CP’s key accomplishments, noting the significant contributions of potential impacts of its R&D outputs to address the energy problem in Mindanao. She added that DOST is committed to distributing R&D funding opportunities to more parts of the country, including Mindanao.
Usec. Guevara further conveyed gratitude to the AdDU researchers and faculty for being good R&D partners of the DOST. She lauded the University for its commitment to research programs by investing in research despite the risks that come with it, highlighting that the University is a private university.
“R&D is no longer just the public sectors in Davao but the private sectors as well. This is the kind of change that we would like to produce through the DOST Science for Change Program,” Usec. Guevara said.
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