Biomass is the largest renewable resource in use and offers cost effective and sustainable opportunities that can meet the rising global energy demand. Bio-mass forms almost two-thirds of all renewables - or 10% of the world primary energy mix - in the fasting growing renewable sector, owing to its competitive prices.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that bio-mass will become increasingly important as a source of energy, rising to 30 per cent of the world primary energy mix by 2050.
In the Philippines, modern bio-mass energy applications have been in use for decades. Since mid1990’s, the Philippine Department of Energy has been promoting the development and widespread use of bio-mass resources, by way of encouraging pilot-testing, demonstration, and commercial use of bio-mass combustion systems, gasification and other systems for power, steam and heat generation.
The Philippines has an abundant supply of bio-mass resources in the form of agricultural crop residues, forest residues, and agro-industrial wastes. Yet, despite its abundant natural resources and focus on renewable energy, the Philippines has the distinction of having the most expensive electricity in Asia, due largely to an underdeveloped bio-mass energy industry and consequent continued reliance on expensive fossil fuels. At the same time, native forests have been depleted by using wood for household cooking and by its conversion to charcoal, feeding a large, illegal charcoal trade.
Many attempts to tap into the vast potential of agricultural and forestry residues as a fuel source have been made, among others, through deployment of bio-mass densification technologies, or “briquetting,” geared to overcome the shortcomings of bio-mass wastes - poor combustion characteristics, low bulk densities, and high storage and handling costs.
Nonetheless, in the Philippines, private investments in briquette production has been limited and showed limited success in providing a commercially viable briquette solution on an industrial scale.
FBES is proud to present its unique agro-briquette. It is the first bio-mass based, uncarbonized briquette in South-East Asia that provides a cost-efficient, commercially viable alternative to fuel wood, coal, and other fossil fuel on an industrial scale. Agro-briquettes, formed under high pressure and temperature, with a bulk density of 5-7 times that of loose material, thereby significantly decreasing transportation and storage costs, can provide a higher practical thermal value and lower ash content than coal, while having a positive impact on the environment, national energy independence, and regional economy.
Filipinas Bio-Energy Solutions (FBES) is in the business of producing and commercializing innovative fuel products, as an environmentally friendly and cost effective alternative to traditional fuel sources prevalent in commercial and commercial sectors. The alternative fuel product, provided in uncarbonized, briquette form factor, is derived from agricultural waste products and byproducts from industrial activities, such as bagasse, rice husk, coconut husk, and sawdust, which can be procured with ease and economically in the Philippines.
Complemented by a network of bio-mass feedstock providers, distributors, and supply chain service providers, a sustainable agro-briquette system can be deployed at any location in the Philippines, where non-food bio-mass and residues are abundant.
FBES’s business model is modeled after and benefits from a successful briquetting operation that deploys the same technology and plant equipment FBES will implement.
Taking advantage of an innovative technology and sustainable, abundant raw materials from agricultural and industrial activities, FBES will establish and maintain leadership in uncarbonized agro-briquette production and commercialization in South East Asia, by promoting the use of uncarbonized agro-briquette in heating and other thermal energy applications in industrial and commercial sectors. FBES’ agro-briquette will be positioned as a commercially viable alternative to fossil fuels, which can provide economic stimulus to rural regions and positive impact on the environment and Philippines’ energy independence.
While generating significant return on investment through sale of products and carbon credits, FBES looks to contribute toward reducing collective dependency on fossil fuel, reducing greenhouse gas emission, and providing a sustainable waste management solution.