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From waste to energy: SMC to convert rice husks into electricity

Farmers will soon be able to transform the waste generated by rice production into clean, affordable energy.

Farmers will soon be able to transform the waste generated by rice production into clean, affordable energy.

Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. announced plans to use rice husk, the outer layer of the grain which is removed during the milling process, to generate electricity for its power plants as part of its big renewable and sustainable energy push.

SMC will convert existing power plants into biomass power facilities.

Power arm SMC Global Power operates two new clean coal plants in Limay, Bataan and Malita, Davao which utilize CFB combustion technology. This is among the world?s most advanced pollution-mitigating technologies for power plants, yielding significantly lower emissions.

The emissions of these power plants are way, way below the limits set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and even the standards set by the World Bank.?

Ang said this could also boost rice farming in the country. ?If we encourage more farmers to plant rice by providing them additional sources of income, our rice sufficiency and food security improves. At the same time, we use palay husks to generate more environment-friendly energy,? he said.

SMC earlier offered to import rice to help address the current rice shortage and provide Filipinos with high-quality rice at low prices. It already operates grains terminals and silos nationwide which can be used to store rice.

Ang said the conglomerate’s proposal to convert rice husk into energy could even bring down electricity prices.

SMC is targeting to ramp up its renewable energy capacity to 10,000 megawatts in the next 10 years through investments in tidal energy, wind power, and more hydro power plants.

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