e-ASIA JRP Call for Proposals on Biomass Energy
The Philippines abounds in biomass resources which include agricultural waste and other feedstocks that can be converted to bioenergy and biofuels. The utilization of biomass represents a sustainable alternative to the current fossil-based fuels with the advantage of mitigating the release of greenhouse gases since the carbon released by the consumption of biomass fuel is reused to grow new biomass.
In support of local research in biomass energy, the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is now accepting proposals for the e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP). PCIEERD will provide funding to Philippine proponents in the following research areas:
a.) Biomass production and management
Biomass feedstocks, Biofuels, Low-cost homogeneous feedstocks
b.) Biomass energy technology
Bioethanol (e.g. from sugar and starch crops, Cellulosic ethanol), Bio-Diesel Fuels (e.g. Bio-hydrogenated diesel, by transesterification) Bio-hydrogen
c.) Biomass refinery
Pretreatment and fractionation process, Biochemical conversion process, Optimization and economical evaluation of integrated process, Improving effectiveness of pretreatment stage, Decreasing the cost of enzymatic hydrolysis stage, Improving overall process efficiencies
d.) Co-firing biomass with coal
Combustion characteristics, Grindability, Ash behaviour, Flue gas behaviour, Pre-processing systems to reduce transportation cost
The e-ASIA JRP aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the East Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic development. As part of the program, Member Organizations of the e-ASIA JRP such as Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Philippines, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to implement a joint call for proposals of multilateral cooperative research activities.
Each Member Organization will support expenses for its own country’s researchers. For the Philippine side, the PCIEERD-DOST will provide funding of P3M to P5M per project in accordance with the DOST-GIA guidelines.