Arousing interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency

Arousing interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency
by Dr. Arturo Mariano I. Figueroa

“If a company would ask you this question, why should I hire you? Is it because you are an engineering board exam topnotcher? What if not? Is it because you are good in math? What if not? Is it because you are a good basketball player? What if not? But if you say, you are member of a team that was able to save 250,000 pesos per month in energy cost of your university, then the company would ask you this…When do you want to start?”

These were some of the striking words of Engr. Eric E.A. Raymundo when he addressed the participants attending the seminar on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency under the principles of Zero Carbon Resorts project held on February 4, 2012 at the Dean Angustias Sicangco Hall, Holy Angel University, Angeles City. There were 116 participants composed of faculty and senior engineering students from the University of Assumption, Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University, and the host Holy Angel University plus a lone participant from the Fontana Development Corporation located at the Clark Economic Zone. The seminar was sponsored by the Graduate School of Engineering under its Advocacy and Extension (ADEX) Program with the intention of promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the community.

During the seminar, Engr. Raymundo who is the Local Senior Technician (Philippines) of the GrAT (Center for Appropriate Technology) of Vienna University of Technology specifically discussed the ever increasing demand for energy consumption in the tourism industry and its participation for the large amount of CO2 emissions. Engr. Raymundo presented their project’s 3R solution, which is to reduce energy consumption, replace inefficient technologies and redesign buildings and systems. This three step method will help the industry not just to save money in the long run for its minimal energy costs, but also become a more environment friendly company.

It is important that we would be able to do our normal tasks given that we can also lessen our carbon emission. We just have to know how. The ZCR project helps us understand how we can start and its relevance in our daily lives. This strategic method will not only help the environment but will also entail the long-term savings in our homes, schools, etc. The principle is that renewable energy does not make sense without energy efficiency. It so happened that the Philippines provides a lot of room for the use of renewable energy. “It is more cost effective to save energy than to generate it from conventional or renewable sources”, says Raymundo.
Finally, he suggested that if students will get involved in the implementation of an energy management system (in accordance with ISO 50001) in this university, they can learn how to save money as well as help improve the overall environmental performance of Holy Angel University. Students will learn the knowledge and skills which they can utilize to help companies become more energy efficient in the future. Problem-solvers will be in demand in the near future especially when the price of fuel rises to a hundred pesos per liter!”

After the seminar, the participant from the Fontana Development Corporation felt the need to invite Engr. Raymundo to spread the message on renewable energy and energy efficiency to his colleagues.

The students of HAU also gave the positive reaction and were enticed to an idea that will open new doors for their future career.

solar bulbs @ a charity hospital

it feels good wen d institution ur volunteering ur talent is following ur advice….tis s wat i felt wen d maintenance guy (mr ogie) of st martin de porres charity hospital installed solar bulbs (using a softdrink pet bottle – a.k.a isang litrong liwanag). in the powerhouse of the hospital’s sewerage treatment plant & at the maintenance staff house. they used to leave d lights open on tis areas even in mid day since d areas are dimly lit….now dey don’t need 2waste electricity wenever d sun s shining!

mr ogie showing d newly installed solar bulb n d stp powerhouse area

lights @d maintenance staff quarters r no longer lit during d day!

d solar bulb recessed into d cieling of d staff's quarters (d plywood sidings should be tapered/slanted like a trapezoid to allow more sunlight to enter d room)

d pple who have seen d solar bulbs r happy bout it. accordingly, dey didn’t had any problem bout leakage even after some heavy rains…some volunteer staff of d hospital r planning 2install d solar bulbs in their ogie is now teaching d interested ones how 2make solar bulbs by demselves. .can’t wait 2see tis thing multiply!

kudos 2mr haresh daswani & ilac diaz on tis technology!

ref w/ d higest eef n d phils!

Current Contents of Refrigerator

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just recently bought d most efficient refrigerator n d phils! produced by panasonic phils. itz an 8.5 cu-ft 2door semi-automatic ref  dat consumes only 0.86kw-h per 24hrs. d eef is 335, d highest in d country as of today!

Step 4: Monitor, maintain & improve – 4 Steps to Energy Efficiency

Microgeneration Certification Scheme

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how do you ensure sustainability of ur energy efficiency prog? monitoring & verification is d key….here’s d last part of schneider electric’s 4steps towards EE.

Step 3: Optimise, automate & regulate – 4 Steps to Energy Efficiency

Magnetic ballast B2 Class by Energy Efficiency...

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here’s step 3 towards energy efficiency by schneider electric: optimize, automate & regulate

Step 1: Measure – 4 Steps to Energy Efficiency


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here’s d first step towards energy efficiency by schneider electric: measure

Intro – 4 Steps to Energy Efficiency

Diagram of efficiency, energy in, energy out, loss

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here’s an introduction video 2d 4steps towards energy efficiency by schneider electric.

proper sizing of room airconditioners

Singapore: Where Air Conditioners Live

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Many people buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will provider better cooling. However, an oversized air conditioner is actually less effective — and wastes energy at the same time. Air conditioners remove both heat and humidity from the air. If the unit is too large, it will cool the room quickly, but only remove some of the humidity. This leaves the room with a damp, clammy feeling. A properly sized unit will remove humidity effectively as it cools.

wen buying a new AC…check out d table bellow:

Room size : Horsepower: Air condition type
15 m2: 3/4 horsepower: Window type
16 – 20 m2: 1 horsepower: Window type
21 – 24 m2: 1.5 horsepower: Window type
25 – 30 m2: 2 horsepower: Window type
31 – 45 m2: 2.5 horsepower : Window to Split type
Over45 m2: 3 horsepower: Window to Split type

inverter type ACs have d higher energy efficiency ratio (EER). dey r a bit more expensive but will b more cheaper in d long run coz of deir efficiency. wen buying power consuming appliances or equipment…. always consider d total life cycle costing, i.e. check out d energy or fuel consumption of d unit during d entire time dat u’ll b using it. u’ll b surprised dat cheaper units will cost more in d long run!

….energy efficiency is a must…..wasting energy is unacceptable…..

energy audit

Compact fluorescent light bulb

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4those who r interested in conducting energy audit as part of your organization’s overall energy efficiency program. download d file link bellow.

Here’s a link to a free Handbook on Energy Audit. You’ll need a winrar application for desktop pc to unzip the download files. The file is about 15.8 MB when unzipped. This is very useful and informative even for beginners.

Publisher: Fairmont Press
Language: English
ISBN: 0881735779
Paperback: 462 pages
Data: Jan 2008
Format: PDF

Description: A comprehensive, practical reference on energy auditing in buildings and industry, this book provides all the information required to establish an energy audit program. Loaded with forms, checklists and handy working aids, the book is a must for anyone implementing an energy audit. Completely updated, the sixth edition reflects the latest technologies and software available to fine-tune the audit process. It covers accounting procedures, rate of return, analysis and software programs, evaluation tools for audit recommendations, and technologies for electrical, mechanical, and building systems in detail. There are also new case studies on an energy retrofit program and energy assessment using FEDS.

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or download d pdf file here: Handbook_of_Energy_Audits

if u have a resort/hotel or other tourism activity then u can download the replace handbook of the zero carbon resorts proj: