Mission

  1. Lead in biofuels research studies in the country in response to the government’s effort to strengthen the emerging biofuels industry in the Philippines
  2. Serve as a repository of data and information on biofuels research, development, and policy formulation and recommendatios in the country
  3. Be at the forefront of biofuels technology development through innovation, capacity-building, commercialization, and extension

Vision

Duly recognized as a national center for interdisciplinary biofuels research focusing on the development of sustainable feedstock production and utilization; generation of advanced processing technologies; hastening of alternative feedstock commercialization; and spearheading of policy formulation and improvement that will secure the government’s thrust on energy security and environmental quality in the country.

Significance

With its strong foundation and experience on biofuels research, UPLB will continuously be in the forefront working for the advancement of the emerging biofuels industry in the country in line with the government’s effort to develop this industry for energy security and clean environment. A strong infrastructure support coupled with a clear vision for vibrant, sustained, and sound research and development programs will help give birth to a robust, successful, and highly competitive biofuels industry. Such an industry can make a major impact on the environment, energy security, and social development of the country that will leave a legacy to the next generation.

Background

The Philippines’ continuous efforts towards energy self- sufficiency led to the implementation of Republic Act 9367 (R.A. 9367) also known as The Biofuels Act of 2006. The act mandates the blending of biofuels to all diesel and gasoline sold in the country. Biodiesel and ethanol have been recognized as very promising alternative fuels because their sources could be indigenous, sustainable, and renewable. To gain maximum benefits from the implementation of the Biofuels Law, higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol were proposed. Increase in blending requires not only the production of biofuels but also the development of feedstock from the materials. UPLB, in partnership with several organizations, pioneered researches on feedstock such as jatropha (PNOC-AFC), sweet sorghum (DA-BAR), microalgae (DOST-PCAMRD, DA- BAR), macroalgae (DA-BAR), and even lignocellulosic resources like straws (Rural Development Administration of the Republic of Korea).

Objectives

  • To explore and develop feedstocks and industrially relevant technologies for biofuels production utilizing different fields of expertise in the University
  • To improve and/or optimize design of processes and equipment used in biofuels production from different sources through a University-wide interdisciplinary approach
  • To provide technical and advisory services from experts of different fields within the University, government agencies, and private companies
  • To promote curriculum development, enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the Renewable Energy Program, and generate awareness about biofuels through IEC

Functions

The UPLB Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center is the first in the country. It will serve as:

  • The research facility for any possible technical problems and concerns that may arise in the biofuels industry
  • The focal point for information and tools for decision-making as well as recommend actions for the investment potential of biofuels as energy source for future generations
  • A link among academic research institutions, government agencies, industries, and private sectors through interdisciplinary exchange of information
  • Partners of the University in providing the framework to harmonize, coordinate, integrate, and synergize all existing and proposed programs on biofuels

Current Projects

  • Environmental Assesment of Community-Based and Commercial-Scale Biofuels Processing Systems Using Alternative Biofuel as Feedstocks: An Effort Towards Climate Change Mitigation in the Philippines
  • Process economic analysis, energetic, and GHG reduction potential of bioethanol production from macroalgae
  • Environmental, technical, and economic studies of biodiesel production from palm oil in the Philippines
  • Biojet fuel production from coconut oil 

Contact

REX B. DEMAFELIS, Ph.D.
Chair, Alternative Energy TWG
Department of Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology
University of the Philippines Los Baños 
Colllege, Laguna 4031, Philippines

Phone: +63(49) 536 3664
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