Energy Efficient Invention

Filipino Achiever

2008 Associate Laureate

Energy efficiency is one of the solution in combating climate change. Scientists, inventors, innovators, govermental funded institutions, non-governmental organization and multinational corporation are heading towards a common goal. They are in one way or another developed technologies that they consider and promoted as energy efficient.

More renewable energy and greater energy efficiency will improve our energy security. The market for future energy efficiency technology and clean energy technology is huge. This is just one of the points of views from the different nationalities attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be concluded tomorrow, December 18, 2009.

As Filipinos we also have our share in this conference. Two Filipinos have won the the cnn/youtube debate contest on climate change, Paul Darwynn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste, Jr.

Philippine delegation to COP 15 in Copenhagen

1. Senator Loren Legarda

2. Senator Edgardo Angara

3. Secretary Heherson Alvarez

4. Albay Gov. Jose Ma. Clemente Sarte Salceda

5. Rep. Nanette Daza

6. Amb. Elizabeth Buensuceso

7. DENR Usec. Lucille Sering

8. Vice Consul Lenna de Dios-Sison

9. DA Usec. Segfredo Serrano

10. DOE Usec. Zamzamin Ampatuan

11. DOST Usec. Graciano Yumul

12. Atty. Tony La Vina (Dean, Ateneo School of Government)

13. Amelia Supetran – UNDP

14. Ma. Rosario Felizco – Oxfam GB

15. Naderev Sano – WWF

16. Conservation International Philippines (no name specified)

17. Ms. Bernabe – Asian Farmers Association

18. Ms. Victoria Corpuz – Metrobank Foundation


19. DFA Asec. Leila Lora-Santos

20. DFA Asec. Evan Garcia

Source: Memorandum issued to DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo from the Office of the Executive Secretary dated November 24, 2009

With the continued discussion on climate change, we as filipinos are very proud of our fellow kababayans who are making it big in the international front.

Sometimes we have neglected somebody who have made us proud also… In terms of energy efficiency one person who have made us proud worldwide is the recipient of the ROLEX awards.

Iloilo professor Alexis Belonio is the first Filipino to win the prestigious Rolex Award for inventing a stove that converts rice husks into environmentally friendly cooking gas.

Founded in 1976, the Rolex Award is given to “visionaries” who have undertaken groundbreaking projects.

As an Associate Laureate, Belonio received $50,000 and a steel and gold Rolex chronometer at the awarding ceremony.

His invention turns agricultural waste into purified gas in a top-lit, updraft and biomass gas stove. The low-cost stove powered by rice husks–the most abundant of farm wastes–reduces fuel costs and minimizes greenhouse gas.

Stoves fueled by rice husks have been used before, but are sooty and unhealthy and do not generate enough heat to cook food quickly.

Converting husks to gas provide a much hotter, cleaner flame for cooking–not to mention a cheaper source of energy.

A ton of rice husks contains the same energy as 415 liters of petrol or 378 liters of kerosene. A few handfuls of rice husks can boil water in six to nine minutes.

Belonio is an associate professor of agricultural engineering at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City.

He intends to use the funds from the award to set up a demonstration center in Iloilo to disseminate free information and to provide training and technical advice about technologies he has developed.

Belonio joins nine other awardees from India, Jordan, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2008 Rolex Awards for Enterprise winners were chosen from nearly 1,500 applicants in 127 countries by an independent panel of scientists, educators, economists and other experts.


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A former tubagatherer turned OFW on my journey towards a successful online free-content provider. Co-founder of PhilNews.Ph, one of the Philippines Top 200 websites based on Alexa Ranking.
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