The recent signing of a Declaration of Intent between the Philippines and France relating to a Study for Energy Production from Biomass is a step forward tapping domestic resources for renewable energy which the country is in abundance of.
With petrol prices go upward to an unprecedented level, petrol driven generating thermoelectric plant is a lucrative proposition that power cost is expensive and would not be affordable to consumers.
Rice is the chief staple crop of the Philippines and annually the country harvests an average of 15.2 million metric tons of rice, leaving 11.3 million tons of rice straw to spare for productive use.
Farm wastes and biomass are significant sources of alternative energy in the Philippines. Based on a United Nations Development Programme and World Bank estimate, the country can sustain an annual biomass yield of 105 million tons of wood equivalent to 270 million barrels of oil fuel.
Azolla is a small aquatic fern (usually 1-5 cm large) which grows on saturated or moist soil.
China has at present more than five million hectares of bamboo plantation and still growing. In recent years bamboo has also been lauded as a source of fabric.