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Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute (FSSRI) of the UPLB wins National Energy Globe Award 2013

21. May 2013

The ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Manila awarded the FSSRI, UPLB as the National Winner for the Philippines of the Energy Globe Award 2013 for the project “The Floating Power Charger: Providing Light while Conserving the Environment”. The award was received by Dr. David Manalo on the 21st of May 2013 at Makati City, Philippines.

The Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute (FSSRI), Agricultural Systems Cluster, University of the Philippines Los Baños, as represented by Dr. David Manalo, was presented as the National Winner of the Energy Globe Award 2013 for the project “The Floating Power Charger: Providing Light while Conserving the Environment”. The award was presented by the Austrian Embassy - Commercial Section in behalf of the Energy Globe Foundation on the 21st of May 2013 at Makati City, Philippines.

The Energy Globe Award, which was initiated in 1999 by Austrian engineer and environmentalist Wolfgang Neumann, is the world’s most important environmental accolade. It recognizes projects – from high-tech to simple – which deliver efficient ideas and answers to environmental problems, be it through energy efficiency, renewable energy applications or a cautious approach to resources.

Dr. Manalo’s “Floating Power Charger Project” bested over 1,000 projects from over 100 countries that annually compete for this award. The project benefitted Filipino households living in the remote areas of Palawan who are not connected to the electricity grid and therefore use kerosene lamps in their homes. These lamps cause serious illnesses if exposed to the smoke for too long. As a solution, the project provided batteries and light bulbs to the families allowing them access to clean light. The project then installed hydro-powered chargers in the rivers to serve as an eco friendly charging station for the batteries. As a payment for using the system, every user is asked to plant trees for the time it takes to charge the batteries. Dr. Manalo is planning to replicate the project in other areas and to offer microfinance for the families that cannot afford a car battery.

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