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Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology wins National Energy Globe Award 2014

20. May 2014

The ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA Manila awarded the CRHET, CLSU as the National Winner for the Philippines of the Energy Globe Award 2014 for the project “Cooking Gas from Rice Husks”. The award was received by Engineer Alexis Belonio on the 20th of May 2014 at Makati City, Philippines.

The National Energy Globe Award for the Philippines goes to the Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET), College of Engineering, Central Luzon State University for an outstanding project that provides rural households with domestic stoves that uses locally-available rice husks as fuel. The award was presented to Engineer Alexis Belonio by the Austrian Embassy – Commercial Section on behalf of the Energy Globe Foundation on the 20th of May 2014 at Makati City, Philippines. Engr. Belonio received the winner's certificate from Commercial Counsellor Lisa Koscak.

Rice husks (or hull) are the outermost layer of the paddy grain that is separated from the rice grains during the milling process. Rice husk was largely considered a waste product that was often burned or dumped on landfills. Given the potential energy of rice husks to generate heat that can be used for cooking and other heat applications, the creation of cooking stoves using rice husks is an innovation that was initiated in the Philippines as early as 2005. Since its establishment in 2009, CRHET has developed a variety of designs of cooking stoves that utilize rice husks as fuel. The designs of the stove are simple and can be easily fabricated by the local community. Fabrication and operation manuals are provided by CRHET free-of-charge to interested adopters from across the world. To date, there are more than 200 adopters of the technology, which are now being produced not only in the Philippines but also in other rice-producing countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

In the upcoming weeks many more national Energy Globe winners will be honored in their countries in co-operation with ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA of the Austrian Economic Chamber. The winning projects range from high-tech to simple but effective ideas and provide answers to most of our environmental problems – be it through energy efficiency or renewable energy use or the careful use of our resources, such as water, etc.

All national Energy Globe winners from more than 160 countries will be introduced online at Energy Globe in the realm of Energy Globe’s unique and global online Best Practice Week. Kick-off date is the UN World Environment Day on 5 June. Under the patronage of UNESCO and in cooperation with UNEP and UNIDO this unique awareness raising campaign from Energy Globe runs under the motto: We save the planet by acting, not by talking. Sustainability starts with you!

In the realm of the campaign, Energy Globe also offers citizens a free online check to find out the individual energy saving potential. In addition, with the online solar tool, citizens have the option to find out how to generate and use solar energy – the tool delivers a country-specific result and takes into account the respective sunlight. The sum of the potential energy savings and the potential of solar power generated are documented continuously online on a global counter.

From the end of May, sustainable projects can be submitted again for Energy Globe Award 2015. All details and the entry form are available for download on Energy Globe .