DOST to identify potential wind energy spots

By , on January 12, 2015


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Science Secretary Mario Montejo said that the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is poised to carry out a nationwide wind measurement project in order to pinpoint spots for harnessing the wind’s energy.

He detailed that the DOST, with the assistance of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and its Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), will take on the nationwide wind speed mapping project which will identify potential wind farm locations.

“From the data we will generate, investors can make the decision and choose sites where they can build wind farms,” Montejo told reporters.
Montejo cited estimates made by the Embassy of Denmark, as disclosed by Danish Ambassador Nicolai Ruge, that the Philippines can potentially generate up to 15,000 megawatts of wind energy.

“That’s a huge amount of potential energy. We must find out these sites where we can harness that wind,” Mojntejo said.

At present, local and foreign energy firms who are interested in setting up wind farms to harness wind energy for power generation must conduct their own wind measurement activities, in order to spot potential locations.