The Alternatives to Nuclear Power and Expensive Renewable Energy Technologies

September 8th, 2016 No Comments   Posted in cost of power generation, Uncategorized

The Alternatives to Nuclear Power and Expensive Renewable Energy Technologies

Talks about using nuclear energy and reviving the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) and to use rapidly getting cheaper renewable energy such as solar PV and wind are all long-shots in making Philippine electricity cheaper and more reliable.

What the country needs are safe, indigenous and base load power plants.

The nuclear option is a long-way to go as the country needs to develop and upgrade its nuclear regulatory framework (our Philippine Atomic Energy Commission is a research agency, not a nuclear regulator), the BNPP has to be technically, environmentally, geologically and economically studied to see if it is safe, its components are still in good working order or needs to be replaced and upgraded, the country is equipped to handle any nuclear mishaps, accidents, terrorist attacks, and the additional $1 billion to upgrade and make operational and cost of nuclear fuel rods will still allow BNPP to make electricity below grid rate of 5-6 P/kWh. We can’t reduce power costs unless we introduce power plants that are cheaper to build, more efficient to run, environmentally and geologically compliant, and have secure and cheaper sources of fuels. More »

How to use biomass for energy and power

November 18th, 2010 1 Comment   Posted in renewable energy

How to use biomass for energy and power

Here is my reply to an avid reader requesting for advice on how to use biomass effectively in his home town.

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Hi Jeff,
For biomass waste-to-energy and waste-to-power applications, you may utilize biogas from human waste, kitchen, commercial waste, biodegradable industrial wastes and farm and animal wastes. More »

Evaluating Renewable Energy Potential and Project Economics Made Easy

September 5th, 2010 No Comments   Posted in feed-in tariff

Evaluating Renewable Energy Potential and Project Economics Made Easy

Your energy technology selection expert wishes to announce the latest release of renewable energy (RE) project finance and energy resource evaluation tools, specifically for evaluating the performance of RE hybrid combinations such as minihydro-diesel, solar PV-diesel, wind-diesel PV and biomass gasification-diesel generation for off-grid as well as on-grid systems.  The model will calculate the RE resource potential, predict the annual generation, and then calculate annual average capacity factors.

For off-grid, the model evaluates also the optimum fossil fuel back-up support so that the RE (minihydro, solar, wind, biomass) hybrid system will provide 24/7 hours of affordable and reliable electricity service.

Don’t waste your time evaluating the RE potential using obsolete and un-integrated software that are site and technology specific.  In just a few minutes and few hours, you could run a series of wind site evaluations which compares the wind power levelized selling price (tariff) to your country’s diesel power generation cost or feed-in tariff.

It’s now the right time to change to the fully-integrated multi-site RE hybrid evaluation tools. More »

New Simplified Calculation Procedure for Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and Feed-in Tariff

July 28th, 2010 3 Comments   Posted in cost of power generation

New Simplified Calculation Procedure for Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and Feed-in Tariff

As part of the on-going technical preparations for the proposed mini-conference on the Mindanao Power Crisis this coming late August or early September 2010 and the main conference on “Energy & Climate Change”, the workshop coordinator, Mr. Marcial T. Ocampo, has prepared the simplified calculation procedure for calculating the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and levelized selling price (tariff) for conventional and renewable energy resources.

The result of the simplified formulas using the US NREL formula for generation cost and the RP MTO formula for selling price were compared with the results from a full-blown project finance model and the variance between the two methods were minimal in most of the power generation technologies analyzed.

The input data came from the IEPR research summary of 2007 and from internationally published data on power generation technology by noted experts such as Paul Breeze and yours truly, Marcial Ocampo. More »

ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE: A Complete Review of Power Generation Technologies and Impact on Climate Change

July 15th, 2010 5 Comments   Posted in energy & climate change

For:    ________________________ (name of suggested speaker/presentor, discussant/reactor, contributor/donor, exhibitor, participant)

From:  Marcial T. Ocampo

former Executive Director, Philippine Council for Industry & Energy Research & Development (PCIERD)

Department of Science & Technology (DoST)

Republic of the Philippines

Subject: Invitation to Conference on Energy & Climate Change as Speaker/Presentor, Discussant/Reactor, Contributor/Donor, Exhibitor, Participant (top management by invitation)

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Dear Sir/Madam:

In view of the need to provide stakeholders’ input into the development of a new energy strategy of the incoming administration of President Aquino towards sustainable development, I would like to invite you to solicit your interest and participation on the proposed conference on

ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE:  A Complete Review of Power Generation Technologies and Impact on Climate Change

Date: tentative September-October 2010

Venue: To be arranged More »

Feed-in Tariff Calculator – from simple RP MTO formula to project finance model

June 26th, 2010 8 Comments   Posted in feed-in tariff

Feed-in Tariff Calculator – from simple RP MTO formula to project finance model

Yes, you are right.  A feed-in tariff calculator using the modified US NREL formula for levelized cost of energy (LCOE) or levelized cost of electrity is available from you Energy Technology Expert – Marcial Ocampo.   (Please refer to my previous articles on simplified formula for LCOE.)

In addition, we prepared a more sophisticated project finance model to calculate the feed-in tariff using the discounted cash flow internal rate of return method (DCF IRR). More »