Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute

University of the Philippines - Diliman

Powering up communities: EEEI pilot tests wind turbine

A team of researchers from the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman (EEEI-UPD) conducted a pilot test of a small wind turbine system (SWT) based on a previously developed permanent magnet generator. “Wind is an important part of the country’s energy mix, and both government and the industry recognize its important role in lighting up communities, particularly in rural areas,” they say.

The pilot testing of the wind turbine system, funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) and the University of the Philippines Diliman, aims to fabricate the SWT and measure its performance in various conditions, including weather durability. “The project also intends to demonstrate the application of the SWT in powering up a water pumping system for the local community,” the team explains. To address sustainability, the project is being conducted in collaboration with the local government unit of the island of Lubang along with SIBAT, a Non-Government Organization operating in the island and the local Rotary Club.

The team has already measured the wind resource and characterized the wind speed in the area by putting up a 24-m high wind monitoring station. The final site for the testing of the SWT will be in Katanlawan, Brgy. Bonbon, Looc, Ocidental Mindoro.  “This is an ideal location primarily due to its exposure to constant and strong winds from the nearby sea,” they add.

For more information about the project, please contact the Project Leader, Prof. Miguel T. Escoto Jr. of the Astec  Power Electronics Laboratory (PEL) of the EEEI-UPD.