Today…some good news

Today has been a good day for me. It is such a blessed day because I found two good news worth mentioning.  First is the Taiwan-PH agreement on the development of e-vehicles, that’s better than fighting over territorial claims over the spartlys:

PH, Taiwan seal tie-up for e-vehicle dev’t

Posted on 16 Jul 2011 at 10:22pm

Senator Edgardo J. Angara has revealed that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) and the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco) have signed a letter of intent for Electric Vehicle (EV) development during the 17th Philippine-Taiwan Joint Economic Conference (JEC) recently.

Teco and Meco expressed their desire to work closely to establish a cooperative framework for the facilitation of EV development in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is in the forefront of developing EV technology. Last year, the Taiwanese government announced a seven-year scheme for developing its EV industry, earmarking around $309.2 million in investments for the program.

“This cooperation is a step in the right direction. Taiwan is an emerging global EV leader. They have a great model on which we can base our own policy and business framework for the development of a Green Transport System,” said Angara.

Angara, chair of the Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering (Comste), pointed out that switching the public transport system to EV’s would lessen air pollution and ease the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.

Comste conceptualized the Green Transport Initiative under the Renewable Energy Research and Development Institute (RERDI) and is implementing it in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP).

“The Green Transport System that we envision involves using renewable energy sources like geothermal, solar, wind or biofuels to charge electric public utility vehicles like e-jeepneys, e-trikes and hybrid vehicles,” said Angara.

Cagayan de Oro recently ordered its first e-jeepney which will be used for shuttling services in the Pueblo de Oro Business Park. About 70 e-jeepneys are presently used in public transport in different parts of the country.

Angara noted that Comste is looking into the viability of an EV industry in the Philippines. Comste is developing EV standards together with the Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (Evap).

The standards will be essential in formulating effective EV policies. Comste has also been working to establish an EV testing facility in the country.

Following the JEC, Comste and Evap have been invited to the Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC) in Taiwan.

“Learning from the successes and failures of the Taiwanese EV industry could really help us in developing our own. Our country has so much potential to become an Asean leader in producing public utility electric vehicles,” said Angara.

Today I had spoken with someone from MERALCO our electric utilitycompany and he mentioned that they are interested in joining the CDM initiative or at least quantifying their GHG emissions, they have SF6 or sulfur hexafluoride which is one hell of a potent greenhouse gas…that’s really good news.  More than the usual anticipation of the hate-filled SONA of PNoynoyplaboy, I read news on the development of a monorail prototype in UP Diliman:

DOST to officially start work on UP monorail

Posted on 17 Jul 2011 at 11:37pm

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which has acquired new-found influence under the Aquino administration, is set to lay on Monday the foundation for an ambitious monorail project that will run around the sprawling Diliman campus of the University of the Philippines (UP).

DOST secretary Mario Montejo, a brother-in-law of Executive Secretary Paquito “Jojo” Ochoa,said in December 2010 that the monorail, called Automated Guideway Transit or AGT, was expected to be operational in June this year.

It turned out that Montejo was referring to the groundbreaking ceremony, which he, along with UP president Alfredo Pascual and Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista is expected to attend at the corner of Jacinto Lakandula streets in UP Diliman.

The event will also be sealed by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement by Montejo, Pascual, DOST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center director Arthur Lucas Cruz, UP Diliman chancellor Caesar Saloma, DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development director Amelia Guevara, and UP vice president for development Elvira Zamora.

The AGT, developed by the DOST initially for UP Diliman, is a rail-based local mass transit similar to the MRT and LRT, except that it runs on a single rail which acts as its sole support and guideway.

“We are coming up with a local AGT to address the severe lack of less expensive and environmentally sustainable technology alternatives,” said Montejo, who is an alumnus of the UP College of Engineering.

“The AGT is developed to show Filipino ingenuity and capability in engineering and as a model for adoption in other urban areas in the Philippines.”

DOST assistant secretary Robert Dizon, the designated project leader, said that President Noynoy Aquino wants the AGT project to be tested thoroughly. “The President wants quality to be translated to commuter safety and transport reliability,” he said.

A group of engineers from UP Diliman are working with DOST on this project. The prototype will have two 60-passenger coaches to run on a 56-meter test track in the campus.

I just hope the usual Filipino Ningas Cogon attitude would not happen in the process because I will be watching and monitoring these projects….mind you!

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