Agri-Engineers Recognized

August 1st, 2016

This news article was published in PhilRice Magazine’s 3rd Quarter issue in 2014 (Volume 27, No. 3, July-Sept. 2014)

PhilRice won major awards in the 64th Philippine Society of Agricultural Engineers (PSAE) Annual National Convention and 11th International Agricultural Engineering Conference and Exhibition held at the Visayas State University, Baybay City, Leyte, April 21-26.

Five of nine PhilRice technical papers that joined the oral presentation category won awards. Alexis Belonio and coauthors` Development of a Hydrous Ethanol Fuel Feeding Device for Spark – Ignition Engine won as Best Paper in the Agricultural Power and Energy Source Category.

Belonio`s study established that hydrous ethanol can fuel spark-ignition engines without blending gasoline. This was conducted to develop a technology for hydrous bioethanol as a cheaper source of fuel opposed to gasoline.

Paulino Ramos and Dr. Manuel Jose Regalado`s No-Tillage System for Higher Yield and Labor Productivity, Reduced Production Cost, and Higher Energy Efficiency in Rainfed Lowland Rice won Second Best Paper in the Production Machinery and Mechanization Category. This tested the performance of the notillage technique originally developed for irrigated ecosystem under rainfed conditions.

Dr. Caesar Joventino Tado and co-authors’ Development and Promotion of the Reversible Airflow Flatbed Dryer in the Philippines (Postharvest Equipment and Machinery Category) won as Third Best Paper.

Another paper that won Third Best Paper is Dr. Ricardo Orge and John Eric Abon’s Cogeneration of Biochar and Heat from Rice Hull: Its Application in the Poultry Industry (Agricultural Power and Energy Sources Category).

The study showed that CtRH carbonizer, with heat recovery attachment, can substitute the existing LPG heater to provide the needed heat for brooding chicks, saving up to six tanks of LPG for every heater replaced.

Noel Ganotisi, Moises Galera, and Mar Lester Quigao’s Design and Development of a Low-Cost Venturi-Type Fertigation Component of a Gravity-Type Drip Irrigation System (Soil & Water and Fishery Engineering Category) won Third Best Paper Award. This showed how “fertigation” helps reduce the cost of fertilizer application. Fertigation is to be incorporated in the Low-Cost Drip Irrigation System (LDIS).

In the poster competition, 3 of 15 PhilRice entries were runners-up. Paulino Ramos and co-authors` Rice Hull Gasification System for 100-kW Electric Power Generation, showed that rice hull could be used as fuel for gasifier to produce electricity.

Results had it that 25 bags of rice hull at 10-12 kg per bag can run the 8-cylinder gasoline engine with 100-kW generator for 2.22 hours. The 100-kW electricity is enough to power a 30-kW submersible pump, while excess production may be used for lighting.

Alexis Belonio and co-authors’ Design and Performance Evaluation of a Rice Husk-Fueled Crude Bioethanol Distiller for Fermented Nipa Sap supports efforts to reduce dependence on fossil fuel for rice farming operations.

Regalado and Ramos’ No-tillage poster showed that the system combined with transplanting can also improve labor productivity by 12-17% and energy efficiency by 15-18% in rainfed lowland rice.

PhilRice consultant Dr. Bernardo Tadeo received the Most Outstanding Agricultural Engineer or Felix Maramba Award, and Noel Ganotisi garnered the Outstanding Agricultural Engineer Award for Irrigation, Soil, and Water Management.

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