A four-man team of professionals has joined hands with a research group to conduct extensive studies on a Philippine patented energy conversion model (ECM) developed by a journalist covering the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
A private institution has offered to bankroll the year-long study on the 8.66 kVA ECM developed by journalist Nash B. Maulana, a columnist of The Mindanao Cross in Cotabato City, and a news correspondent for the Manila Standard.
The collaboration involves three engineers and a social scientist from Manila to study Maulana’s model, by considering a full-scale development, among others, and to explain its social impact.
Chemical engineer Mc Erschad Pabillan from the University of the Philippines in Diliman said he will be assigned to study the sizing, rating, chemical makeup and reactions in an energy storage when used in Maulana’s Electricity Conversion Program (ECP) on an industrial scale. He said the two other members of his team are one electrical engineer and a mechanical engineer from Mindanao.
A source privy to the team’s preparation activities said the studies will be up to respond to a Call-for-Proposal the government had earlier posted for procurement in the sector of industrial, energy and emerging technology research and development (IEERD)..
Pabilllan said he and his peers of science and technology (S&T) researchers will be working for the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) on an S&T research grant. The ultimate objective is to develop a full-scale model for a Research and Development output after one year, he said.
The IBS plans to connect the researchers with academic institutions to effectuate the conduct of studies on three known ECP models here and abroad, including Maulana’s 8.66kVA T-MPG abstract.
Maulana, a former correspondent of the Inquirer, had earlier disclosed that his T-MPG System is a combined marine-RV ECP Model for renewable energy development (RED).
He said the model can also be expanded with a gearbox mechanism designed for a small-scale hydropower turbine, as established in a Research and Development (R&D) project on marine electricity conversion program (MECP) presented in a Sweden conference paper on renewable energy, in Portugal in 2007.
A member of the team, asking that he be not identified for this story, said Maulana has recommended for the team’s scope of study the 5kVA Sweden Abstract, as well as the 2005 Taiwan Model of battery-run power generator. Both designs have unwittingly preceded the ECP narratives of Maulana’s T-MPG System, the third published patent abstract on transport-based ECP model for a RED.
Maulana, however, added that any R&D efforts should “not extend” the design to external community looping distribution, so as not to create early “conflict” with power utilities on issues like “islanding.”