A multi-voltage system solar power generator developed by the Tarlac State University that can generate enough power to run airconditioners, electric lights, refrigerator, TV and electric fans simultaneously was recently successfully tested and launched by the Department of Science and Technology in Brgy. Ungot, Tarlac City.
The project which was funded by DOST Region III under its Grants-in-Aid (GIA) program was spearheaded by Professor Rodel Botio of the TSU research and extension office. Dr. Julius Caesar V. Sicat, DOST Region III Director expressed satisfaction in the results of the project, adding that similar collaborations are also being undertaken with two other state universities in the region, namely the Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) in Baler, Aurora and the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) in Bacolor, Pampanga. He said that DOST Region III will continue to support similar projects like these as he encouraged state universities and colleges in the region to contribute to the upgrading and modernization of the agriculture, industry, health and environmental sectors towards improving the over-all productivity of the region.
The multi-voltage system solar power generator can provide alternating current (AC) of 220V and direct current (DC) of 12V and has a rated power capacity of 8KW (8000W). Prof. Botio attested that during its first month of trial run in a residential unit, the generator was able to bring down the homeowner’s electricity bill from P6,000 to P1,500. A 1000W DC solar power unit was also successfully pilot tested in the home of a poor family in Brgy. Bantug in the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija to power up 6 electric light bulbs and one electric fan. The household is 100% powered by solar energy.
Also present during the launch were Dr. Arthur Dayrit, assistant regional director of the Department of Agriculture, Engr. Romeolito Tacbian, DOST Tarlac Provincial Director, Retired General Wilson Victorio of the Anti-Terrorism Council from the Office of the President and Dr. Glenard Madriaga, vice president for research at TSU.
Through its GIA program, the DOST provides assistance to local government units and the academe to implement projects and undertake researches that will benefit the poor people in our communities.