Board Member Clarito Demaala urges LGUs and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to conduct a feasibility study on the use of whirlpool turbines that could harness hydroelectric potential in the province.

The Provincial Board on Tuesday passed a resolution urging local government units (LGUs) and the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) to study the applicability of a Belgian-invented whirlpool turbine supposedly designed to generate electricity from rivers and streams.

The resolution, authored by Board Member Clarito Demaala IV, noted that the technology, developed by the Belgian company Turbulent, may be applied in the province’s rivers and canals to produce electricity, especially in remote areas.

It is described on the company’s website as a low-pressure turbine with a submersible generator. When used to generate electricity, one turbine is claimed to be able to power 60 households and is considered safe.

In his resolution, Demaala noted that the “majority of the province relies on the burning of fossil fuels as a source of electricity which is extremely harmful to the environment”.

“Gusto nating i-enjoin ang LGUs to look for an investor who can provide those kinds of producing energy. Alam natin na hangga’t may puno sa ating kabundukan, may tubig na dadaloy sa ilog natin. Iyong iba po nauubos, [like] diesel, pero ang tubig non-stop ‘yan,” he added.

Demaala said the feasibility study will help determine how much energy may be harvested from a river, and to come up with measures that would ensure its water supply.