About RP Energy

Redondo Peninsula Energy, Incorporated (RP Energy) was founded in 2007 and is based within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It is a joint-venture company formed by Meralco PowerGen Corporation, Therma Power, Incorporated and Taiwan Cogeneration International Corporation.

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Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated

The Power Plant

RP Energy’s power plant will use the most advanced environment-friendly technology in the use of coal for power - the Circulating-Fluidized-Bed (CFB) technology.

Technology

Circulating Fluidized Bed Technology

RP Energy will use the environment-friendly Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) technology. This is the technical term for the new generation of environment-friendly coal technology to generate power that meets stringent health, safety and environmental protection standards. CFB technology is considered by the International Energy Agency Clean Coal Centre as the best available, environmentally sound, and flexible power plant technology.

This is a relatively new technology used to burn coal efficiently. Limestone is mixed in the process to help drastically reduce gas emissions and making it easy for ash collection. The plant will also install other environment protection measures such as highly efficient and effective electrostatic precipitators which will significantly reduce the power plant’s dust emissions.

Another important advantage of CFB technology is its ability to burn varying types of fuel. This flexibility results in highly reliable plant operation as the facility will not have to rely on a single type of coal.

CFB owes its popularity largely to the technology’s combustion efficiency over conventional pulverized coal. Because it uses larger particles of coal that are more completely burned, CFB converts energy more efficiently and achieves equal or better heat transfer.

The technology burns coal at temperatures below the threshold that is needed to form nitrous oxide (NOx) pollutants. NOx is produced when coal is burned at high temperatures as is typically seen in traditional pulverized coal boilers. By burning fuel at lower temperature, any emission from the CFB boilers is greatly minimized.

Sulfur pollutants or sulfur dioxides (SO2) are also dramatically reduced using CFB technology. In fact, more than 95 percent of SO2 in coal can be captured inside the boiler by a lime sorbent during the mixing process. Thus, the CFB combustion process effectively reduces the level of emissions released into the atmosphere.

CFB uses electrostatic precipitators to capture the ash particulates from the exhaust gases. Electrostatic precipitators can remove more than 99% of particulates from flue gas (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/4468076.stm ). This ensures that the ash particulates aren’t released into the air.