Impact Hub Manila Fellowship

Kitchen Energy For Island Communities in the Philippines


Households and local government units in island communities face perpetual waste disposal problem. Home biogas systems (HBS) decompose kitchen wastes to create energy and fertiliser.

Who faces this problem?

The targeted customers are from the 1,707 islands and islets:

  • the common households  
  • local government units
  • local people using the radio as a primary info source
  • local people using internet across the archipelago, to lower their costs in green and kitchen wastes disposal, and provide additional energy in the homes.

How does your idea address this problem?

The project will promote the HBS through

  • radio
  • the internet
  • field demonstrations and
  • do-it-yourself tutorials through the youtube, to bring the waste-to-energy knowledge and technology in wider scope/media mileage, at the least cost.




What’s new and unique about your idea?

The idea is new and unique because:

  • it brings the solution to where the problem locates
  • it takes advantage of cheap or free communication methods
  • it promotes self-respect, pride and honor among HBS users by contributing to climate change mitigation
  • it negates fears and reluctance about the use and risks of HBS

  The research and development context in the Philippines is either fund- or supply-driven, such that research products end up in shelves or grabbed by business groups for commercialization. The product either become stale or expensive which makes it inaccessible to intended end-users, usually the grassroots and the poor.  While TKFI take on the  bridging of the gap, its own resources fall short versus the demand.  Also, NGOs  have difficulty  accessing to external fund resources. The however. The proponent NGO however committed and willing, is not able to reach out to individuals, groups, communities and LGUs to share the HBS. 

How are you going to earn money?

The Tubig Kanlungan Foundation Inc will fabricate and supply HBSs.

Do you already have customers?


  Since 2013, our customers are

  • academic institutions,
  • NGOs,
  • local POs,
  • LGUs and
  • individual households in Luzon. 

The common feedbacks are:

  • that the amount of energy (maximum of one hour of flame produced over 24-hour anaerobic decomposition) the HBS can provide is not enough for the family's needs 
  • the HBS is enough to accommodate daily kitchen wastes
  • reduction of up to 3/4 of the daily wastes that go to waste bins.

Who is in your team?

I am alone, but would seek help when HBS orders are called by customers.

Have you already founded/incorporated your company?


What is the intended positive impact on the environment and/or society of your venture?


·           The positive environmental and societal impact of the project is its contribution to climate change mitigation by sequestering greenhouse gases (GHGs) right at home. 

How will the Fellowship Program enable you to achieve your ambitions?

It will open for me possibilities and opportunities for networking, linkaging, replicating, scaling up and renewing inspirations for research and development. The sales profits (5%) can be contributed to Tubig Kanlungan's scholarship program, while the remainder can be used to further scale up the project.

Are you living in the Philippines?


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edited on 22nd July 2016, 05:07 by Celso Espaldon

Celso Espaldon Jul 20, 2016

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Jeremie Diaz Jul 20, 2016

Biomass is gaining ground with the ideas submitted so far. It follows since the country is filled with natural resources that can be used for alternative fuel. You have an amazing idea, Celso, to bring biomass to the home. A quick question in terms of your market, is your present product design of HBS catered for rural households? If not, what could be a fitting product design for households in highly urbanized centers like Metro Manila?

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Celso Espaldon Jul 21, 2016

Thank you and good day! The design is portable, therefore can cater to both rural and urban households. It is compact and not space consuming. However, in highly urbanised settlements like tenements, condominiums and informal settler shanties, a centralised biogas system may work better.

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Leon Carlo Valencia Jul 20, 2016

I like the general idea of your company. I'm interested in how you plan to scale this up. Is your current design already scalable?

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Celso Espaldon Jul 21, 2016

Thank you again. I am based in Laguna Province, and working on our own finances, my scaling up plan is to get to local government units, CSOs, Coops and local POs. I dream of seeing myself doing DIY demos across the country. Thank you.

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