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Solar Assisted Seaweed Dryers to Improve Quality of Dried Seaweeds in Sibutu and Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi

Updated: Mar 26

Commercial seaweed farming began in the Philippines in the 1970s and has grown to be a major source of livelihood for coastal families. Seaweed extracts are used as gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food products. They also constitute an important food item, fertilizer and animal feed. ​

One Renewable proudly supports the I-PURE (Integration of Productive Use of Renewable Energy for Inclusive and Sustainable Energization) – a joint project of NEA (National Electrification Administration) and MiNDA (Mindanao Development Authority) through grant funding of EU-ASEP (European Union Access to Sustainable Energy Program).  The project aims to showcase a paradigm shift in socio-economic development from the traditional approach of household electrification.​

Productivity meets sustainability through Solar PV

Solar Innovation for Socio-Economic Transformation:  Sibutu and Sitangkai, Tawi-tawi, is home to 15,000 seaweed farmers, who will benefit from the 12 dome-type solar-assisted seaweed dryers developed by the Mindanao State University Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography.  The facility will hasten the drying period by 50 percent or only 2-3 days even during rainy or cloudy days, and consequently, the farmers can sell the improved quality raw dried seaweeds.​.


Boosting local economies in Tawi - Tawi

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