"Pineapples to Power" develoPPP Project


The “Pineapples to Power” project is an initiative of the German company Lipp GmbH, a maker of biogas tanks and plants, to support the renewable energy transformation in the Philippines by converting bio-waste into energy. The objective of the 3-year project is to train Filipino technicians on the construction, maintenance, and safe handling of German technology biogas plants.

GPCCI member company MetPower Ventures, a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Group, built two industrial scale biogas plants in Mindanao for pineapple producer Dole Philippines under a Build-Own-Transfer (BOT) setup. The two plants in Surallah and Polomolok, South Cotabato use the Lipp biogas digester technology and have a combined capacity to produce 5.7 megawatt of clean energy per year. The energy generated powers Dole’s canning operations.

This develoPPP project is 50% co-financed by the German Investment Corporation (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft – DEG) through public funds of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Project Partners

German Biogas Association

The German Biogas Association is a network of biogas technology manufacturers, companies, and researchers in the country. The Association regularly conducts seminars and training for Biogas plant operators.


IBBK Fachgruppe Biogas GmbH

The International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence (IBBK) provides consultations and trainings to biogas plant operators and conducts studies on biogas technology.


Lipp GmbH

Lipp is a steel tank construction specialist that provides system solutions to store solid, liquid, or gaseous materials. In the Philippines, Lipp products are made available through METpower Venture partners, a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation


German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry

GPCCI is the official representation of German businesses in the Philippines and promotes bilateral trade and market entry activities.


Project Partners


KFW DEG is a financial and development institution that finances and supports programs and projects from the private sector. This is directly done through loans or equity investments.


Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

BMZ is a ministry that focuses on implementing development policies through its commissioned implementing organizations. DEG is one of the implementing organizations under the BMZ.