A worker checks the drying mango © British Council

“Health, energy, productivity issues could not have been addressed if not for collaboration with Coventry University.” Dr Taboada

Mango is a major crop in the Philippines but the industry faces waste management issues, producing about half a million metric tons of mango waste each year. Thanks to Green Enviro Systems (GEMS) which is monitored by wireless sensor networks, waste is now being safely turned into high-value products.

The University of San Carlos started GEMS to reduce fruit waste but had safety and energy efficiency issues from extreme conditions in the dryer, posing health hazards to employees. Coventry University worked with USC to develop the PULP-Seed project which uses wireless sensor networks to minimise energy costs and reduce health hazards by monitoring the manufacturing facility. GEMS now provides safe employment and re-purposes 100% of Cebu’s mango industry waste into products which are used in cosmetic and food industries.

Mango flour made with the processed mango waste © British Council 

The collaboration built mutual trust between Coventry University and USC, further developing through co-delivery of a PhD Engineering programme through the British Council-CHED Transnational Education Programme. It also leveraged Coventry University’s expertise in wireless sensor networks, leading to further engagements including summer schools attended by engineers from all over the Philippines.

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