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DOE pushes for hydrogen energy exploration

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DOE pushes for hydrogen energy exploration

The spillway of Magat hydro powerplant in Isabela (Photo from PNA)

QUEZON CITY, April 8 (PIA) — The Department of Energy (DOE) pushes for research and development of hydrogen energy for power generation.

DOE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Wednesday, April 7 with Tokyo-based Hydrogen Technology Inc. (HTI) to look into hydrogen production in the Philippines for the country to be energy independent and significantly reduce the country’s CO2 emissions.

“The DOE, with the creation of the Hydrogen and Fusion Energy Committee (HFEC), commits to exploring hydrogen as a viable alternative and cleaner source of energy and its other beneficial applications for the Filipino people,” Secretary Cusi said in his remarks during the virtual signing of the MOU.

This is the second MOU that the DOE signed to further study the research and development of hydrogen energy in line with Secretary Cusi’s vision to include hydrogen in the country’s future energy mix.

In January this year, the DOE signed a similar undertaking with Star Scientific Ltd., an Australian research and development company.

Secretary Cusi expressed hope that HTI will be able to bring into the country its technology sooner so that the R&D activities can already commence. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD with information from DOE)