The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) and Japan Hydrogen Technology Inc. (HTI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore hydrogen potential for power generation, H2 Bulletin reports.
The plan is to investigate hydrogen production in the archipelago to make the country self-sufficient in energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said the MOU would accelerate the Philippines research and development activities for hydrogen, and hopefully, the development of hydrogen energy will eventually be realised. He hoped that HTI would be able to bring the technology here soon so it can be trialled in one of the islands.
“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.
Previously the DOE signed a similar agreement with Star Scientific Ltd., an Australian research and development company.
HTI provides an on-site hydrogen supply system. Its hydrogen generation plant produces 108 kg/h (1,200 m3/h) and 2.592 tonnes/day (28,800 m3/day) of hydrogen, which can be stored in tanks installed at low pressure. The estimation is based on one line of hydrogen production, which amounts to 18 kg/h (200 m3/h). Due to no transportation, the technology is benefited from the absence of transportation costs as well as culminates the need for liquefaction or compression at high pressure.