DOE explores hydrogen for power generation


    The Department of Energy (DOE) has signed another memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will explore the use of hydrogen for power generation in the country.

    DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi signed the agreement with Japanese firm Hydrogen Technology Inc. (HTI) on Wednesday night.

    Cusi said the agreement will enable the country fasttrack research and development activities for hydrogen.

    “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,” Cusi said in a statement.

    Cusi expressed optimism the partnership will enable the DOE conduct the trial usage of the technology as the MOU will allow HTI’s model to be shipped to the Philippines.

    He said this will help HTI facilitate the entry of its technicians if needed, given the restricted movements because of the current pandemic.

    Last January, the DOE signed a MOU with Australia-based research and development company Star Scientific Ltd..

    Star Scientific developed the hydrogen energy release optimizer technology that converts hydrogen into heat without combustion. – Jed Macapagal