DOE ties up with Japan firm to explore PH hydrogen energy development

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — The Department of Energy seeks to boost the country's research and development activities on hydrogen energy through a new partnership with a Japanese firm.

In a statement on Thursday, the DOE said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Tokyo-based Hydrogen Technology Inc., or HTI, to explore the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation.

Under the deal, the DOE and HTI plan to “investigate hydrogen production in the Philippines to make the country 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,” DOE Secretary Cusi said in the statement.

“With the assistance of HTI and through the signing of the MOU, we are hopeful that the development of hydrogen energy will eventually be realized,” he added.

The DOE chief was hopeful that the Tokyo-based company could bring its technology to the Philippines to jumpstart the R&D initiative.

In January, the DOE signed a similar agreement with Australia's research and development company Star Scientific Ltd.