H2One produces hydrogen and generates electricity with a system designed by National Electrification Administration (NEA) and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions Corp. This will be the first self-sufficient hydrogen energy system in the Philippines. Toshiba’s hydrogen-based energy system will help bring down electricity rates in an off-grid area.
This addresses the future shortage of renewable sources of energy. Ernesto Silvano Jr., acting department manager of the NEA Office of Renewable Energy and Development, said that “the project’s main objective is to help in the power supply, increase the power supply in isolated areas, and serve the unenergized areas. This will help the elecrtic cooperatives (ECs) have their own renewable-energy power source and not be dependent on fossil fuel anymore.”
In addition, Japanese government will grant fundings for the potential installation of the system in selected off-grid areas not connected to the main power grid covered by the (ECs) through feasibility studies.
Experts determined that various off-grid areas in the country are currently powered by diesel generator sets. There are 1,702 off-grids areas that are inaccessible to electricity. 142 off-grids in Luzon,557 in Visayas, lastly, in Mindanao ,which has the most numbered off-grids areas, accounted 1,003.
Feasibility studies from these areas or from small power electricity group will be the beneficiaries from the said grant fundings.
NEA Administrator Edgardo Masongsong and Toshiba’s Corporate Senior Vice President Fumio Otani signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work on the project technology ,which aims to develop a more sustainable supply of energy, last October 15, 2018.
To know more about H2one, read here Toshiba’s H2One is making the hydrogen energy future a reality for the industry.