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FUEL OF THE FUTURE: Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi (seated, center) and Robert Briggs, Senior Advisor to the Executive Chairman of Star Scientific Ltd (seated, rightmost) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the potential of hydrogen as one of the country’s energy sources. 


Also present during the ceremonial signing were Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Steven J. Robinson AO (seated, leftmost). Behind them (from left to right): Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas, Representatives from Star Scientific Ltd. Gilbert Gacrama, Alan Dino, DOE Assistant Secretary Gerardo D. Erguiza, Jr., and DOE Energy Utilization Management Bureau Director Patrick T. Aquino. (Photo from DOE)

QUEZON  CITY, Jan. 29 (PIA) -- Department of Energy (DOE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Australia-based research and development company Star Scientific Ltd. to explore the use of hydrogen as a fuel for power generation.

“I have often said that there could be a lot of potential for hydrogen for the local industry given that it is seen as the fuel of the future,” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said.

Star Scientific Ltd. prides itself for its breakthrough technology, Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser (HERO), which converts hydrogen into heat without combustion.

“The Parties will investigate hydrogen production in the Philippines in an effort to make the country energy independent so as to significantly reduce the country's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions,” the MOU stated.

ln particular, the Parties will work together to investigate:

(1) ways in which Star's HERO technology can be used to convert existing power assets within the Philippines to unlimited zero-emissions hydrogen assets;
(2) the viability of increased distribution of emission-free power by way of a Super Critical CO2 grid network powered by HERO technology; and
(3) desalination options for both existing and new systems throughout the Philippines through the use of the HERO technology.

“I thank the Australian government and Star Scientific for assisting us explore the potential of producing hydrogen via renewable sources and other energy assets. We are hoping to be able to utilize hydrogen as fuel for electric vehicles and as part of the country’s future energy mix,” Secretary Cusi said. (MTQ/PIA-IDPD with additional information from DOE)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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