Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with National Electrification Administration (NEA), a government organisation of the Philippines, on the implementation of H2One™, hydrogen (H2) based autonomous energy supply system with renewable energy and the use of H2 as a fuel for power generation in the Philippines.
Under the MOU, Toshiba ESS and NEA will study the installation site, the optimum system specifications in the Philippines, and the operation system, including maintenance.
In the Philippines, half of the current energy supply comprises of coal and oil-fired thermal power. The country is also reliant on imports of these fuels, and increasingly sees renewable energy as a chance to improve the self-sufficiency of its energy supply. The country seeks solutions for remote islands with low electrification rates, and ways to reduce risk from typhoons and other natural disasters.
H2One™ is an integrated system that uses a renewable energy source to electrolyse water to produce H2, and stores and uses the H2 in fuel cells to provide stable delivery of CO2-free, environmentally friendly electricity and hot water.
One of the applications of H2One™ is the ‘Off-grid solution,’ which can help realise a sustainable society. This is a distributed energy system that allows the supply of clean and stable energy, without influence from the weather, to islands currently reliant on diesel and other generating systems such as thermal power.
Fumio Otani, Corporate Senior Vice-President, who is responsible for the H2 business of Toshiba ESS said, “I’m confident that our expertise and know-how as a leading supplier of integrated energy solutions will help realise a sustainable society with distributed energy resources for each island.”
Toshiba ESS has been conducting a survey project to develop applications for the H2One™ in remote islands in the Philippines and Indonesia, which was selected by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in this month. Toshiba ESS has already reached a partnership agreement with Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi, an Indonesian government organisation, for the spread of H2One™, throughout Indonesia. MOU with NEA will accelerate business considerations for solutions to energy-related challenges in the Philippines.