DOE and DOST team up to enhance renewable energy research.

By Oliver Townsend May 22, 2024
Philippines' DOE and DOST Forge Partnership to Boost Renewable Energy Research.jpegOrginal image from: https://solarquarter.com/2024/05/22/philippines-doe-and-dost-forge-partnership-to-boost-renewable-energy-research/

The Department of Energy (DOE) Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) have joined forces to boost renewable energy (RE) research and development through a recent partnership. This collaboration involves the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to enhance the utilization of the Renewable Energy Trust Fund (RETF) established under Republic Act No. 9513.

Enhancing Renewable Energy Research

The RETF serves as a financial resource to support research, development, demonstration, and promotion of both power and non-power RE systems. It aims to empower qualified research institutions and public-private partnerships by providing fellowships for energy studies and related projects. The DOE issued a Department Circular in 2022 to outline guidelines for managing the RETF effectively and ensuring the successful implementation of RE programs.

Collaborative Projects and Innovations

Under the MOA, the DOE and DOST, along with the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), will collaborate on various projects to enhance the efficiency, affordability, and scalability of different RE technologies. These technologies include solar power, wind energy, hydropower, biomass, ocean energy, geothermal power, and other emerging solutions.

Commercialization and Economic Growth

The partnership aims to not only advance research but also facilitate the practical application of research outcomes to promote the commercialization of RE technologies. This initiative is expected to contribute to the growth of the local green economy by creating opportunities for the development and adoption of sustainable energy solutions.

Driving Innovation and Policy Development

Energy Secretary Raphael P.M. Lotilla and DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. highlighted the significance of this collaboration in driving innovation within the renewable energy sector. By addressing technical, economic, and policy challenges, the partnership aims to accelerate the adoption of RE technologies. Research and development will play a crucial role in providing policymakers with valuable insights to develop supportive policy frameworks and market mechanisms for the deployment of renewable energy solutions.

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