Napocor And GPCCI Collaborate On Feasibility Study For Green Hydrogen In Off-Grid Areas In The Philippines

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The National Power Corp. (Napocor) and the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI) have joined forces to conduct a study on the viability of green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in off-grid regions of the Philippines.


Napocor’s President, Fernando Martin Roxas, highlighted that the partnership aims to explore the potential of these technologies in areas without access to the national power grid. The collaboration seeks to facilitate knowledge transfer, modernization opportunities, and the attainment of clean and affordable energy.

Roxas emphasized that the feasibility study will enable the modernization of power generation systems in off-grid areas, potentially replacing diesel-powered setups with green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Currently, the Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) of Napocor operates diesel plants to provide electricity to off-grid islands in the Philippines.


The initiative, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, will be implemented in three phases. The first phase involves selecting two suitable sites based on factors such as renewable resource availability, economic viability, accessibility, and community support. Napocor will contribute technical and economic data, while GPCCI will assist with data gathering. The second phase will focus on modelling the selected sites, and the final phase will evaluate the project results.

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GPCCI President Stefan Schmitz acknowledged the country’s increasing energy demand and the need for environmentally friendly power generation capacity. Given the challenges related to energy supply, rising fuel costs, and high electricity prices, hydrogen technology and fuel cells offer promising alternative energy solutions for off-grid areas.

GPCCI expressed its commitment to promoting a sustainable and climate-friendly energy transition in the Philippines’ off-grid regions through this feasibility study. The project aims to showcase the economic and environmental advantages of green hydrogen and fuel cell technologies while supporting sustainable development and the country’s overall development goals.

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