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Feature: Strengthening R&D on alternative fuels

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (2 April) -- The Alternative Fuels Corp. of the Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) vow to advance alternative sources of energy in the country through continuing research and development (R&D).

The two institutions inked recently a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that binds them as strategic partners in pursuing a strategy of energy independence through research and development that would help the country veer away from too much dependence on imported oil.

Peter Anthony Abaya, chief executive officer of PNOC-AFC explained that these institutions have keenly pursued R&D in renewable energy and they have agreed to focus their cooperation on collaborative assessment and identification of R&D requirements of alternative fuels and exploring programs on Bio-fuels indigenous energy resources; prepare a comprehensive R&D program and pursue a continuing program on capability building of technical staff to enhance knowledge and skills.

Abaya added, “We chose DOST as our partner in research and development on alternative fuels because of its expertise in providing central direction for scientific and technological activities. “ With PNOC’s mandate to explore, develop and accelerate the use and popularization of existing and emerging alternative sources of energy, they are confident that they would be able to bring the country to the forefront of global alternative fuels industry, Abaya concluded.

The Biofuels Act of 2006 was signed into law in January 2007. It mandated DOST to identify and develop viable feedstock for the production of biofuels and implement a research and development program that will support a sustainable improvement in biofuel production and utilization technology. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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