Science, technology necessary to accelerate PH shift to electro-mobility, says DOST’s Innovation Council

Published December 22, 2021, 6:35 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Science and technology are necessary to accelerate the country’s shift to electro-mobility,the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCIEERD) said.

(Screenshot from DOST-PCIEERD Facebook page)

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit stressed the importance of science and technology in the Philippines’ transition to electro-mobility.

“We at DOST-PCIEERD believe that science and technology are required to rocket the electric vehicle industry and accelerate the shift or transition to electro-mobility,” he said during the launch of three electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Quezon City.

“To be able to participate in EV-related programs and activities across the supply and service chain, from fabrication to production to maintenance, repair, and even end-of-life, we need to mobilize our researchers, innovators, and collaborators.”

He took the opportunity to congratulate the University of the Philippines (UP), Quezon City government, and the Department of Energy (DOE) on the ceremonial launch of the charging stations held on Dec. 14 as part of the project “Determination of Optimal Placement of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in a Local Public Transportation System”.

The project, which is implemented by the Electric Mobility Group of the National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), is funded by the DOST and the DOE.

The project was able to collaborate with the Quezon City LGU in identifying the possible optimal locations and deployment of a network of public charging infrastructure, the DOST-PCIEERD said.

The locations of the charging stations are the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI), The charging stations are located at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, QC Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) Office and the Payatas Environmental Office.

“The goal of this project is to develop a system for strategically putting fast charging stations throughout a local transportation network. This methodology will be useful in assessing the charging infrastructure for electric trikes in a city.” Paringit said.

Due to the pandemic’s concerns, a safe alternative form of transportation is required, he said.

“As part of the proposal, existing DOE e-trikes would be used to provide transportation services by allocating pick-up and drop-off sites. Aside from transportation, the charging stations can also be used as charging sites during emergency.”

The PCIEERD chief noted that last year during the onslaught of a heavy typhoon, one of the charging stations in UP-EEEI was used as charging locations for the UP community.

He said the launch of the charging stations as a “watershed moment” for Barangay Payatas, the UP community, and the Quezon City government, “who are all working together with DOE to make electric vehicles not only a part of our future, but also a part of our current transportation system, as they are less expensive to operate and maintain, better for our energy security, and much better for our environment and health.”