UOG sustainability conference features CEO of Blue Planet Energy

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Henk Rogers, the founder of the Blue Planet Foundation -- a Hawaii-based nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the world's dependence on fossil fuel -- was the keynote speaker for this week's virtual conference organized by the University of Guam's Center for Island Sustainability.

The second week of the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability virtual conference series featured Henk Rogers, one of the world’s leading advocates for clean energy.

Henk Rogers, the founder of the Blue Planet Foundation — a Hawaii-based nonprofit dedicated to eliminating the world’s dependence on fossil fuel — was the keynote speaker for this week’s virtual conference organized by the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability.

Rogers is also the CEO of Blue Planet Energy, one of the leading providers of energy storage systems. He addressed some of the unique issues island nations can face when they make the switch to solar energy.

One of these issues includes variable weather conditions affecting the energy input of solar panels.

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“If we were to take islands off-grid and create a situation where they are 100% renewable by solar, then you’ll have times of day where you’ll have extra energy. Well, we decided to make hydrogen with that extra energy. Hydrogen is not only a backup fuel, which means that when you have multiple cloudy days and you don’t have enough light to charge your batteries, you can use the hydrogen and charge the batteries using something called a fuel cell,” Rogers said.

Rogers also commended the Leon Guerrero-Tenorio administration and Senators Amanda Shelton and Clynt Ridgell for working together on Public 35-46, which requires Guam to completely use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

The senators awarded Rogers with Resolution 325-35 to recognize him for inspiring Guam as the island makes its way towards a more sustainable future.

Rogers also expressed the importance of countries, especially island nations, to commit themselves to cleaner energy.

“The concept of the alliance is to have other countries – starting with island states like yours – to have the mandate. Because you, the islands, will be the most affected by climate change out of any jurisdiction. So you need to be the most concerned about this,” Rogers said.

The third part of the virtual conference series will take place next Friday, May 15, at 9 am and will focus on Island Wisdom: Looping Back to the Circular Economy. Those who are interested can register for free at UOG.EDU/CIS2020.

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