KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd will embark on a feasibility study on hydrogen and fuel cell application in the state, setting aside RM5mil as initial funding to advance adoption of these technologies.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said research in hydrogen and fuel cells by the state’s energy development company would form an integral part of the government’s new emphasis to develop Sarawak, leveraging on research and development.
Sarawak, with abundant clean hydroelectric power resources, provides an ideal setting to enable a hydrogen-based economy.
“Findings and recommendations from the study will be shared with the research council that the state will form,” he said.
The council’s primary focus would be in energy-related areas such as alternative energy potential, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cells research.
“Sarawak Energy has been entrusted to spearhead the research in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies application in the state.
“We are taking pioneering steps to explore the commercial and public application of hydrogen and fuel cell technology with this study.
“It is hoped that hydrogen can be the primary fuel of choice for areas such as transportation sector and energy storage, as technology matures and becomes commercially attractive in the future,” Abang Johari said at a press conference at Menara Sarawak Energy here.
With Sarawak looking to transform its public transportation sector with clean and green technologies, the state government is interested to adopt hydrogen and fuel cell technology as it is known to be clean, since water is the only by-product in the power generation process.
“If we are successful in applying this technology, particularly in the transportation sector, we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuel and lower carbon footprint so that the people will be able to enjoy modern and efficient public transportation with minimal impact on the environment.
“This will also contribute to Malaysia’s commitment towards reducing carbon dioxide emission intensity by 45% by 2030,” he added.
Abang Johari said there was an indication of interest from foreign companies to set up hydrogen fuel cell plant in the state.
Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the state’s production cost in renewable energy is the most competitive in region. Sarawak Energy has reduced its generation carbon intensity by over 70% since 2009.
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