Exploring new trend in urban transport

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 07 Dec 2017

Abang Johari (second from right) and members of his delegation during a test ride in a hydrogen-powered train in Tangshan, China.

KUCHING: Sarawak is keen to tap into China’s wide experience and expertise in urban transport, particularly in developing hydrogen-powered trains.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although hydrogen power was a new technology, Sarawak had tremendous potential in this sector.

“This is because we have water in abundance as feedstock,” he said during a visit to China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd in Beijing.

He noted that production of clean energy was the worldwide trend towards reducing the carbon footprint and increasing carbon credits.

Hydrogen fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity and produce only water and heat as clean by-products.

Abang Johari arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a five-day working visit to China to explore new technologies in light rail, train and building construction.

At China Harbour Engineering, the discussion focused on the development of an efficient and emission-free public transportation system.

The Chief Minister’s delegation then visited China Development to gain insights into the bank’s operation and services.

In the afternoon, the delegation went to China Railway Construction and Corporation Ltd for a test ride on a hydrogen-powered tourist train. They also went to see the medium-low speed Maglev train test facility at Tangshan in Hebei province near Beijing.

Members of the entourage include Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Hussain. SEDC is the implementing agency for the proposed greater Kuching LRT project.

Besides China, Sarawak has also looked at Europe’s public transport technology.

In October, Abang Johari led a delegation to Germany to explore options for zero-emission trains for a light rail transit system planned for greater Kuching.

They visited the Alstom manufacturing facility where they were given a test ride on the world’s first hydrogen-powered train.

They also viewed the Siemens facility which manufactures hydrogen from water.

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