KUCHING: Sarawak is looking into new technology to produce hydrogen from water as an alternative energy source, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
The chief minister said Sarawak had abundant water resources which could be tapped for this purpose.
“I went to Shenzhen last year and found out that China can produce hydrogen from water. I am bringing this technology to Sarawak.
“By the end of this year we will have one hydrogen filling station in Bintawa and a pilot project of buses using hydrogen energy,” he said at a Chinese New Year dinner organised by the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions here on Wednesday.
Abang Johari said in future Sarawak could even consider exporting hydrogen.
He said two companies from Japan had approached him to enquire about buying hydrogen from the state.
“We have a lot of water, so we can produce hydrogen for export and that will be a business opportunity.”
The chief minister said the use of technology was vital in the state’s pursuit of economic development.
He said the state government would spend RM1bil to upgrade telecommunications infrastructure for high-speed Internet to facilitate e-commerce.
“In five years, the whole economic landscape will change. We have to use technology, we cannot stop it,” he said.
Earlier, China’s acting consul-general in Kuching Zhang Yang said the cooperation between China and Sarawak had been strengthened with high-level visits as well as rapid development of economic and trade ties and deeper friendship.
“Last year witnessed many important occasions in China-Sarawak collaboration. The chief minister and high-level government officials paid successful visits to China.
“Yunnan and Fujian provinces established relations with Sarawak. Important MoUs were signed on bilateral collaboration in infrastructure construction, manufacturing and tourism development,” he said.
Zhang added Sarawak was an example to others for its unique cultural diversity and ethnic harmony.
He said this could be seen in the way other communities joined in the Chinese New Year celebration.