KUCHING: Sarawak’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, covering the state capital, Samarahan and Serian divisions, could become the first in the region to use hydrogen fuel cell trains when commencing operations in 2024.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state opted to use the hydrogen fuel cell system as it is more cost effective and environmentally friendly.
The train, with a travel speed of 70-140kph, gains its power from hydrogen that is produced through water electrolysis combined with external oxygen supply.
It will feature a motor that is impressive in both energy conversion and energy efficiency.
“The LRT envisages the realisation of efficient mobility in Kuching, creating economic opportunities, enabling trade and facilitating access to markets and services,” he said at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday
The LRT project is estimated to cost RM10.7bil and will create 20,000 jobs once fully operational. Construction will begin next year.
The next phase of LRT development in the city will cover Bau, Telaga Air and Kuching outer ring.