Pioneer hydrogen plant under testing, says CM

Posted on : 10 May 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: Sarawak’s first Hydrogen Production Plant and Refuelling Station has been built and is undergoing testing which is expected to be completed by 27th May , says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Sarawak government has acquired three Hydrogen-powered buses as part of the Sarawak pilot project and research into having a better green public transportation system, he disclosed in his winding up speech at State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

He added that the Sarawak government is collaborating with Linde Group, the world’s leading industrial gases company and Hydrogenics, the world’s leading company in water electrolysis-based hydrogen generator on this project,.

“I have been talking about Sarawak producing hydrogen as an alternative green energy because we have abundant water sources that can be converted to hydrogen for public transport or even for export.

“Countries like US, Europe, Korea and Japan are now producing vehicle that run on hydrogen fuel cell due to environmental consideration and depleting fossil fuel resources. Since 2013 until 2017, there were 6,500 hydrogen fuel cell cars sold globally.

However, the cost of hydrogen production in these countries is much higher due to higher energy cost and less water resources. Production of hydrogen from natural gas is not competitive as the production of hydrogen from water through electrolysis,” he said in his winding up

Abang Johari believed Sarawak has all the advantages in producing hydrogen from water at cheaper cost and using green energy that is hydropower. With the advancement of technology, we should be able to realise the export of hydrogen to these countries in the very near future and will become our next source of revenue for the State just like how we export LNG.