Sarawak’s Drive for Efficient Hydrogen Production Gains Momentum Towards Sustainable Energy Goals

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State Pursuing Lower Power Consumption to Generate Hydrogen

Sarawak's Drive for Efficient Hydrogen Production Gains Momentum Towards Sustainable Energy Goals
Sarawak’s Drive for Efficient Hydrogen Production Gains Momentum Towards Sustainable Energy Goals

Sarawak’s Ambitious Steps Towards Energy Efficiency in Hydrogen Production

KUCHING, June 12 — Sarawak is intensifying efforts to drastically reduce the power consumption required for hydrogen production, aiming to achieve a target of 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) per kilogram of hydrogen.

In a significant announcement at the US – Malaysia Clean Tech Forum 2024 held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg outlined the state’s commitment to enhancing energy efficiency in the hydrogen sector. He emphasized ongoing collaborations with global leaders in technology such as the US, Japan, and Korea to advance this initiative.

The process of electrolysis, which splits hydrogen from oxygen, is pivotal to hydrogen production. Sarawak, in partnership with Petronas, has already achieved notable progress in reducing energy consumption from 60kWh to 38kWh per kilogram of hydrogen. Premier Abang Johari expressed confidence in further lowering this figure to 20kWh, 15kWh, and eventually 10kWh through technological advancements and strategic partnerships.

Speaking on the potential impact of these advancements, Premier Abang Johari highlighted hydrogen’s role in transitioning away from fossil fuels towards cleaner energy alternatives. “Our abundant water resources position us uniquely to harness hydrogen as a key element in our energy strategy,” he stated.

The Premier also disclosed ongoing discussions with Japanese experts regarding innovative membrane technologies that could further decrease energy consumption in hydrogen production. This collaboration aims to explore plating technology to develop membranes that facilitate faster and more cost-effective electrolysis processes.

Moreover, Premier Abang Johari underscored the broader economic implications of hydrogen production efficiencies, particularly in supporting industries like shipping. “Hydrogen serves as the foundational gas for producing ammonia and methanol, crucial components in the evolving landscape of cleaner fuels,” he explained. Sarawak is already advancing initiatives to produce green methanol and ammonia, aligning its economic development goals with sustainable practices.

The forum was attended by key stakeholders including Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Datuk Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Abdul Aziz Husain, and US Ambassador to Malaysia Edgard D. Kagan.

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