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SEB, Shells MDS exploring future of hydrogen economy in Sarawak

5 month ago, 07-Dec-2018

SEB and Shell MDS have signed a MoU to explore the hydrogen economy in Sarawak

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd and Shell MDS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhdhavesigned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) onworking together toassesspotential opportunities in lower-cost hydrogen production technology via electrolysis.

The MoU includes a joint study and knowledge exchange on hydrogen production technology, education and drawing up best practices, as well as assessing opportunities for green certification in hydrogen production.

The signatories for Sarawak Energywere its Group Chief Executive Officer,Datu Sharbini Suhaili and Senior Vice-President for Legal & Enterprise Risk Nooruddin Abdullah, while Shell MDSwas represented by its Managing Director, Omar Sheikh and General Manager for Manufacturing Chris Schultz.

The MoU was a follow-up to the Sarawak Energys pilot hydrogen production plant and refuelling station projectwhich is scheduled to be ready in time for a test run of three hydrogen-powered buses due to arrive here by the first quarter of 2019.

The production plant and refuelling station is part of several initiativesundertaken by Sarawak Energy as part of the state-owned energy developers research into greening the transportation sector through low carbon fuels for the statecapital.

The first such plant in Southeast Asia, the pilot facility lays the foundation for research on the commercial viability of a hydrogen economy for Sarawak through the production, delivery, storage and utilisation of this fuel of the future.

Commenting on the collaboration, Sharbini said the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology wasregarded as the missing link in the value chain of the renewable energy business.

This collaboration with Shell MDS sees us working to achieve a common goal in supporting the states aspiration to decarbonise our energy system, augmenting what Sarawak Energy is already doing via hydropower to provide clean, renewable and affordable energy for Sarawak, he said.

Hydrogen is a versatile molecule that acts as an energy carrier and delivers a cleaner fuel in mobility and energy storage, as well as a feedstock to industrial chemical processes.

Current renewable hydropower makes up 75 per cent of Sarawaks generation mix, hence, producing hydrogen from the grid willbe less fossil-fuel intensive.

– Bernama


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