Sarawak in talks with Japan to study plating technology to lower cost of hydrogen production

Abang Johari fields questions from reporters after the United States-Malaysia Clean Tech Forum 2024 held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on June 12, 2024. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)
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By Shikin Louis

KUCHING, June 12: Sarawak is in talks with Japan to study the use of plating technology for hydrogen production, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He believes that such technology could serve as a new solution to produce hydrogen at a lower cost.

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“I have discussed with Japan on conducting a study in terms of plating technology to produce another membrane that will hasten the split (between hydrogen and oxygen) with a lower cost.

“If this happens, there is a possibility that the power consumption required to generate (1kg of) hydrogen could be lowered to 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh).

“This means it would become very cheap to produce hydrogen,” he said when met by reporters after officiating at the United States-Malaysia Clean Tech Forum 2024 held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

In his speech earlier, Abang Johari mentioned that Sarawak’s progress in hydrogen production has been fruitful as it managed to reduce the power consumption required to generate 1kg of hydrogen from 60 to 38 kilowatt hours (kWh).

Responding to a reporter’s query afterwards, he explained that the Sarawak government has established an assembly plant in Demak Laut—a project between SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd and Gentari Sdn Bhd.

“This facility will produce electrolysers that could break molecules to produce hydrogen at only 38kWh of power consumption.

“We believe that this required power consumption to produce hydrogen could be lowered by over 20kWh,” he added. — DayakDaily

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