Hydrogen energy: Premier salutes Sarawakian scientist

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KUCHING: An outstanding invention by an Iban scientist from Sri Aman in the field of hydrogen energy has caught the attention of Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Recalling his recent visit to the Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) research centre, Abang Johari waxed lyrical about the Sarawakian scientist who invented a membrane used in the electrolysis process that can reduce electricity usage of 60 per cent to 38 per cent in the conversion of water to hydrogen.

He described it as a step forward in the state’s initiative in harnessing hydrogen energy as part of its green initiative, at a reduced cost.

“I’m glad there is already an improvement in the (development) of the membrane (used) in the electrolysis process where apparently the scientists have invented a new membrane that will reduce the need for electricity from the present 60 per cent to 38, meaning the cost of conversion will be less,” he said.

He said this at a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK), here today.

“I’m very proud. During the conversation, I thought (the invention) was made by a scientist from somewhere else. It turned out to be a Sarawakian who invented that.

“And this Iban from Sri Aman, he is there in Petronas inventing a new membrane that will reduce the demand or the need for electricity in the conversion of water to hydrogen. So now they are going to do that,” he added.

He also mentioned that Sarawak has achieved another discovery in the conversion of algae to biofuel.

“We can cultivate algae and we will produce biofuel. This biofuel will become sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) used to power aircraft.

“Maybe beyond the year 2030, aircraft will start using the biofuel from Sarawak. That is our ambition,” he emphasised.

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