SEDC taps hydrogen economy potential

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KUCHING: Petros multifuel refuelling stations are being set up at various locations in Sarawak to encourage the motoring public to purchase hydrogen-powered vehicles and electric cars.

Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said many had questioned the purpose of having these stations despite only having little to no hydrogen-powered vehicles and electric cars in the state.

“The question is, if there are no stations, will the people buy hydrogen cars? We need to have the station first in order to encourage the general public to acquire hydrogen cars and electric vehicles,” he explained.

He said this in his welcoming address at the groundbreaking ceremony for the MJC Batu Kawah Petros Multifuel Refuelling Station here on Tuesday (Nov 23).

Abdul Aziz said the refuelling station, developed by SEDC’s subsidiary, SEDC Energy, would be equipped to charge electric vehicles (EV) as well as fuel up Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV).

“This is unlike any other station currently in Malaysia and this is indeed something that we can be very proud of.

“Aside from refueling, these stations will provide commercial spaces for local and global brands to market their products or services and at the same time spur the local economy especially areas surrounding the stations,” he added.

Besides producing green hydrogen, he said SEDC Energy would also be looking into the manufacturing or assembling of hydrogen fuel cell components as part of its efforts to expand the hydrogen economy in Sarawak.

He added the undertaking which was geared towards reducing carbon might also contribute to the potential carbon credit markets which could be another commodity for Sarawak in the global market.

“With many countries around the world rushing to establish their own hydrogen economies with regards to controlling the worsening effect of pollution, I believe that Sarawak is in the right place and right time to establish its own hydrogen economy.

“There may be some challenges to that, however this is how we will be able to learn to become experts in this field, as I strongly believe that challenges will make us more determined, focused and therefore propel ourselves further in the right direction.

“Subsequently, we will be able to contribute not only to Sarawak but also be known as a leader in this hydrogen production industry globally,” he added.

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