KUCHING (March 15): The Sarawak government has today signed an MoU with the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne to explore the hydrogen economy.
According to the press release, the State Government and the Victorian Hydrogen Hub (VH2), which is led by Swinburne and funded by the Victorian State Government of Australia, intends to work together on the hydrogen economy and its development in Sarawak.
This includes connecting more widely both parties in the global hydrogen supply chain and ecosystem.
VH2 is a collaboration between Swinburne, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization of Australia (CSIRO) and the Arena 2036 in Germany, to explore new business models, find community insights on hydrogen applications, investigate regulatory and safety requirements, identify future training needs and workforce, Develop new technologies, products and services that strengthen the local industry.
Arena 2036 has German partners that include well-known companies such as Bosch, Siemens, BMW and Daimler.
Deputy Premier of the Sarawak Dato Sri Da Sim Cui Hian witnessed the signing ceremony of the MoU at the Swinburne campus in Hawthorne.
The MoU was signed by Datuk Dr Muhammad Abdullah Jaidel, Director of Sarawak Economic Planning Unit and Prof Pasquale Qester, President and Vice Chancellor of Swinburne.
Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision is that Sarawak should become the main clean hydrogen producing center in the region in its quest to develop a hydrogen-powered economy for Sarawak, Dr Sim said.
“Energy deliver safety and weather alternate constitute most important worries approximately the destiny of the strength sector, on the way to offer the essential strength to maintain the economic system and give rise to the challenge of finding a better way to control emissions.
“Hydrogen is attractive because it is the only byproduct of water, either to burn it to generate heat or to react with air in the fuel cell,” he said.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding, both parties hope to meet the challenges of research and human capital and support sustainable production practices and the ability to procure clean energy from renewable sources and strive to create a sustainable future for all.
The collaboration focuses on research and innovation in the hydrogen economy through industry-led research and innovation programs, industry communications research programs such as PhD, master’s and entrepreneurship programs, global industry exchange programs and IP commercialization; Human capital development for the hydrogen economy by creating new hydrogen skills and training programs; Programs for Hydrogen Economy and Hydrogen Preparation Program, Programs around Safety and Technology; Industry 4.0 testbed opportunities and partnerships for hydrogen production and supply chain by creating a physical demonstration and training site for hydrogen technologies, their implementation, maintenance and safety, cyber-physical (digital twins) hydrogen production, transportation and supply chain scenarios; And global hydrogen connectivity through technology adoption, transformation and demonstration; Globally aligned policy and regulatory frameworks, investment and partnerships, development of targeted micro-medium enterprises (MSMEs) and new businesses and services in the hydrogen economy.
Renewable energy is one of the key growth sectors of the post-development strategy of 2030 by Muhammad Abdullah and is a clean hydrogen versatile energy carrier and feedstock that enables energy and industrial sectors to achieve deep decarbonization.
“Barriers to market activation are caused by a lack of supporting infrastructure and the cost of hydrogen supply.
“However, each limitations may be conquer via strategic partnerships and investments withinside the fee chain from the non-public and public sectors,” he said.
Through this partnership, Sarawak’s government looks forward to enhancing cooperation in the hydrogen economy, particularly in the industry 4.0 Testbed and global hydrogen connection for research and innovation, human capital development, hydrogen production and supply chain.
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