Malaysia is poised to introduce its Hydrogen Economy and Technology Roadmap, strategically aiming to secure investments in green hydrogen production and position itself as a top global green hydrogen exporter by 2027. This strategic move complements the initiatives laid out in the recently unveiled National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR).
Malaysia’s Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, emphasized the pivotal role of green hydrogen in shaping the future of clean energy. Given its standing as a prominent natural gas producer, Malaysia is keenly exploring the possibilities with hydrogen, especially considering its characteristics similar to gas — its storability and transportability, attributes not shared by other renewable energies like solar, hydro, and wind. Key players such as the national oil giant, Petronas, and the Sarawak state government, which recently introduced its inaugural hydrogen-powered transit tram, underscore Malaysia’s dedication to this green energy transformation.
The impending rollout of the hydrogen roadmap, succeeding the NETR’s phase two, underscores Malaysia’s commitment to shifting towards renewable sources. The national utility entity, TNB, is also delving into hydrogen, aiming to investigate the potential of hydrogen-fueled power plants. Presently, nearly 50% of the nation’s electricity requirements are fulfilled through domestic production, with substantial exports, particularly to Japan.
(Sources: Tenaga Nasional Berhad; The Edge Markets)