Malaysian utility firm Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is partnering with global energy firm Siemens Energy to accelerate the decarbonization of its thermal power plants, utilizing green hydrogen produced from renewable energy (RE) resources.

TNB said in a statement on Thursday that TNB has recently formalized an agreement through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Siemens Energy.

This MoU provides TNB with access to cutting-edge knowledge and expertise as well as resources in hydrogen-based power generation, with a specific focus on green hydrogen production using electrolyser and RE generation sources such as pumped hydro and solar.

“Partnering with Siemens Energy aligns seamlessly with TNB’s Energy Transition aspiration, propelling us toward our goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050,
“This collaboration underscores TNB’s unwavering dedication to fostering environmental sustainability,” said Baharin Din, President and Chief Executive Officer of TNB.

He further emphasized that this MoU establishes a framework for the exploration of inventive solutions and cutting-edge technologies aimed at achieving cost-effective green hydrogen production in Malaysia while addressing the associated challenges.

It is noted that under the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR), hydrogen and ammonia co-firing is recognized as one of the flagship projects and TNB is selected as a champion to lead its deployment, in collaboration with Petronas, as part of the national decarbonization initiative.

This underpins the need to analyze the techno-economics aspects of hydrogen cofiring as well as balancing the security and affordability of energy produced from hydrogen co-fired power plants.

The partnership with Siemens Energy will also empower TNB to delve into and enhance its capabilities in specifying, procuring, building, operating, maintaining, and overseeing the contractual and financial aspects of hydrogen production and its application for co-firing in thermal power plants.

Additionally, the MoU facilitates the exchange of knowledge and technology transfer, enabling TNB to bolster its internal competencies and maintain a leading position in the field of hydrogen-related production and utilization technologies.

The collaboration with Siemens Energy will also foster international cooperation and solidify TNB’s standing as a leading player in the global energy transition toward sustainable and carbon-neutral practices in the energy sector.

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