Collaboration looks at powering Singapore data centres with hydrogen

Article by Amanda Doyle

KEPPEL Data Centres and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Asia Pacific (MHI-AP) have signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate the use of hydrogen to power data centres in Singapore.

They will study how a data centre can be powered by a hydrogen tri-generation plant that produces heat, power, and cooling. The hydrogen would be produced with steam methane reforming and the plant would incorporate carbon capture and storage to make the process carbon neutral. This would allow an environmentally-friendly energy source, and the chilled water produced by the plant could be used to cool the data centre’s systems and facilities.

Wong Wai Meng, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Data Centres, said: “The exploration of hydrogen infrastructure is part of our strategy to work towards decarbonisation. We are happy to collaborate with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and tap on their vast experience and technology capabilities.” 

Yoshiyuki Hanasawa, Managing Director of MHI-AP, said: “Hydrogen will be a key energy carrier in the global effort towards decarbonisation. MHI has long-term expertise in hydrogen and remains focussed on providing reliable and innovative cross-industry solutions aimed at ensuring a smooth energy transition. With Singapore set to become a global data centre hub, we look forward to partnering with Keppel Data Centres to support Singapore in creating a sustainable energy future.”

Article by Amanda Doyle

Staff Reporter, The Chemical Engineer

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