Southeast Asia's First Solar-Hydrogen 5G Tower
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Solarvest, Huawei, CENTEXS-led intiiative also stands as the largest solar system ever deployed in Sarawak.

Here’s an article posted in Solar Quarter that talks about Southeast Asia’s first 5G tower powered by solar-hydrogen innovation.

According to the article,

  • Solarvest, Huawei, and CENTEXS built Southeast Asia’s first 5G tower powered by a solar-hydrogen microgrid testbed system in Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • The initiative aims to develop the clean energy industry in the Borneo region.
  • The initiative aligns with the Sarawak Government’s vision to transform the state into a major player in the hydrogen economy by 2027.

The solar-hydrogen microgrid testbed offers several potential benefits:

  1. Scalability and Cost-Effectiveness:
    • The system is designed to be scalable and cost-effective, which can lead to widespread adoption and reduced costs for green hydrogen production.
  2. Renewable Energy Integration:
    • The integration of solar energy with green hydrogen production promotes the use of renewable energy sources, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and mitigating climate change.
  3. Grid Stability and Power Quality:
    • The hybrid operation of the system ensures stable power supply and high power quality, which is essential for reliable telecommunication services and other critical infrastructure.
  4. Training and Talent Development:
    • The testbed is developed and operated by a team of Sarawakian talents trained in the CENTEXS Green Energy Lab, fostering local talent development and upskilling in the clean energy field.
  5. Green Hydrogen Production and Storage:
    • The system generates green hydrogen through electrolysis, which can be stored and utilized to power various applications, including transportation and industrial processes.
  6. Rural Electrification and Development:
    • The system can be deployed in rural areas to provide reliable and sustainable electricity, enhancing the quality of life and economic opportunities for local communities.
  7. Support for the Hydrogen Economy:
    • The testbed aligns with Sarawak’s vision to become a major player in the hydrogen economy by 2027, supporting the development of a regional green energy powerhouse.
  8. Innovation and Research:
    • The system serves as a platform for research and innovation, exploring various use cases for green hydrogen adoption and advancing the understanding of solar and battery energy storage systems in green hydrogen production.

These benefits highlight the significance of the solar-hydrogen microgrid testbed in promoting sustainable energy solutions and driving the growth of the clean energy industry in Sarawak and the region.

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