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Panel discussion on Hydrogen for Singapore

Photo of the panel discussion with panellists and moderator

26 July 2023

SGInnovate and TUMCREATE hosted a great panel discussion on “Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of Hydrogen in Singapore's Decarbonisation Journey”

On its way to carbon neutrality, Singapore has to consider alternative options to cover its demand.
Electricity imports from other ASEAN countries are already reality today.

Alternative fuels will also play a major role [ndash] in particular for maritime and aviation.
Therefore, SGInnovate and TUMCREATE joined forces in hosting a panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities of hydrogen in Singapore.

Hosted at the office of SGInnovate, five excellent panellists kindly agreed to join the discussion:

  • Professor Harald Klein (Technical University of Munich, Chair of Plant and Process Engineering, and TUMCREATE)
  • Professor Markus Kraft (University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and CARES)
  • Mr Mak Wai Jun (Head of Business Development, Sydrogen)
  • Dr Steve Graville (Director of Business Development, Linde Singapore)
  • Mr Andre Oei, MBA (Director Energy Division, Ministry of Trade and Industry)

About 100 people attended the discussion in person, plus online participants.
I moderated the panel discussion.

The discussion focused on pertinent questions and challenges that Singapore is currently encountering when it comes to hydrogen and hydrogen-based energy carriers of the future.
Key insights gathered from the panel discussions include:

  • Various solutions for hydrogen production, such as grey, blue, and green hydrogen, are being actively pursued by the industry to cater to different market needs.
  • To ensure energy security, sustainability, and affordability, Singapore is diligently exploring and benchmarking different hydrogen carriers, including ammonia, liquefied hydrogen, and LOHCs, with the aim of determining the most practical and effective solution for the market. Simultaneous simulation and process design of new hydrogen plants are vital and integral steps in the ongoing studies to identify the most suitable hydrogen carrier.
  • There is quite a high concentration of hydrogen companies in Singapore, and a lot of research is done at academic institutions in the country as well. Hence, there will be definitely technology development in Singapore in the field of hydrogen.

In the following networking session, we had a fruitful exchange with people from the audience.
We look forward to further exchange and collaboration in this field.

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