NanoMalaysia launched Initiative programme for renewable energy

NanoMalaysia Storage Technology Initiative (NESTI) has been launched in Malaysia today by minister of science, technology and innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba. Led by the ministry of science, technology and innovation (MOSTI) and with NanoMalaysia as the implementing agency, the programme will serve as a national-level platform aimed at developing and commercialising energy storage systems.

These will be used for electric mobility, excess grid, renewable energy and uninterrupted power supply for commercial and domestic use, covering areas like batteries, ultracapacitors, hydrogen storage, energy management systems and battery recycling.

“As the world embraces the urgent need to harvest and store renewable energy, the NESTI programme could not come at a better time. NanoMalaysia aims to steer the country to transition into a nation producing high technology energy storage components and systems for the aforementioned applications for both domestic consumption and export markets,” said Dr Rezal Khairi Ahmad, CEO of NanoMalaysia.

“This is where nanotechnology plays a critical role in providing the performance, reliability and overall efficiency boost,” he continued, adding that NESTI has the potential to promote the use of electric vehicle technology and position the country as a renowned exporter of EV components in the ASEAN region.

Rezal also said the programme is in line with Malaysia’s aspirations to become a high-tech and high-income nation by 2030 and will help the nation reach its 2050 carbon-neutral target. There are economic benefits too, with 6,000 high-value jobs said to be created within the next three years, while the direct impact of projects arising from the programme is set to be at a bare minimum of RM150 million, and that’s before considering the economic spillover effect.

At today’s launch event, NanoMalaysia also demonstrated its Hydrogen and Hybrid Energy Storage System (H2SS) with the HyPER, which is short for Hydrogen-Paired Electric Racecar. Built on a Caterham chassis, HyPER features an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, graphene-based ultracapacitors, a hydrogen fuel cell stack and a hydrogen generator.

Unlike other hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that have refillable hydrogen tanks to feed a fuel cell stack, HyPER produces hydrogen through a process called hydrolysis in its generator, which is then converted into electric current by the fuel cell to power the electric motor or charge the battery and ultracapacitors. The latter boasts a higher power density and can provide a fast discharge of electricity compared to lithium-ion batteries.

NanoMalaysia says HyPER and its H2SS technology has the potential to drive the Malaysian automotive and transportation sector towards a renewable energy industry, especially green hydrogen energy.

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