Keppel Data Centres Holdings is partnering with four industry partners to explore the usage of liquified hydrogen (LH2) to power its data centres in Singapore.

The company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Linde Gas Singapore, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Vopak LNG Holding to jointly explore the concept development of an LH2 supply infrastructure for the data centres.

The firms will jointly study the technical and commercial viability of a LH2 supply chain, including the feasibility of having a production and liquefaction plant and export terminal at the exporting country, transportation via ocean-going tankers, as well as an import terminal, storage units and regasification facilities in Singapore.

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The study is expected to conclude by the end of 2021, with the firms to decided on any potential next phase of collaboration at that juncture.

According to the joint media release issued by the firms on May 12, the LH2 supply infrastructure is expected to benefit data centre facilities such as the floating data centre park project in Singapore that Keppel Data Centres is currently pursuing.

The firms state that LH2 combustion does not emit carbon dioxide and occupies 800 times less volume compared to its gaseous state, allowing for more compact and efficient storage and transportation. 

Wong Wai Meng, CEO of Keppel Data Centres, says the MOU is in line with the company’s efforts to decarbonise operations. “We are actively tapping the capabilities of the Keppel Group as well as working with industry partners to explore a range of green solutions such as hydrogen, floating data centres and CCUS (carbon capture, utilisation and sequestration) technologies,” he says.

As at 10.43am, shares in Keppel Corporation were up 1 cent or 0.19% higher at $5.32.