Clean hydrogen feasibility to be explored for Singapore data centers

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Linde, STT Global Data Centres (STT GDC), and YTL have announced their intention to collaborate on a clean hydrogen energy proof-of-concept that will contribute to Singapore’s sustainability efforts.

Singapore’s power sector currently accounts for about 40 per cent of the country’s overall emissions. According to the latest Energy 2050 Committee report, commissioned by industry regulator Energy Market Authority, it is possible for the country’s power sector to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while still maintaining energy security and affordability. Under the Energy Reset pillar of the Singapore Green Plan 2030, the adoption of low-carbon alternatives such as clean hydrogen will be a key contributor to the energy transition. 

Through this partnership, Linde, STT GDC, and YTL will explore the feasibility of using clean hydrogen to power the data centre ecosystem in Singapore. Their Memorandum of Understanding marks a pivotal step towards enabling the use of low-carbon power through hydrogen for Singapore’s power and data centre sectors, complementing Singapore’s plans to import renewable electricity.

“Linde has a $2.5 billion hydrogen business today with more than 150 major hydrogen production plants globally. Our long-standing expertise and reliable technologies for hydrogen production, processing and supply will provide Singapore’s power sector with a competitive and effective decarbonisation pathway to create a more sustainable future for Singapore,” said Qian Wen-Bin, Linde’s Asia Pacific Head of Clean Hydrogen and Decarbonisation.

“As one of Singapore’s largest power generation companies, we are at the centre of the energy transition and are committed to exploring energy innovations and building the nation’s capabilities in alternative energy sources. At the same time, YTL PowerSeraya already has a synergistic partnership with our affiliate YTL Data Center to look into powering their data centres with green energy. This further places us in a good position to contribute towards a low-carbon data centre ecosystem, thereby aligning with our aim to build a more sustainable energy future,” said John Ng, CEO of YTL PowerSeraya.  

“Sustainability has always been a priority for STT GDC, especially in recent years where climate concerns have been more prevalent.  However, to really make an impact with decarbonisation, we need to tackle the issue at the source of the power ecosystem.  As one of the leading global data centre providers, we are delighted to spearhead this change with our partners and energy ecosystem. Together with industry leaders like Linde and YTL, we are confident that this will further our ESG commitment by allowing us to deliver sustainable clean energy to support data centre needs and the clean energy sector, and more importantly, help to strengthen Singapore’s foothold as a global sustainability hub,” said Bruno Lopez, President and Group Chief Executive Officer, ST Telemedia Global Data Centres.

Last year, STT GDC announced ESG strategy and commitment towards carbon-neutral data centre operations by 2030, and the use of renewable energy being key to the STT GDC Group’s sustainability ambitions. The Group had also participated in several green initiatives such as a pilot auction of carbon credits by Climate Impact Exchange and were recognised for its LEED Gold certified green data centres.

Under the YTL Group of Companies, YTL PowerSeraya aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 and a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, while YTL Data Center – which recently launched its first green data centre park in Malaysia – has an ambition to build sustainable data-driven ecosystems powered by renewable energy. Linde has also announced its goal to reduce GHG emissions by 35 per cent by 2035. 

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