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Scotland and Singapore join forces to promote hydrogen and fuel cell technology

17 Feb 2023 • 4 minute read

Find out how a new collaboration agreement will support Scotland and Singapore’s commercial interests and net zero goals.

The hydrogen industry associations for Scotland and Singapore have committed to work together to promote industry exchange and development, with benefits for joint commercial projects and climate goals.

Commercial opportunities that promote net zero targets

Scotland’s globally recognised expertise in hydrogen production and supply is poised to reach important new markets, as the hydrogen industry organisations for Scotland and Singapore form a new alliance that will strengthen their collaboration.

The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association of Singapore (HFCAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see the organisations work together to promote the development and use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology, as well as wider industry exchange and advancement.

The new partnership will stimulate joint hydrogen and fuel cell commercial projects in Scotland and Singapore, which will bring economic benefits and help both nations work toward their net zero emissions.

Exciting opportunities for collaboration and trade

The agreement was signed at an MoU ceremony in Singapore on Friday 17 February 2023, which was attended by Scottish Government Business Minister Ivan McKee during a week-long visit to South-East Asia.

Mr McKee's visit to Singapore was arranged by Scottish Development International (SDI)’s team of trade and investment specialists based in South-East Asia, with the goal of further enhancing trade and investment links between Scotland and the region.

A practical partnership to advance knowledge and technology

As well as supporting commercial interests in Scotland and Singapore, the collaboration will focus on sharing information and expertise to help the nations’ respective hydrogen industries develop and expand.

In particular, the SHFCA and HFCAS will seek to identify and overcome common technology barriers to the production, distribution, storage and use of hydrogen, with a view to expanding the potential applications of the technologies and encouraging their use.

The organisations will share best practice on hydrogen and fuel cell codes and regulations, and pool resources and experience through the exchange of white papers, case studies and reports.

The agreement also creates extensive opportunities for networking and communications through trade missions, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, webinars and meetings.

Working toward better low carbon technologies

Established in 2004, the SHFCA promotes and develops expertise in fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in Scotland. With more than 180 members from across industry, academia and the public sector, the organisation reflects the increasing role that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can play in the deployment of renewables and low carbon technologies to create a net zero energy system.

HFCAS plays a similar role in encouraging hydrogen and fuel cell development and deployment in Singapore. Since its formation in 2019, the HFCAS has promoted the use of hydrogen and fuel cells to help in Singapore’s decarbonisation efforts and move towards a greener energy mix for power generation, mobility and industrial applications.

Together, the organisations will create a collaborative environment that will support the hydrogen industries in both Scotland and Singapore, while also fostering technological advances with wider applications for the renewables industry more generally.

Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore, with Scotland's Business Minister Ivan McKee and Noel Chin, President of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association of Singapore 

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