Sirim plans to expand renewable energy technology


KUDAT: Sirim Bhd plans to expand its renewable energy technology to the level of large-scale commercialisation through the development of the first solar and wind hybrid farm in the country, as well as in Asia.

The plan is a follow-up to the result achieved via its latest pre-commercialisation venture, the application of wind technology system for energy generation and sustainable thin-film PV building and the renewable energy generation projects, launched yesterday.

Renewable Energy Research Centre general manager Mohd Fauzi Ismail said the solar farm project was still in the research and development stage, and that the success of the two projects had somewhat helped make it easier for data collection.

“The research on the hybrid farm project needs to be undertaken with greater care as it involves a higher cost compared with pioneer ventures.

“We need to consider, among them, accessibility to the project, logistics, a good location, compatible technology, the budget needed as well as a list of potential investors. I estimate that by the end of June 2014, the outcome of the full research for the project plan, can be published,” he said.

Fauzi described the hybrid farm project as not just benefiting the locals in Sabah but also the country.

He said the Sirim initiative was in line with Malaysia’s aspiration to reduce the intensity of carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40% by 2020, compared with 2005 levels, as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Sirim’s latest wind and solar renewable energy generation project can help organisations such as the Sustainable Energy Development Authority to introduce the “feed-in-tariff” to enhance the development of green energy, specifically from solar and wind sources.

According to Fauzi, the hybrid farm project was more efficient compared with other renewable energy sources, as it could generate solar and wind energy simultaneously on a larger scale and at a cost that was not burdensome.

“The project also has high future potential and prospects as energy demand is always increasing, in line the fast development pace of the country’s economy,” he said, adding that the project would be facilitated by the Government through the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry while Sirim would provide the technology as well as expertise.

“For the purpose of financing, we are seeking out potential investors keen on any venture capital to underwrite the cost involved,” he added. – Bernama

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