Prof: Switch to alternative energy


  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Mar 2010

JOHOR BARU: The country should start using alternative energy or renewable energy resources to reduce dependency on fossil fuel, said Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Faculty of Biomedical and Health Science Engineering dean Prof Dr Abdul Halim Mohamed Yatim.

“The only way to go forward with clean and green energy is to open up the market by giving consumers choices,” he said.

Prof Abdul Halim, who won an award for Best of The Best at the Malaysia Technology 2010 exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur last month, said the problem of supplying electricity to users in the rural areas could be solved by using his invention – an energy storage system.

Alternative energy resources such as solar, fuel cell, photovoltaic, wind turbine and micro turbine generators could be connected together in a module forming a hybrid energy source.

Users and agricultural-related activities in the rural areas can benefit from the system to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel, he added.

The system can reduce the country’s dependence and use of current energy resources like oil, gas and coal which are fast depleting and also reduce cardon dioxide emission.

Prof Abdul Halim said the Government could also reduce the cost of supplying electricity to the rural areas by using the system which could be upgraded to industrial scale.

He is willing to work with interested parties to promote its use.

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