Petronas eyes growth in local RE business

September 13, 2020

I’m pretty sure there is a sales tax on that.

Dateline 2020-07-21, The Malaysian Reserve:

PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) new energy business unit foresees growth in the local renewable energy (RE) market through NE Suria Satu Sdn Bhd (NESS), a joint-venture company between Petronas and NEFIN Group.

With Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as its first commercial customer, NESS will be providing a solar rooftop solution covering design, installation, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for selected Tesco stores nationwide.

The provision of the solar rooftop solution is now ongoing until 2040, after the signing of a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between NESS and Tesco, the largest commercial solar PPA of its kind in Malaysia.


Contract awarded for hydrogen-based microgrid project in Malaysia

June 21, 2020

Dateline 2020-06-04, H2 View:

Alternative energy company MBR Global has announced plans to integrate hydrogen fuel cells in its micro-grid project that will supply power to two remote villages in Malaysia.

For the project, MBRG has ordered FCM801 and FCM802 fuel cell modules from UK-based fuel cell company Intelligent Energy.

The fuel cell systems will provide 1.2kW and 2.5kW of power respectively, into a renewable energy based microgrid to supply backup power to a number of homes which are off grid.


Ministry to offer 1,000MW solar quota under LSS@MenTARI programme

June 18, 2020

Dateline 2020-05-28, The Edge:

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA) via the Energy Commission (EC) will open a competitive bidding process for Large Scale Solar (LSS) programme by Malaysia Electricity Industry to Attract Renewable Energy Investment (LSS@MenTARI) starting on May 31.

Its Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said under LSS@MenTARI, some 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar quota will be offered through the bidding process, and is open to fully-owned local companies or with at least 75 percent local shareholding for companies listed on Bursa Malaysia.


Malaysian senator builds solar-powered buggy while under home quarantine for COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Dateline 2020-04-13, Channel News Asia:

Stuck in a 14-day home quarantine, rural empowerment activist Adrian Banie Lasimbang decided to take advantage of the enforced isolation and come up with a working prototype of a solar-powered, electric buggy in the past two weeks.

The 43-year-old, who is also a senator from Sabah in the Dewan Negara (the Malaysian Parliament’s upper house), told CNA he was quarantined from Mar 23 till Apr 5 after coming into contact with a friend who later tested positive for COVID-19.


B20 is the better fuel

May 8, 2020

Yeah, B20 is good.

Dateline 2020-03-18, NST:

MALAYSIA launched its B20 (20 per cent palm methyl ester and 80 per cent petroleum diesel) programme for the transport sector recently.

For someone who has been in the palm oil industry for more than 30 years, I see this as a strategic move that could strengthen the industry. At the same time, it will contribute to the country’s effort to achieve its sustainable development goals, which call for the protection of the planet and people.

This is because scientific studies have proved that the use of biodiesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For Malaysia, it will bring down the emissions by 3.8 tonnes a year.


Crude oil’s crash jeopardises Asia’s cleaner fuel ambitions

April 25, 2020

Dateline 2020-03-10, FMT:

Shockwaves from the oil price crash have hammered Asia’s biofuels industry, upending optimism over its future.

Crude’s nosedive erases any chance of discretionary blending of palm oil with diesel and drastically inflates the cost of government mandates.

“These are unprecedented times,” said Alvin Tai, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

Biofuels, such as a blend of diesel with palm, need to be attractively priced compared with fossil fuels to encourage consumption, and that often requires subsidies.

The almost 25% plunge in Brent crude oil on Monday, therefore, made palm oil’s competitive position dramatically worse.


Crude oil’s crash jeopardises Asia’s cleaner fuel ambitions

April 23, 2020

Dateline 2020-03-10, FMT:

Shockwaves from the oil price crash have hammered Asia’s biofuels industry, upending optimism over its future.

Crude’s nosedive erases any chance of discretionary blending of palm oil with diesel and drastically inflates the cost of government mandates.

“These are unprecedented times,” said Alvin Tai, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence.

Biofuels, such as a blend of diesel with palm, need to be attractively priced compared with fossil fuels to encourage consumption, and that often requires subsidies.


Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste

March 21, 2020

Not renewable energy, but close enough. And we gotta shutdown the spigot, not catch the drops.

Dateline 2020-01-16, Energyworld:

Scooping waste from a Malaysian river to stop it reaching the sea, a solar-powered barge named the “Interceptor” is the latest weapon in a global battle to rid the world’s waters of plastic.

Trash is being dumped into seas and rivers in enormous quantities, polluting vital habitats, endangering a kaleidoscope of marine life and sullying once pristine tourist spots.

Some eight million tons of plastics enter the world’s oceans every year, from straws tossed into gutters to mismanaged waste from rapidly growing economies, according to US-based group Ocean Conservancy.


Seda strengthened renewable energy growth in 2019

March 7, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-04, Malay Mail:

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) Malaysia has approved a total of cumulative net energy metering (NEM) programme quota of 108MW as of November 2019.

Seda Malaysia chairman Wong Kah Woh said the total approved quota portrayed a positive growth of 7.8 times increment, to compare with the previous three years, which only stands at a 13.86MW take-up rate.

“This success is largely contributed by the newly improved NEM 2.0 programme,” he said in a press release on Seda Malaysia’s Report Card 2019.

Meanwhile, the cumulative NEM approved in 2019 was the highest at 94.14MW in 2019 as compared to 11.53MW in 2018, 2.33MW in 2017 and 0.01MW in 2016.


Govt aims for 20% renewable energy use by 2025

February 10, 2020

Vision 20/25 anyone?

Dateline 2019-12-14, The Sun:

Malaysia remains committed to addressing the climate change in line with the Paris Agreement and Climate Change Convention as the government is seeking to increase the country’s target of renewable energy generation to 20% by 2025.

The commitment was stated by Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Deputy Minister, Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (pix), who represented Malaysia at the High-Level Segment in the 25th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25), from Dec 10 to 12 in Madrid, Spain.

At the conference, Isnaraissah Munirah mentioned that Malaysia had developed policies, regulatory and financial ecosystems respectively, to foster a green economy and low-carbon sustainable development.