Biodiesel price must be controlled, says Kok

July 12, 2019

Deadline 2019-06-14, The Star:

The government has set up a committee – comprising four ministries – to come up with a mechanism to control the price of biodiesel containing 20% bio-content (B20) palm oil to boost domestic usage, says Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok.

The committee will comprise of her ministry, Finance, International Trade and Industry ministries and the Prime Minister’s Department, she said, adding that the matter was discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Wednes­day.

Kok said there is a concern the price of palm biodiesel will increase if it is widely used.

“Therefore, we have to come up with a set of regulations after discussions with the related agencies,” she said after speaking at a seminar on Biodiesel (B7) implementation in the Industry Sector at a hotel here yesterday.

Panel formed to stabilise CPO prices before B20 fuel rollout

July 11, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-13, FMT:

The federal government has formed a special joint committee to ensure that crude palm oil (CPO) prices will remain stable when Malaysia introduces B20 biodiesel fuel next year.

The joint committee is headed by the primary industries ministry and consists of the finance and international trade and industry ministries and the Prime Minister’s Department.

B20 biodiesel fuel is a blend of 20% palm methyl ester and 80% petroleum diesel.

Edra Power to establish institute to cultivate domestic talent in renewable energy

July 7, 2019

Nuclear and renewable.

Dateline 2019-06-09, Malay Mail:

Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd plans to set up an international institute in Malaysia to cultivate local talent in renewable energy under the aegis of its parent company, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN).

It will be one of eight such training institutes in CGN’s active exploration for international talent training methods to support its worldwide operations.


Sarawak launches Asean’s first integrated hydrogen production plant

July 4, 2019

Is this renewable energy?

Dateline 2019-05-27, Malay Mail:

Sarawak is poised to become a world exporter of hydrogen following the launch of Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station here today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said a potential overseas investor had shown interest in setting up a plant to produce hydrogen here and buy the product back to replace nuclear power in their country.

“I cannot reveal the details yet because negotiations are still on and there is a possibility of Sarawak becoming a world exporter of hydrogen that will give extra revenue to power our economy in the long run,” he told reporters after the launch of the plant and refuelling station being undertaken by Sarawak Energy, an energy development company, in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia.

Thermal power to remain most significant source in Malaysia during 2019-2030, says GlobalData

June 23, 2019

All dem heat from Parlimentary debates, then.

Dateline 2019-05-16, Investor Ideas:

Thermal power capacity in Malaysia is expected to show a significant growth of 5 GW during 2019-2030 in order to meet the increasing consumption, and non-hydro renewable power is estimated to follow with a 2.8 GW capacity addition during this period, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s latest report, ‘Malaysia Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 – Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape‘, reveals that due to an immature renewable power market and strong public resistance to the proposed adoption of nuclear power, the country will continue to embrace thermal power during 2019-2030 while also adding small amounts of renewable power capacity each year.

Harshavardhan Reddy Nagatham, Power Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Progressive economic reforms and a continuous increase in industrial activity are expected to boost economic progress in Malaysia, driving the country’s GDP at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.8% during the forecast period. In addition, increasing population will result in a significant increase in electricity consumption.”

Malaysia is a net importer of electricity. The country is primarily dependent on thermal resources for electricity generation and, although it possesses substantial fuel reserves, it faces the risk of declining energy security.



Malaysia can generate more electricity if all roofs use solar panels, says Yeo

June 22, 2019

Factually, Yes. Also, if we can harness all our cows to methane collection machines, we would have another gas source. And we need to reduce the cost of Solar PV panel installation to say, 3x normal roofing costs.

Now, if Malaysia can commercially produce cheaper, faster-charging, high energy density environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries, we are cooking with gas. Gravity/ pressure based energy storage facilities anyone?

Dateline 2019-05-14, The Star:

Malaysia can generate 1.4 times more electricity if all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, compared with the conventional electricity generation of fossil fuel burning.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said there are over 4.12 million buildings with solar rooftop potential in the peninsula.

If all these buildings are fitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, it can generate a whopping 34,194 megawatt (MW) of electricity at any one time, she said.

In comparison, the current total electricity production in Malaysia is an average of 24,000 MW at any one time.

Ocean waves an alternative source of power

June 16, 2019

Something to think off offshore? Less weight on topsides.

Dateline 2019-05-05, NST:

Ocean waves can be one of the mechanisms to create renewable energy besides using the solar photovoltaic (PV) panel.

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu school of ocean engineering Associate Professor Dr Mohd Zamri Ibrahim said the initiative by the government to use solar PV panels to create renewable energy and promote energy efficiency was a good move.

However, he said other natural resources could be used to produce alternative energy.

“Other alternatives that can be used to create renewable energy are wind turbines and ocean waves.

“Our country has yet to use natural resources such as ocean waves. It can be one of the mechanisms to create new energy.

“I hope the government will take up this idea so that they can reduce the cost of installing materials too,” he told the New Sunday Times.