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Old January 28th, 2014, 07:12 AM   #141
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DRB-Hicom revs up to produce energy efficient vehicles
Posted on January 22, 2014, Wednesday
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Proton appears ready to join the fray to produce and compete in the energy
efficient vehicle (EEV) market, with a planned production of a hybrid model. — Bloomberg photo


KUCHING: DRB Hicom Bhd’s (DRB Hicom) subsidiary Proton appears ready to join the fray to produce and compete in the energy efficient vehicle (EEV) market, with a planned production of a hybrid model.

AmResearch Sdn Bhd (AmResearch) stated in its report that, “We are of the view that this will ensure that Proton does not lose out on the incentives under national automotive policy (NAP), particularly for the higher segments, while bracing itself for further liberalisation of the industry and an accompanying gradual decline in retail prices pursuant to the NAP.”

The research house noted apart from Lotus, its subsidiary Composite Technology Research Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTRM) will play a key part in its planned production of EEVs.

Group managing director Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil has said in a media report that composite materials would play a major role as they could reduce a vehicle’s weight by 20 per cent while maintaining the tensile strength.
He noted that “certain parts could be manufactured to reduce weight while still maintaining the rigidity of the body panels”.

CTRM currently derives about 90 per cent of its revenue from the manufacturing of aircraft composites at its plant in Batu Berendam, Malacca.

CTRM has an outstanding order book of RM5.68 billion, which would keep it busy until 2020, with Airbus and Boeing being its main customers.

DRB Hicom bought CTRM in November last year for RM298 million in a deal with the Ministry of Finance. Proton will continue to receive R&D grants from the government.
Currently, Proton is the only player that conducts R&D on a large scale in the country. It also has an R&D centre at its Lotus facility in the UK, which includes one of the biggest styling studios in the world.

In the meantime, it was also reported that Proton is slated to introduce its planned global small car – codenamed P2- 30A, the first complete new creation since the takeover by DRB-Hicom two years ago.

As long as it fulfills the fuel consumption requirements of the NAP, Proton would be able to garner incentives from the government.

It would produce circa 60,000 units per annum of the global small car in the initial stage. The Tanjung Malim plant’s capacity would be increased to 210,000 cars per annum.

Positively too, DRB-Hicom’s 34 per cent associate Honda Malaysia aims to be the number one hybrid hub in Asia-Oceania by 2016.

“Honda Malaysia last week launched the country’s first hybrid facility – a RM382 million second production line at its Pegoh plant in Malacca, which will assemble small models and hybrid vehicles for regional markets, including Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand,” the research house pointed out, while also highlighting that recently Honda Malaysia will double its production capacity to 100,000 units, producing some 400 units a day, as opposed to 200 units now.

“It targets sales of 76,000 units and 78,000 units for 2014 and 2015, respectively, vs 51, 546 units last year,” it explained.

Currently, Honda Malaysia assembles the City, Civic, CR-V, Accord and both the Jazz Petrol and Hybrid variants at the Pegoh plant. It is also targeting to enhance the localisation of the component parts to over 70 per cent in the near future from 30 per cent to 40 per cent currently.

Other than its associate stake in Honda Malaysia, DRB-Hicom itself also makes vehicles for VW and Mercedes- Benz – both of which could benefit from the NAP as well.

Additionally, DRB-Hicom’s unit Puspakom Sdn Bhd currently holds the concession to undertake mandatory inspections of commercial vehicles.

“As we have noted, it is expected to benefit from the proposal under the NAP that passenger vehicles be made to undergo inspections as well. The policy will initially make it a voluntary exercise before being made compulsory.”

DRB-Hicom holds an 81 per cent stake in Motosikal Dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas), while technology partner Kawasaki Heavy Industries holds the remaining 19 per cent stake. Modenas motorcycles are distributed by its wholly-owned subsidiary, Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS).

From the latest available data, Modenas’ FY13 sales volume fell 4 per cent to 56,291 units from 58,622 units in FY12.
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Ramping up solar energy’s capacity
By ZURAIMI ABDULLAH | 10 April 2014| last updated at 01:08AM
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SEDA INSUFFICIENT: 1MDB, TNB mulling over creation of Malaysia’s largest plant in Kedah, say sources

1MALAYSIA Development Bhd (1MDB) and Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) are in talks to jointly develop the country’s largest solar power plant, sources said.
They said 1MDB has proposed to build the plant with a 50-megawatt (MW) capacity in Kedah.

The plant, which could cost nearly RM1 billion, will also be the largest non-hydro renewable energy (RE) plant in Malaysia.

1MDB is expected to be the majority shareholder in the joint venture, the sources said, adding that the project would likely be the start of a larger expansion in domestic solar generation in the future.

“This potential 1MDB-TNB partnership is a first in the local solar energy segment, and perhaps the whole RE sector,” a source remarked.

Renewables are targeted to be a key component in the country’s energy mix, and the current Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) system is not likely to be sufficient to hit the national targets, the source added.

Malaysia wants RE to account for 2,080MW, or 11 per cent, of the total capacity mix by 2020.


To date, only 537.97MW of RE generation capacity has been approved, which is roughly only two per cent of the total targeted capacity mix.

“The Seda projections are not sufficient to hit these ambitious national targets by itself,” another source said.

The scale of the 1MDB-TNB proposal is “too large” for open bidding, the source said, dismissing the notion that the project would crowd out TNB and other smaller solar power players.

The Seda Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) bidding system only allows for a maximum of up to 30MW RE projects and currently, only up to 1MW for solar.

The sources said renewables are expensive and infrastructure-heavy, making it difficult for the private sector to get started in a big way.

Therefore, a partnership between government-owned entity like 1MDB and national utility TNB is reasonable to kick-start a large-scale renewable programme.

“The 1MDB-TNB solar project is much larger and therefore had to be proposed outside of the Seda bidding system. There is no other company that had proposed a solar project of this size previously,” the source noted.

It is learnt that 1MDB has proposed a rate of between 40 sen and 46 sen per kiloWatt hour (kWh), which will make it the lowest price for any solar-generated electricity in Malaysia.

The current Seda rate is 61.2 sen per kWh.

The price for electricity generated from the proposed solar plant will be fixed for 25 years, the sources said, adding that as the plant is not affected by gas or coal price fluctuations, its price will not rise throughout its lifespan.

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Old April 15th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #144
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1MDB, TNB seal solar deal
15 April 2014| last updated at 01:08AM
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BRIGHT PROSPECTS: National utility to buy power generated from 50MW plant for up to 25 years

1MALAYSIA Development Bhd (1MDB) has sealed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) in relation to a mega solar power project in Kedah.

This officially confirmed that 1MDB has secured the job to build the 50-megawatt (MW) solar plant, the biggest of its kind in Malaysia and the largest non-hydro renewable energy plant domestically.

TNB, in a brief statement yesterday, said it will buy power generated from the plant for up to 25 years.

It did not disclose other details, such as the PPA rate, exact plant location or whether TNB will own a stake in the venture.

Those details are expected to be revealedBarack Obama to Malaysia later this month.

It is understood that this is partly because the technology provider for the proposed power plant is a US-based company.

But Business Times learnt that TNB will likely have a minority stake in 1MDB Solar Sdn Bhd, which will undertake the project that is expected to cost around RM1 billion.

Business Times had last week reported that 1MDB and TNB were in talks to jointly develop the country’s largest solar power plant, which could be the start of a larger expansion in domestic solar generation.

The scale of the project is “too large” for open bidding, hence, it was based on direct negotiations between 1MDB and the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, withboth the Energy Commission and the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) playing a smaller role.

The Seda Feed-in-Tariff bidding system only allows up to 30MW for renewable energy projects and up to 1MW for solar.

In a separate statement to Bursa Malaysia yesterday, TNB said the PPA provides that 1MDB Solar will design, build, own, operate and maintain a solar photovoltaic energy (solar PV)-generating facility with a 50MW alternate current (MWac) in Kedah.

“The PPA is in relation to the pilot project for the 50MWac solar PV, which forms part of the initiative to support the national agenda for the development of renewable energy in Malaysia,” it added.

It was reported that 1MDB has proposed a rate of between 40 sen and 46 sen per kiloWatt hour (kWh), which will make it the lowest price for any solar-generated electricity in Malaysia.

The current Seda rate is 61.2 sen per kWh.

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Fitters ties up with German firm for renewable energy
Posted on September 16, 2014, Tuesday
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KUCHING: FITTERS Diversified Berhad (Fitters) yesterday saw its wholly-owned subsidiary Future NRG Sdn Bhd (FNRG) sign a Heads of Agreement with German-based AHT Services GmbH (AHT) to further re-engineer existing technology for generation of clean renewable energy from biomass gasification to suit the South East Asian region.

The agreement will see FNRG and AHT set up a new JV company, AHT NRG Sdn Bhd with a total paid-up capital of RM1 million, in which FNRG and AHT hold 70 per cent and 30 per cent stakes respectively. The JV company will be jointly operated and managed by both parties.

In addition, both FNRG and AHT will commit to the sharing of the re-engineered technology and knowledge in relation to biomass gasification and cleaning. The JV company is targeting to market its technology to the South East Asian region at an affordable cost without compromise on its technicalities.

Datuk Richard Wong, managing director of Fitters said, “Our tie-up with AHT will effectively accelerate our renewable energy expansion plans. We will work closely with AHT not only in re-engineering the existing technology, but also in deploying our solutions in the region, as we set sights to be a leading player in the renewable energy sector.

“Our biomass-gas generators will be able to treat and convert biomass wastes like empty fruit bunches (EFB) briquettes, palm kernel shells (PKS) and wood chips into renewable and clean energy source. This is a proven technology in many countries such as Europe, Japan, India and Indonesia; and is a good replacement for diesel powered generators.”

The agreement will also see the JV company purchasing three biomass-gas generators from AHT for RM14 million.

The three generators are expected to be deployed in the first quarter of 2015, in Sabah and Peninsula Malaysia. Once operational, the generators are capable of generating up to 1.2 megawatt of energy that will be provided to existing end-users using diesel generators or to the national grid under the feed-in-tariff scheme.

The RM14 million investment for the biomass-gas generators will be funded by the initial share capital and internally generated funds, bank borrowings and potential grants from the Malaysian government.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Masers Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Masers Energy) will be investing US$1 billion or RM3.3 billion to roll out two mega projects early next year, creating 24 million jobs over the next 10 years.

In a statement today, it said the projects are in three locations -- the Melaka Green Special Economic Zone, the National Smart Grid City in Iskandar Malaysia in Johor, and Kuala Lumpur.

Masers Energy is wholly-owned by Masers Energy Inc with headquarters in the United States and Europe.

"Masers Energy is confident the project will be backed by government sovereign guarantee of US$30 billion or RM99 billion to finance both projects integrating digital Smart Grid City technology and using energy efficiency as the fifth fuel in Malaysia to reduce the carbon footprint and to develop a sustainable zero carbon environment," it said.-- Bernama
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Building on the future
Monday, 15 February 2016
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One of the staff checking the solar panel installation.

A budding engineer switches his focus to clean technology and makes the leap towards becoming a successful solar energy service provider, reports LIM WING HOOI.

GOING into a business which entrepreneurs are passionate about makes for a more interesting journey, and co-founder Ko Chuan Zhen of Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd can certainly attest to this.

A firm believer in education paving the way for students to explore various topics on the world they live in, Ko, being a science stream student himself, believes that many students select the course because they are good in mathematics, or some science related subjects like physics.

However, Ko, 32,who is also the executive director of the solar energy service provider, humbly admits that he was quite lost after that until he built on his knowledge of the potential of solar energy.

“As part of my final year project research for my degree in electrical engineering, I wrote on how to exhaust the heat out from a car parked under the hot sun with an off-line solar powered ventilation system,” he told SMEBiz.

It would have been quite a sight to see him working on the project, in which he dismantled his father’s Proton Iswara.

Duct tape was seen everywhere, keeping the wiring and sensors in place as he removed the rear speakers to be fitted with ventilator fans and attached solar panels on the car roof.



One of the company’s project sites in Cyberjaya.

“My engineering degree’s final year project kick-started my interest and passion in solar technology. And with my internship at the National Taiwan University of Technology (NTUST), it enlightened me on global trend in solar energy. I made a decision to develop my career in the future opportunity of clean technology industry when I turned 23,” Ko said.

Upon graduating in 2008, he looked for employment with a Japanese multinational company as a solar engineer.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work on building solar farms and solar power plants in various countries, from South Africa to Australia,” Ko said.

After three years, he worked with a Germany company who wanted to expand its solar business in Malaysia and he started off a sales manager.

But his job scope went beyond sales as he soon became “employee No 1” and ended up doing what most entrepreneurs have to go through – setting up a company.

“I had to look into the renovation of the office right down to hiring the staff,” Ko said.

Looking back, Ko feels it was a good learning experience.



Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd’s co-founder and executive director Ko Chuan Zhen with his co-founder and project director Ryan Oh Zhi Kang.

Not content with being just an employee as he felt he could use his expertise in the Malaysian market where solar energy was relatively new then, he toyed with the idea of forming a solar energy consultancy.

He formed Leaf Energy Sdn Bhd in 2011 with his schoolmate Ryan Oh Zhi Kang and and Poh Tyng Huei, both 32, with just RM100,000 capital, pooled from all their savings.

The office was set up in Seri Kembangan with another founding member, Simon Wong, 30.

“As a consultant, we made sure our clients’ interest was protected, and we also advised contractors on the engineering designs while monitoring every aspect of the installation,” Ko explained.

After a track record of five clients in the first year, they went on to establish Plus Solar Systems Sdn Bhd (+SOLAR), a turnkey solar service provider, whereby they provided a one-stop service, from sourcing for the materials (mainly consisting of solar panels), providing engineering and financial solutions to commissioning, cancelling the need for clients to have multiple contractors in a project.

Still operating from the same office in Seri Kembangan, today +Solar has a staff force that has grown from two to 25.

+Solar, which recently won the The Star Outstanding Business Awards 2015 (SOBA) Rising Star award, has to-date about 300 clients with projects ranging from construction of solar power plants to residential projects.



Ko inspecting the mounting of solar panels on roof tiles.

The total power generated for these clients is 27MWp (Mega Watt peak, a solar power measure in photo-voltaic industry), which is equivalent to 6,750 residential home solar systems in Malaysia, accounting for 10% of the total solar energy in the country.

The only difference from just being a consultancy is that now, they have to watch their cash flow very carefully as they need money to procure materials and clients don’t always pay on time.

One of the key challenges in the industry is the dependence on limited quota via the Feed in Tariffs (FiT) scheme in which solar power clients can sell the energy generated (measured in kWp or kilowatts peak) via the solar panels back to Tenaga Nasional, the national electricity provider.

However, Ko sees a silver lining in the upcoming Net Energy Metering (NEM) policy, which allows for more building owners to instal their own solar system for self-consumption while saving on their electricity bill consumption.

He added that the company gets to enjoy tax savings from Malaysian Investment Development Authority’s (MIDA) Green Investment Tax Allowance (GITA) scheme.

“As solar energy is relatively new, having such a scheme is a good encouragement as clients can recoup their investments within a shorter period.”

The company handles various types of projects, ranging from RM35,000 for a residential project to RM9mil for a solar power plant.



Some of the solar panels that the company keeps stock in its office in Seri Kembangan.

With the FiT, NEM and MIDA’s tax incentive, clients can recoup their investments in about seven years.

“There are also clients who didn’t apply for the FiT quota, but installed solar systems anyway to meet the Green Building Index (GBI) requirement, or for self-consumption to save on their monthly electricity bill and company tax,” Ko said.

But, these are rare occasions so Ko is not overly concerned. Based on good service, reliability and customer satisfaction, he thinks people will eventually use solar power as the main power source among the various sources of renewable energy such as wind, biogas, biomass and others.

Optimistic about the future, Ko added that as the price of electricity rises, it will be eventually more cost effective for users to generate their own electricity with affordable solar power, bearing in mind especially how solar panel prices have dropped more than 85% since 2008.

The next leap would be to work with battery storage companies to provide clients with the capability to store the energy which can then be used at a later time.

“We want to create the next energy revolution and change the way people consume electricity, from traditional energy into clean energy,” he said, adding that they would are also looking into being a solar farm operator in the future.

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Initial startup capital: RM100,000
Projects: From RM35,000 for a residential project to RM9mil for a solar power plant
Number of staff: 25
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Liow: Aviation sector doing more to cut carbon footprint
Monday, 15 February 2016



PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is stepping up its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint in the aviation sector, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

He said environmental sustainability and stronger collaboration with the European Union (EU) were among the key discussion points raised by Malaysia at the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) 2016, which he had attended yesterday.

“Malaysia has pledged its support for this effort, while ensuring that the measures are in line with our national policy on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

“This is in line with the proposal by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to address the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions via the Global Market-Based Measures (GMBM) by international aviation participants,” he said in a statement.

To this end, Liow said Malaysia would be participating in the upcoming Global Aviation Dia*logues, slated in March, to further deliberate the concept and application of the draft policy.

He noted that the initiatives under the GMBM include aircraft technologies, operational improvements, a GMBM scheme and sustainable alternative fuels that provide environmental benefits within the aviation sector.

He said international cooperation was vital to ensure continuous progress for our civil aviation sector.

Liow said during the summit, Malaysia expressed its commitment to fully explore and support the Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement (CATA) between the EU and Asean.

The agreement was aimed at strengthening Asean-EU cooperation on civil aviation, with the aim to promote air travel between the two regions and enhance aviation safety and security, he said.

“Given that Malaysia is one of the leading players in Asean’s growing aviation sector, which will subsequently contribute to the economic growth of the region, we hope the agreement will be finalised soon as it is expected to bring about economic benefits to the country and Asean,” he said.

During a forum with ICAO council president Dr Olumuyiwa Ber*nard Aliu, Liow said: “Malaysia continues to support efforts and mea*sures put forth by the ICAO as it strives to constantly improve the standards of civil aviation globally.”
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Regarding on solar energy in Malaysia, do your average malaysian knows that Malaysia is actually the third biggest solar panel producer in the world? We're so big that the US is uneasy that Malaysian PV industries will jeopardize theirs in their own soil.

This is my concern when we sign TPPA (since I'm somewhat involved in the industry). I tried asking the question during the TPPA talks, but I don't get the answer that I want.
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Regarding on solar energy in Malaysia, do your average malaysian knows that Malaysia is actually the third biggest solar panel producer in the world? We're so big that the US is uneasy that Malaysian PV industries will jeopardize theirs in their own soil. This is my concern when we sign TPPA (since I'm somewhat involved in the industry). I tried asking the question during the TPPA talks, but I don't get the answer that I want.
Yup I know that Malaysia is one of the biggest. But I don't get the reason why Malaysia is able to produce such amount? Can u share it.

About, the TPPA part, or it could be the other way around, more US companies will invest their solar technology here and contribute for higher production. Well but this is just a thought with no support.
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Yup I know that Malaysia is one of the biggest. But I don't get the reason why Malaysia is able to produce such amount? Can u share it.

About, the TPPA part, or it could be the other way around, more US companies will invest their solar technology here and contribute for higher production. Well but this is just a thought with no support.
Between pool of skilled workers and professionals,aggressive push by both Kedah and Sarawak gomen to one up Selangor as manufacturing hub, excellent infrastructure, cheap elecfricity and tax holidays (also since the US and EU now enforce anti dumping law on chinese-made stuff),Malaysia has become an attractive place for solar panel manufacturer.

There are US solar panel companies in Malaysia. what I'm worrying about is that we would lose our competitive edge since they see our tax holiday incentive as anti-competition move. They could pressure us to,uh, "align" our tradecregulation to comply with theirs and this would scare the chinese to invest more in Malaysia
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Sabah’s biomass devt blueprint to promote use of tech set for KL launch

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah and Sarawak biomass development blueprint to promote the use of technology will be launched in Kuala Lumpur next Tuesday, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan.
The programme under the National Innovation Agency of Malaysia will be officiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, said Tan who is also the Industrial Development Minister.
“This is one of the biggest programmes in the State to be undertaken by POIC Lahad Datu to convert our plantations’ waste into products as Sabah produced 30 million tonnes of biomass annually and this is accumulative,” said Tan during the Sabah Gerakan Chinese New Year open house at a hotel here yesterday.
The biotechnology economy was launched by the Prime Minister in 2010 to attract investments to both Sabah and Sarawak, he added.
“We need to bring in technology to develop our manufacturing sector as all this while, we are just selling our commodities such as crude palm oil, timber, rubber and oil & gas,” said Tan.
And when the commodity market is not doing well, our national and State income will be affected, he said.
The only way to turn this around is to build the manufacturing sector through the application of technology such as the Sabah Ammonia Urea (SAMUR) project in Sipitang where the Chief Minister will be visiting next week Friday.
“The plant is ready for production to turn natural gas into urea fertiliser and Petronas will become the biggest supplier of urea in Southeast Asia and of course, with State interest,” said Tan.
“One plant is not enough – that is why in the State Assembly sitting, I announced we need another plant in Sipitang, but the people don’t understand until they see the first one.
“So I want to promote good and honest politics whether from Barisan Nasional or opposition,” said Tan.
He also disclosed that Suria Capital will embark on the development to expand the Sepanggar Port next year so that the goods produced in Sabah can be exported.
“So there should be no more talks about the cabotage as I have visited the Federation of Sabah Industries and happy to hear from them that they will not be saying anything more about the policy except that our stand is how to liberalise the export activities in Sabah,” said Tan.
The cabotage is an act of law and this is not a policy for Sabah, so we need to go to Parliament if we want to abolish it, he said.
However, Tan said he had spoken to the Transport Minister to take up the responsibility to make sure the export from Sabah will increase especially from the biomass activities.
In order to spur the State’s economy, Tan said he welcomed any kind of positive ideas and suggestions from all quarters including from the opposition.
“I want to remind you we cannot remain in a position of business as usual, because by doing so we will have difficulties to achieve our target to advance our economy and become a high-income nation by 2020.
“We must be active to develop all our products and it is time for us to work together,” Tan said.
On the RM2 billion additional investment from Linear Technology Corporation (a US-company in Penang) as announced by International Trade & Industry Minister Datuk Sri Mustapha Mohamed, Tan said the Penang government should say ‘thank you’.
“If Penang doesn’t want the investment from US, it can give it to Sabah,” said Tan.
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‘Segregate food waste, convert refuse to eco- friendly fertilisers’


HEALTH OF PLANTS … Yahya (centre) impressed with vegetables grown using organic fertilisers produced by Glomus Sdn Bhd.
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KOTA KINABALU: Business owners, restaurants and hotels have been urged to segregate their food waste which can be utilised by organic waste processing factories to convert recycle kitchen scraps, leftover food into valuable fertilisers that is safe for the environment.

“The growing amount of organic refuse generated by municipalities is an opportunity not to be wasted, but it is essential that organic waste is properly segregated into different containers at its source before they can be processed into quality, eco-friendly fertilisers,” said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Yahya Hussin.

Leveraging on cutting-edge biotech in recycling organic waste into fertiliser, a waste processing facility in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) has the capability of processing large volumes of organic waste by utilising Biomax patented enzyme-based technology to break down waste and convert them into organic fertiliser.

“Households should also begin separating food waste from non-organics such as plastics, glass and metal, the organic scraps can be delivered to these facilities which convert them into organic fertilisers for the agriculture sector,” said Yahya during his visit to the waste processing factory operated by Glomus Ecology Sdn Bhd.

Furthermore, he recommends delivering food scraps and other organic waste to the facility which provides an innovative strategy for managing organic waste effectively by converting them into valuable and useful organic fertilisers for the agriculture sector.

“The essential ingredient to this technology is the use of enzymes which break down waste at an accelerated rate, assisted by the Biomax digestor which provides temperature, aeration and mixing capabilities for waste and enzymes, whereby the process just takes about 24 hours,” said Head of Glomus Research and Development Dr. C.M. Puah.

Apart from the ability of Biomax technology in processing waste, he said the result from the process is an organic fertiliser which retains a high nutritional level and 70 per cent of organic matter and an effective and safer alternative to chemical-based fertilisers.

“The end product is a complete, eco-friendly organic fertiliser that is biodegradable, and free from threats of toxic runoffs, neutralises the soil, reduces soil crusting, aids plant growth and productivity,” said Dr C.M Puah. The organic fertiliser is suitable for landscaping, home garden and commercial farming.

Due to growing demand for organic fertiliser products, Director of Sales and Marketing of Glomus Ecology Sdn Bhd, Julian Micket Niun said the company is looking to expand operations with a bigger organic waste processing facility to produce 12,000 metric tonnes of organic fertilisers yearly.

Yahya, who is also Agriculture and Food Industries Minister highlighted the company can be utilised as a channel for disposing unwanted food and other organic waste efficiently given the fact they offer the service and readily accept waste to be processed into organic fertilisers.

“Organic fertilisers are highly recommended as they improve productivity, enhance quality, and improves overall health of plants,” he said and urged farmers to choose eco-friendly products that are safer for the environment.

First established in 2010, Glomus Ecology Sdn Bhd is the first organic waste processing factory in Sabah which uses green technology to provide a modern and cost-efficient in producing and sale of organic fertilisers.
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Sabah, S'wak biomass plan

Putra Jaya: PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) on Thursday launched the Sabah and Sarawak Biomass Industry Development Plan, which he described as a major milestone in Malaysia's bid to become South East Asia's premier biomass processing hub.
"In order to be a contender as the premier biomass processing hub in South East Asia, Sabah and Sarawak would have to play an instrumental role," he said, pointing out that combined, the two states account for more than 50 per cent of biomass resources in Malaysia.
"If we could convert these biomass resources to higher value products such as biofuels and biochemicals, it can create a pathway for further downstream processing into products such as bioplastics," he said at the launch of the plan here.
Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Mah Siew Keong, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah representing Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, and Assistant Minister in the Sarawak Chief Minister's Office Datuk Len Talif Salleh representing Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the state-level biomass development plans are the fruits of close collaboration between the federal and state governments in formulating specific biomass opportunities that are unique to individual states.
"Both state governments are adopting a progressive vision and taking concrete measures to maximise their biomass potential, so that industry can co-develop a competitive regional biomass value chain and eco-system," he said.
Najib said the Sabah and Sarawak state governments and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) would establish a local task force to implement their respective biomass action plan.
Under the plan, he said, Sabah could create RM3.2 billion in additional Gross National Income (GNI), RM13.5 billion in new investment opportunities and 25,000 new jobs leveraging on the 4.8 million dry tonnes of its biomass feedstock from the oil palm sector.
Biomass development in Sabah would focus on three main clusters namely Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Tawau, he said.
For Sarawak, he said, the biomass industry development could generate an additional RM4.8 billion in GNI, create 30,000 new jobs and RM18 billion in investment opportunities for the state throughout the value chain, utilising around six million dry tonnes of its biomass resources.
The key biomass clusters in Sarawak would be Bintulu, Miri, Tanjung Manis and Kuching, he said.
Najib said the development of the biomass industry could help the country reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and increase its ability to weather global economic uncertainties while contributing positively towards Malaysia's march to become a high-income nation by 2020.
He said Malaysia's biomass sector had added nearly 7,000 jobs through new ventures since 2010.
"The sector can add a significant number of new high value jobs when some of the biofuel and biochemical projects start commercial-scale production in the next three years," he said.
Since 2011, Najib said, Malaysia has made notable leaps in attractiveness as one of the region's preferred biomass investment locations.
He cited a recent independent benchmarking study conducted on global biomass economies, which ranked Malaysia number one in the South East Asia region due to vast improvements in infrastructure and strong holistic government support for the biomass industry from 2010 to 2015.
In 2014, a total of 12 biomass projects amounting to RM82.9 billion were approved compared with 11 projects worth RM54.6 million in 2013, he said.
"While most approved projects to date have been bioenergy-related, the increase in the on-going development of higher value added biomass projects such as biofuels and biochemicals are testaments that Malaysia is moving in the right direction," he said.
Meanwhile, Adenan, in his speech read by Len Talif, said Sarawak would integrate biomass as a new promoted industry under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) guided by a detailed roadmap and an action plan.
"Sarawak can host 10 biofuel or biochemical plants in various stages of development, mobilising six out of the 19 million dry tonnes of biomass in Bintulu, Miri, Tanjung Manis and Kuching in the next 10 to 15 years," he said.
Musa, in his speech read by Tan, said Sabah's Ministry of Industrial Development would be spearheading the realisation of the Sabah and Sarawak Biomass Industry Development Plan.
"For the first time, we can say with certainty that some serious biomass investments are coming into Sabah, and one or two of them should start some time this year," he said.


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Govt looking to approve solar PV with RM1.7b investment
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 | MYT 6:44 PM
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government is looking to approve several more solar photovoltaic (PV) companies with a total estimated investment of RM1.7 billion this year.

"We will announce it when the time comes," Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) Deputy Chief Executive Officer Datuk Phang Ah Tong said in a media conference at the PV CellTech Conference 2016 here on Wednesday.

Solar PV is a method for converting energy from sunlight directly into electricity using large arrays of solar panels.

Earlier, Phang said one solar PV company, with a total investment of RM1 billion, has been approved so far this year.

"Malaysia's stategic position in the industry is now attracting global solar PV module manufacturers," he said, adding the country's PV cluster ecosystem comprises about 250 companies from upstream manufacturing to downstream services, including module supply chain, supporting industries and system integrators.

Phang pointed out that the PV industry is growing as the country has been diversifying its electricity generation mix and shifting to solar PV.

"Malaysia also expects to have installed about 1,250 MW of solar PV by 2020 from the current 230 MW following two mechanisms approved by the government namely net metering and utility scale solar.

"With support from the government, we are optimistic the target is achievable with these two mechanisms in place," he said.

Phang also said that solar energy now has become a popular approach to renewable energy usage as it is the easiest, compared with biomass, biogas and hydropower.

"Malaysia is now the world's third largest manufacturer of PV cells, with the industry contributing significantly to economic growth and job creation," he said, citing International Energy Agency data.

Malaysia also has the world's largest thin manufacturing site and is one of the top exporters of solar panels to the US, he noted.

"Five out of 10 of the world 's largest solar companies are operating in Malaysia with the PV industry recording revenue of RM20.8 billion last year," Phang said.- Bernama
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Taiwanese firm sees Malaysia as pioneer in solar panel industry
21st June, 2016

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NEW YORK: A Taiwanese solar panel company recognises Malaysia’s pioneering work in the solar panel sector and has expressed an interest to enter into cooperation with a reliable Malaysian partner.

Motech Industries Inc, which is located in Tainan City, started in 1981 as a testing and measurement instruments designer and manufacturer but evolved into a full-service global solar company.

The company has its own research and development operations as well as manufacturing facilities for solar products and services, ranging from photovoltaic (PV), silicon wafers, PV cells and PV modules to PV power systems.

The company, which had an annual revenue of US$756 million in 2015 and claims to be the largest merchant PV cells manufacturer in the world with a 3.3 Gigawatt (GW) production capacity, has maintained commercial ties with Malaysian producers of solar panels even though Malaysians do not make solar cells needed for the solar panel end product.

“Malaysia is a strong and emerging site for international companies dealing in solar panels, produces some of the components in solar panels, and also has a small production facility for solar cells.

“Malaysia imports solar cells from Taiwan and China which are the largest producers of solar cells. Demand for solar panels is much higher. Aluminium frames and glass are also needed, some of which can be sourced in Malaysia itself.

“In Malaysia, solar panels are mostly assembled though the country is also gradually moving towards manufacturing the full product.

But Malaysia, thanks to its early involvement in the solar panel business, has become an important partner in the solar supply and value chain,” Peng Heng Chang, Motech’s chairman and CEO, said in an interview with Bernama on Friday in New York.

Chang said his company’s major markets are the United States, China, Japan, Europe, India and Southeast Asia. “Southeast Asian markets, particularly Indonesia and Malaysia, are promising for us. The regional demand is increasing. We have no collaboration yet with a Malaysian partner, but we are open to looking into any form of cooperation with a local (Malaysian) company.

“We already have a collaboration with an Indonesian partner, and would also consider collaboration with a Malaysian partner. There are two other big Taiwanese companies that have formed joint ventures in Malaysia with Malaysian partners.

“Yes, we would also be interested in collaborating with a Malaysian company, but we are keen to find a good and reliable partner,” Chang said.

Chang said global supply of solar panels amounts to 90GW with demand at about 70GW.

“However, many of the solar panel plants are old and need to be upgraded and modernised, and will have to be replaced, thus generating further demand,” Chang said.

He said Western suppliers have their strengths in supplying equipment needed for the manufacture of these products while Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, has a better qualified and cost-effective labour force. “I see demand in Malaysia and Indonesia for solar cells is growing. Solar panels have become attractive, particularly for the smaller islands in Malaysia and Indonesia.

“Solar panels are suitable for the islands because of their detached location from each other,” he noted. The solar panel industry in Malaysia, Chang said, is characterised by the pioneering prowess displayed by Malaysian companies which work closely with the country’s research institutions.

In particular, the innovation and technological level in Malaysia is high, even though Malaysia’s focus so far has been on assembly. However, this is changing and Malaysia is making its own solar cells for the panels.

“The synergies emerging from cooperation between Taiwanese and Malaysian companies can be very beneficial to both sides, given Malaysia’s strong base in electronics and semi-conductors, and Taiwan’s abundant availability of qualified industry experts.

“This combination can build up a strong base for partnership in the solar panel business,” Chang said. Chang is part of a visiting Taiwan business and trade delegation led by Kuo-Hsin Liang, the chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, the island republic’s trade promotion agency.

The delegation, which is also visiting Washington, DC to participate in the Investment Summit being organised by the U.S. Commerce Department, includes heavyweight corporate players such as AAEON Technology, Aerospace Industrial Development Corp, Fair Friend Group, Formosa Plastics Group, Formostar Garment Co, KENDA Rubber Industrial Co, Kinpo Electronics Inc and TEX-RAY Industrial Co.

The delegation also includes high-ranking officials representing the Bureau of Foreign Trade in Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.
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Malaysia in talks to move startup of B10 biodiesel programme to July
June 21, 2016, Tuesday

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is in talks with oil companies about moving the start of its B10 biodiesel mandate to July, a month later from an earlier plan to begin the programme in June, aiming to complete full implementation of the new standard by August.

This takes into account time needed for oil companies to reset blending ratios and procure enough palm methyl ester (PME), said the ministry of plantation industries and commodities in an email reply to Reuters, referring to the bio component of biodiesel that comes from palm oil.

Malaysia, the world’s second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia, had earlier said it would raise Malaysia’s biodiesel mandate to 10 percent for the transport sector and to seven per cent for the industrial sector beginning in June. Related Quotes

The new standard would raise the minimum bio content of biodiesel from the current seven per cent, taking up more palm oil supplies and supporting local prices.

Blending to the new standards is expected to consume 709,000 tonnes of palm oil annually versus estimates of 500,000 tonnes used under the current biodiesel mandate.

“The implementation of both B10 and B7 programmes requires coordination and cooperation from all petroleum companies, including Petronas, Shell, Chevron, Petron and BHP,” said the ministry in its e-mail.

State-owned Petronas, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron, Petron and BHP are responsible for blending diesel with PME at 35 blending depots throughout Malaysia, according to the ministry.

Current facilities at the depots are able to handle blending of up to 10 percent, the ministry said, as the infrastructure had been designed to take into account the upgrading of the biodiesel mandate.

“The petroleum companies only need to reset the blending ratios to B10 and B7 respectively,” the statement said.

Construction of the blending facilities was funded by the government through the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

Palm oil traders, plantation companies and analysts had earlier questioned the feasibility of the government’s B10 programme, citing low crude oil prices and weak implementation policies as barriers to the mandate’s effectiveness.

Malaysia has 18 biodiesel plants in operation with 2.3 million tonnes in annual capacity, the plantations and commodities ministry said.

The biodiesel programme will help stabilise palm oil prices, and the government will as well look for other strategies to support prices, such as accelerating re-planting activities, the ministry said.

Benchmark palm oil prices have lost more than seven per cent so far this month on weaker export demand and as output is forecast to see a seasonal rise over the next few months, contributing to higher stockpiles. — Reuters
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Huge potential for Sarawak to tap into by-products sector
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KUCHING: Given the rise of industrial development throughout the country, Sarawak has the potential to process by-products or industrial waste into raw materials for the construction sector.

NEVEK Consulting Ltd’s managing director Dr Keven Harlow said there are vast potential for by-products to be turned into inputs such as cement, concrete and steel structure for the development of the construction industry in the state .

“There are many opportunities for Sarawak to use by-products for construction for example (in the construction of) the Pan Borneo Highway. By-products have a wide range of construction and industrial usage.

“It can also be proccessed into raw materials such as structures for repairs and maintenance works and by-products for the steel industry,” he said during the Industrial By-Products management and business opportunities conference held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

He explained that the overall aim of by-product management is to transform scheduled waste to local resource which can be used for industrial development.

Harlow believed that with greater industrial development going on in the state especially at the Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) , there would be a large amount of scheduled waste to be generated.

For that, he urged industry players to add value to their waste disposal by either recycling them or turning them into by-products for the usage of other industries.

Subsequently, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Environment senior principal assistant director Zuraini Ahmad Tajudin said currently the management of scheduled waste in Malaysia has been implemented based on the ‘cradle to cradle’ principle, a concept of waste management to ensure materials can be reused or recovered at their highest possible value.

She said the approach of promoting the use of waste should be encouraged whenever possible as an alternative raw materials or alternative fuels to substitute raw materials, without compromising the quality of product and the risk exposure to human health and environment.

She observed that there had been rapid development of the industrial sector in Malaysia in the past few decades.

As a result of that, she explained that toxic and hazardous wastes termed as scheduled waste in Malaysia were generated and needs to be managed properly.

She also said Malaysia has embarked on the programme to control scheduled wastes especially from industries since 1989.

Earlier on, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani during his opening speech said the state government is aware of the requirement for a proper and systematic management of the industrial waste or by-products generated by industries especially at SIP.

He added the state government is developing an integrated waste management system for the secure and safe management of waste generated at SIP.

“The integrated waste management system will provide one-stop services for the management of all wastes generated in SIP, either for disposal, recovery or reuse.

“That includes a Waste Managment Centre of international standard to be located in Maskat, Bintulu, about 30 km from Samalaju.

“This initiative by the state government is in line with our policy to protect the environment of SIP to be in tandem with its concept of becoming a modern and green industrial park.

“This will also ensure that the development of the park is sustainable and attractive to investors as well as to the community residing in the park,” he said.

He noted that although there were possibilities to turn waste into business opportunities, the state government will not compromise the safety of the waste products to the environment as well as to users.

Meanwhile, Sarawak’s Natural Resources and Environment Board controller Peter Sawal concurred with Harlow and Zuraini that with more industrial development at SIP, there is a need for scheduled waste to be propertly managed.

At the same time, he also stressed the need to convert waste in particular scheduled waste into by-products and the need to have an integrated waste management system to create a cleaner environment for a healthy living.

Among those present at the conference were Deputy State Secretary in charge of Social Economic Transformation Datu Ismawi Ismuni, Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda) chief executive officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd Group’s managing director Datuk Richard Curtis as well as delegates of the conference from Malaysia and overseas.
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GLT the first green tech firm to raise fund through equity crowdfunding
June 22, 2016, Wednesday

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KUALA LUMPUR: Green Lagoon Technology Sdn Bhd (GLT) is the first green technology company in Asean looking to raise funds through an equity crowdfunding platform.

The move will help the palm oil mills manage their biogas emissions and wastewater to generate renewable income streams.

GLT, a one-stop solutions provider that turns palm oil mill effluent into renewable energy, specialises in biogas trapping, harvesting, storage, treatment and utilisation.

Its chief executive officer, Chan Sow Keong, said the company was offering a 6.5 per cent stake for the purpose of exercising its call options in two existing 1MW biogas plants in Pahang.

“Through these exercise options, we also plan to increase stake to 40 per cent from the current 20 per cent for the two biogas plants,” he told reporters after the launch of its equity crowdfunding offer on CrowdPlus.asia yesterday.

Chan said GLT also intended to promote green technology to a wider audience as there were tremendous commercial opportunities and through investments in the company, the investors could play their part in combating climate change.

He said the GLT eyed about 20 projects by 2020.

As of now, GLT had identified four projects, three plants in Pahang and one in Kedah, he said.

Going forward, Chan said, the company aimed to raise between RM300 million and RM400 million from its initial public offerings in Australia and London by the first quarter of 2018 and in Hong Kong early 2019.

“We have spoken to a few leads and we intend to capitalise on them,” he said, adding that he was confident the investors were ready to fund these types of projects. — Bernama
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The traders are also encouraged to sell used cooking oil to the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) to be turned into biodiesel.

Launching the project, MPS deputy president Juhari Ahmad said this sustainable Ramadan bazaar was a perfect example for traders in other Ramadan bazaars to emulate starting next year.

“We will give empty oil drums to about 20 traders to hold their used cooking oil and MPS will pay them 80sen per kg for the used cooking oil.

“The oil collected will then be sent to a contractor who will turn it into biodiesel,”
he said, adding that the state had allocated RM10,000 to MPS for the initiative.

Also present at the project’s launch was Gombak Setia assemblyman Hasbullah Mohd Ridzwan.

Juhari and Hasbullah presented apron, caps and biodegradable containers to 128 traders at the event.

Hasbullah said the message on using biodegradable items was clear and it would help reduce the impact on the environment.

“According to data, more than 500 billion plastic bags and polystyrene are used daily which end up in our landfills.

“Both plastic bags and polystyrene are not biodegradable and when burnt, they release toxic gasses that can cause cancer.

“When buried, its leachate can get into our water system causing serious health problems.’’
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