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Old August 20th, 2011, 09:02 AM   #61
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EU firms keen to bring green technology to Malaysia despite crisis
By LIZ LEE Saturday August 20, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...&if_height=496



From left: Ambassador and head of the EU delegation to Malaysia Vincent
Piket, David Jones and Siemens president and CEO Prakash Chandran at the briefing.


KUALA LUMPUR: Despite being plagued by sovereign debt crisis, European companies are forging ahead with green technology business opportunities in Malaysia.

European-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EUMCCI) chairman David Jones said that European companies were keen on working with local companies, seeing the potential in the relatively young green industry here because of the favourable regulatory framework.

“The companies are not at all affected by the crisis. There is a strong interest to come into Malaysia and we are also surprised at the response,” he said at a briefing yesterday.

He added that Malaysia was European Union's (EU) second biggest trading partner within Asean, with bilateral trade in goods reaching 31.9 billion euros in 2010.

“With the introduction of new green policies by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry, there is a good chance that we can strengthen bilateral trade in terms of systems, products and technology transfers,” Jones said.

The interest was reflected in the participation of European companies at the International GreenTech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM).

There will be about 40 companies from nine European countries exhibiting in the IGEM this year, making EU the single-largest exhibitor.

There were 35 exhibitors from EU when the event was first held last year.

“As the euro decreases in value, clearly companies will become more competitive. They see Malaysia as a potential growth market and they want to participate in that growth,” he said.

When asked whether Malaysia was a stepping stone for the EU to tap into the green technology sector in Asean, Jones said: “If that does happen, then Malaysia really should take the leadership in green technology and become the gateway to the rest of Asean, rather than let it be another country”.
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Malaysia to bank on solar and biomass
Monday August 22, 2011
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KOTA KINABALU: The best bet for Malaysia to reduce greenhouse gas emission lies in the use of solar and biomass, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

This was based on the studies undertaken thus far, he said.

However, he acknowledged that the commercialisation of such technologies might not happen any time soon.

“Much work still needs to be done,” he said at the 28th anniversary celebration of the Rotary Club of Likas Bay on Saturday.

Ongkili said there was a need for more awareness and education programmes to change the attitude of consumers and industry.

“This may be an area best handled by NGOs. This is where I feel smaller initiatives taken at the community level with the support of NGOs are easier to implement and, in the long run, have a more meaningful impact,” he said.

Ongkili said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced Malaysia’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emission intensity by 40% by 2020 at the UN Climate Change Conference in 2009 in Copenhagen.

He said this commitment was made on the understanding that developed nations were willing to provide the necessary transfer of low emission technology as well as access to international finance.

At the same time, he said the Government was investing in the necessary research and development to develop the country’s homegrown science and technology to support the reduction commitment.

Ongkili said his ministry had actively channelled funding for research and development in energy efficiency and the development of renewable sources of energy. — Bernama
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Sun rises on solar technology in Malaysia
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2011/08/22
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...19002/Article/

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, which has become an investment magnet for global solar panel manufacturers, is expected to see its latest addition tomorrow.

A US-based company, which will ink a deal with Senai High-Tech Park Sdn Bhd, is expanding its operations in this part of the world, and Malaysia serves as an ideal location.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the new investor and Senai High-Tech Park, the developer of the high technology park located within Iskandar Malaysia.

The park management, however, has declined to disclose details of this latest investment.

First Solar and SunPower of the US and Q-Cells of Germany are among the significant investors in the solar technology industry.

Solar technology is a major growth opportunity for Malaysia, with the energy technology industry enjoying a 20 per cent annual growth rate.

With its aim to become the world's third-largest solar photovoltaic cell producer, Malaysia's investment package has also attracted Tokuyama, Osram, Fuji, Rohm-Wako and Nichia over the past three years.

Senai Hi Tech Park, which is the second high technology industrial park after the successful Kulim park, has already attracted large foreign firms that have been aggressively pursuing technology-related businesses. It is located near the Senai airport.

So far, the park has attracted investments in semiconductor, solar, advanced material industries and nanotechnology to the tune of RM3 billion.

Senai High-Tech Park Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Senai Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd, under the MMC Group of Companies.

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Pelaburan RM1.7b industri suria
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Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin (kiri) bertukar-tukar dokumen memorandum
persefahaman dengan Isabel Kow sambil disaksikan oleh Mustapa
Mohamed (tengah) di Kuala Lumpur, semalam.


KUALA LUMPUR 12 Feb. – Senai High Tech Park Sdn. Bhd. (SHTP) berjaya menarik pelaburan pertamanya daripada dua buah syarikat, termasuk sebuah syarikat asing dari China, berjumlah lebih RM1.7 bilion dalam industri suria dan berteknologi tinggi.

Dua buah syarikat yang membuat pelaburan itu adalah EQ Solar Technology International Sdn. Bhd. (EQ Solar) dari China dan MOX Linde Gases Sdn. Bhd. (MOX-Linde) merupakan syarikat tempatan.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif SHTP, Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin berkata, EQ Solar membuat pelaburan AS$500 juta (RM1.7 bilion) dalam tempoh tiga tahun manakala MOX-Linde sebanyak RM60 juta.

Katanya, EQ Solar menghasilkan mono crystalline dan polycrystalline solar modules di kawasan seluas 10 hektar (25 ekar) manakala MOX Linde menyalurkan gas perindustrian secara terus kepada para penyewa di SHTP di kawasan seluas dua hektar (lima ekar).

“Kami berharap lebih ramai pelabur datang membuat pelaburan pada tahun ini bagi merangsang pertumbuhan SHTP,’’ katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri majlis menandatangani memorandum persefahaman (MoU) SHTP dengan EQ Solar dan MOX Linde.

Majlis tersebut disaksikan oleh Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Hadir pada majlis tersebut ialah Pengerusi SHTP, Datuk Mohd. Sidik Shaik Osman, Presiden EQ Solar, Isabel Kow dan Pengarah Urusan MOX-Linde, Wong Siew Yap.

Ahmad Shukri menambah, SHTP dijangka menjadi pusat pelaburan berteknologi tinggi yang mempunyai potensi lebih baik berbanding Taman Teknologi Tinggi Kulim (KHTP) di Kedah.

Katanya, ini kerana SHTP berada di lokasi yang strategik iaitu berdekatan dengan Singapura selain berada di kedudukan kemudahan pengangkutan yang ideal.

“Kedudukan SHTP amat baik kerana berdekatan dengan Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Senai dan juga Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas,’’ ujarnya.

Sementara itu, Kow berkata, Malaysia merupakan cawangan pertama EQ Solar di luar ibu pejabatnya di China.

Pihaknya memilih Malaysia berikutan kedudukan yang strategik dan menjadi pintu masuk kepada pelabur dari Asia Barat, tambah beliau.

‘’Berikutan potensi itu, kami turut mempunyai perancangan untuk disenaraikan di Bursa Malaysia dalam tempoh dua hingga tiga tahun lagi,’’ ujarnya.
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Malaysia's solar charge
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2011/08/24
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Putrajaya: Malaysia continues to reinforce its reputation as a solar industry hub with US-based Solexel Inc pledging to invest RM2.8 billion to build a photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturing plant in Senai Hi-Tech Park in Johor.

As at June this year, the total solar energy investments totalled RM15.8 billion, involving various businesses that are due to create about 14,300 jobs.

"The emergence of these major companies has spurred the solar value chain, providing opportuni-ties as well as a catalyst to others to start operations in Malaysia," said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.

Mukhriz said Solexel's investment follows that of global PV players in the country.

First Solar from the US and Q-Cells from Germany have already started to export their products, while others like Sun Power in Malacca has just begun operations.

Malaysia has approved 23 such projects and 19 are already in production or active planning.

The companies make anything from silicon PV, solar wafers, and cells, to modules and panels that are used to generate electricity from sunlight.

The revenue forecast for the 23 companies over the next three years amounts to RM10 billion.

The Senai plant, the first for Solexel outside its base in California, will have a capacity of more than one gigawatt of solar PV cells per year.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Senai Hi-Tech Park yesterday for the facility, which will be developed on a 40ha site.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who witnessed the ceremony, said Solexel's investment will include research and development.

It will also attract and build a local supply chain for chemicals used in complex high-technology solar and semiconductor manufacturing.

Solexel president and chief executive Michael Wingert said construction will start in 2012, and the plant will provide jobs for more than 2,300 people.

The plant, which production expected to be underway in 2014, may generate export revenue of more than RM3 billion per year.

"Solexel is keen to contribute to the development of a domestic market for solar PV modules to address Malaysia's growing need for clean, renewable power."

The company has decided on Senai Hi-Tech Park because of its proximity to a sea port and airport as well as the availability of land for infrastructure.

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The largest silicon solar manufacturing factory in the world is to use a high-efficiency reverse- osmosis (HERO) ultra-pure water treatment system supplied by GE. SunPower Corp selected GE to supply the new SunPower-AUO joint-venture solar-cell fabrication plant in Malaysia.
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Senai Hi-Tech Park nation’s key driver for hi-tech manufacturing — Najib
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PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the Senai Hi-Tech Park in Johor has been identified as the nation’s key driver for high-technology manufacturing and research and development.

He said the park, the second Hi-Tech Park after the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, would complement the government’s vision to transform Malaysia into an advanced nation, with technological innovations, creative industry and value-added initiatives.

Both the parks would further spur the national economy and create huge job opportunities for Malaysians, he said.

“Realising the importance of the Senai Hi-Tech Park to the nation’s well-being, the government approved the project to be implemented by way of Public-Private Partnership.

“I am pleased to learn that it has made great progress since I launched the project last year,” said Najib when speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Senai Hi-Tech Park Sdn Bhd and Solexel (M) Sdn Bhd, an innovative solar PV module manufacturer based in Milpatas, California here yesterday.

The MoU was signed by Senai Hi-Tech Park chief executive officer Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin and Solexel president and CEO Michael Wingert.

The MoU is to set up a manufacturing facility for the production of crystalline silicon solar cell in collaboration with the Senai Hi-Tech Park on a 100-acre site at the Iskandar Industrial Zone Phase 1.

Najib said Solexel, a California-based company, would invest RM2.8 billion in the next five years and would provide 2,300 jobs.

The solar cell project is one of the technology sectors that the government is highly promoting at the moment to encourage green and renewable energy industry in the country that will form the foundation for future green energy policy for the country, Najib said.

The government has been very successful in bringing in foreign direct investments (FDIs) in hi-tech projects with the creation of the Kulim Hi-Tech Park, he said.

“(Similarly) I hope the Senai Hi-Tech Park, strategically located in south Johor, will also play a significant role in nation-building,” he added. — Bernama

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Wingert (left) presenting a souvenir to Najib.
With them are Mukhriz (second from left) and Abdul Ghani.


PUTRAJAYA: Silicon Valley-based solar photovoltaic (PV) cell manufacturer Solexel Inc plans to invest RM2.8bil over the next five years in a plant in Senai Hi-Tech Park, Iskandar Malaysia.

The facility would be built on a 100-acre site and would have a targeted production capacity of 1GW of solar PV cells a year, said Solexel president and chief executive Michael Wingert.

“The plant is expected to generate export revenue of more than RM3bil per year and we are keen to contribute to the development of a domestic market for solar PV cells,” he said at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Solexel Malaysia and Senai High Tech Park Sdn Bhd (SHTP) yesterday.

Construction will start in the first quarter next year and the plant is scheduled to begin production at the end of 2013. Its output will be exported mainly to Europe and the United States.

Wingert said this would be Solexel's first overseas venture. It will operate in Malaysia via wholly-owned subsidiary Solexel (M) Sdn Bhd.

“We have reviewed a number of locations in Malaysia and decided on Senai Hi-Tech Park because of its proximity to a significant sea port and airport, as well as the availability of additional land for the construction of a supply infrastructure to Solexel,” Wingert said.

At full capacity, the plant will employ 2,300 people.

“Through our spending, job creations and transfer of know-how, we expect to strongly boost Malaysia's high-technology and clean energy economy,” he added.

SHTP chief executive Datuk Ahmad Shukri Tajuddin said Solexel's investment would “provide huge economic multiplier effects to the whole of Iskandar Malaysia region”.

The MoU signing was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

Mukhriz said many solar PV cell manufacturers had set up plants in Malaysia, opening up opportunities for foreign and local investors to develop a solar cluster.

“Some of the manufacturers in Kulim Hi-Tech Park and Selangor Science Park II have even started exporting their thin-film solar cells,” he said.

“The Solexel venture will be a major boost for the economy and proves that our efforts to attract foreign direct investments, especially in the solar industry, continues to bear fruit,” he added.

Mukhriz said that as at June this year, the total investments approved for solar PV industry were RM15.8bil, of which RM1.1bil came from domestic investors.

“Revenues for the companies in the industry are forecast to be RM10bil for the next three years,” he said.

The industry now has 23 approved projects, of which 19 are in active planning.

Mukhriz added that Johor was turning out to be the state with the highest number of investments this year.

From January to June, Johor attracted investments totalling RM4.52bil, excluding oil and gas as well as the Solexel investment.
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UPM and Chinese firm develop more efficient CPV solar panels
2011/08/25
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SERDANG: Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in collaboration with Chinese firm, Sichuan Zhonghan Solar Electric Power Co Ltd, today launched a project to cooperate in developing solar energy using the Concentration Photovoltaic (CPV) technology.

UPM Vice-Chancellor, Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi said the pilot project would be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the CPV system besides
determining the most suitable system for the weather condition in this country.

"The project is an initiative by UPM to research into alternative energy sources to raise the efficiency and cost effective capacity of the CPV

technology system on a commercial scale and to develop the two-megawatt 'Peak Solar Power Production Plant'.

"It is also in line with UPM's commitment to ensure sustainability of the campus greenery and efficiency in energy usage in campus," he told reporters at the launching ceremony, here today, officiated by the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water, Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Dr Radin Umar said under the cooperation, Zhonghan would send and install 10

sets of the solar system comprising six sets of reflective CPV system with tracking device and four sets of flat Photovoltaic (PV) system of which, two would also be installed with the tracking system. -- Bernama
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GE, GreenTech in green initiative pact
Published: 2011/09/09
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General Electric International Inc (GE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Malaysian Green Technology Corp (GreenTech), a government agency under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, to collaborate on green initiatives of strategic interests in Malaysia.

Regional managing director of business development, GE Asean, Rahul Gupta, said under the MOU, GE and GreenTech would endeavour to cooperate and explore the feasibility of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and framework for
private, public and commercial application.

"We will work towards developing the blueprint for an EV infrastructure framework in Malaysia," he said at the signing of the MOU here today.

The signing of the MOU was held in conjunction with the second annual International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia 2011 (IGEM), which is held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Sept 7-9.

GE is showcasing its flagship "Sustainable Cities" concept at the IGEM. Rahul said the initiative would entail joint lobbying to raise public and government awareness on the EV framework, as well as running EV pilot tests in several locations across Malaysia and working with GE's partners and stakeholders with regards to this effort.

"We believe that a strategic collaboration is beneficial for both parties as we work towards the development and promotion of green technology and services in Malaysia, in transforming the country into a green technology hub," he said.

GE and GreenTech, he said, would also collaborate on public awareness campaigns to promote green technology and sustainability initiatives.

Chief executive officer of GreenTech Malaysia, Dr Nazily Mohd Noor, said the MOU would explore collaborations in projects involving the design, planning and implementation of a new government certification or standards for green technology development.

"The collaboration will also provide a platform for both parties to jointly influence policy formulation and regulatory framework through consultation and participation in relevant roundtablde discussions with the Malaysian government on the National Green Technology policy and related policy initiatives," he said. -- Bernama

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Tune Hotels to invest up to RM90m in green technology
By THOMAS HUONG Saturday September 10, 2011
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Green deal: (from left) Dean, Chin and Lankester at the signing.

PETALING JAYA: Tune Hotels intends to invest between RM60mil and RM90mil in cost-saving green technology for its 30 new hotels due to be opened next year in the United Kingdom, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, India and Malaysia.

The implementation of sustainable energy solutions for the budget hotel chain is via collaboration with General Electric International Inc (GE).

Tune Hotels chief executive officer Mark Lankester said that pending project studies, the estimated investments in green technology would range from RM2mil to RM3mil per hotel over the next two to three years.

“Our current operational hotels will also be upgraded further with green technology. These investments would be recovered through operational cost savings over a period of three to four years,” Lankester said yesterday after signing a memorandum of collaboration with GE Asean.

The signing was witnessed by Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin.

Lankester said the group aimed to further reduce its energy costs by 30% to 40% via green technology.

“It is a huge number when you have so many hotels across the world. This will allow us to pass the cost savings to our guests and provide better room rates.”

According to Lankester, Tune Hotels will be the first branded budget hotel chain in Asia to be certified to the standards of Malaysia's Green Building Index.

GE will assist Tune Hotels in reviewing, planning and designing properties by contributing its knowledge and expertise in the areas of low-cost operational “modeling,” sustainable development, cost-saving infrastructure, energy efficiency and green technology.

GE Asean chief executive officer Stuart Dean said the collaboration with Tune Hotels was the first such partnership with a major budget hotel chain for GE in this region.

“We have been working with a few five-star hotel chains on green technology. In addition to lighting and water systems, many hotels in the Asean region also use GE power generation equipment. Both the Hyatt hotels in Singapore and Jakarta use GE gas engines to provide back-up power.”
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Malaysia gets attention as solar panel exporter
Published: 2011/09/13
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Malaysia's position as the third largest solar panel exporter globally has attracted the attention of many foreign
manufacturers wanting to set up plants in the country.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said about six foreign manufacturers had established plants with several more to come.

"Currently, we have the Americans, Germans and Japanese. There are several foreign companies that are keen to invest here and we are still in the process of evaluating their proposals.

"With the positive environment in the industry, I think we might be able to catch up with the first and second solar panel exporters in the future," he told reporters after witnessing two agreement signing by AWC Bhd here today.

Mukhriz said corporate sectors in Brunei are so impressed with Malaysia's capacity to do solar panel fabrication and was very keen to bring this technology to their country.

"Brunei is also already looking into energy consumption. They think solar panel is the way to achieve that and we have the capability to help them achieve the target," he said.

The agreement signing is for the acquisition of 70 per cent stake in Resource Data Management Asia Sdn Bhd (RDM Asia) and a collaboration agreement, between RDM Asia and Resource Data Management Ltd (RDM Ltd) for the development, marketing and distribution of RDM's award-winning products in Malaysia and the
Asian region.

RDM Ltd, a green technology company based in Glasgow, Scotland, is a specialist in the design and manufacture of electronic control systems that provide world-class temperature management assurance and flexible building automation for a wide variety of industries.

Speaking at the signing, Mukhriz said the collaboration would provide AWC the edge to move ahead in the industry that required advanced technology to cut down operating costs via intelligent energy usage.

AWC Group chief executive and managing director Azmir Merican said the market for RDM products in Malaysia was estimated at RM100 million but the potential market in the Asian region was substantially higher.

"The growth here should be as good as how it has been in Europe, where RDM products are used extensively in the supermarket sector and in other industries as well," he added. -- Bernama
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 09:41 AM   #72
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Cypark teams up with LG Electronics in solar tech
Written by Joseph Chin of theedgemalaysia.com
Friday, 23 September 2011 12:45
http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/busin...olar-tech.html

KUALA LUMPUR: CypARK RESOURCES BHD [] is teaming up with LG Electronics to venture into solar TECHNOLOGY [], which includes collaborative solar projects within Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Cypark said on Friday, Sept 23 the initiative was to make Malaysia the centre for the solar business hub in the region, by tapping into LG’s long history in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Under the plan, Cypark and LG would undertake joint research & development in solar technologies particularly designed for the Southeast Asia’s tropical weather conditions. They would also undertake a study to set up a solar PV manufacturing plant in Malaysia, particularly in Negeri Sembilan.

Cypark said LG was its technology partner and the engineering, procurement and CONSTRUCTION [] contractor in the installation of its large solar farm project in Pajam, Negeri Sembilan.

"The collaboration will further strengthen Cypark's position as the leading Renewable Energy company in Malaysia,” said Cypark chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail in Pajam where Cypark and LG inked an memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the strategic partnership in solar technology.

Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Utama Mohamad Hasan, who witnessed the signing of the MoU, also launched the “Renewable Energy Development Policy Master Plan” to transform the state to be the leader in Malaysia’s renewable energy development.

The RE Policy Master Plan is to enable Negeri Sembilan help achieve the government’s target to reduce national carbon emission by 40% by 2020 and the National Energy Policies on renewable energy.

Also present at the signing of the MoU were LG Electronics vice president for solar worldwide C.S. Chung and HSBC Amanah Malaysia chief executive officer Rafe Haneef.

Cypark also received the land lease offer letter from the Negeri Sembilan Government which gives rights to a 21-year leasehold land title. The land is used to develop the 10 MW Integrated Pajam RE Park project.

Cypark also signed a RM75 million financing agreement with HSBC to finance the development of the Pajam Integrated RE Park.

Cypark's chief executive officer Daud Ahmad said securing the funds for the project reflected the bankability and viability of the project.

"We expect the implementation of the 8MW solar plant will be completed smoothly and operational by end of this year,” he said.
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Need to define 'green technology' clearly
Published: 2011/10/08
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THE newly announced duty exemption for franchise holders of electric vehicles and hybrid cars is a good initiative. However, such vehicles have a limited impact on cutting down carbon dioxide (CO2) emission.

Electric vehicles reduce exhaust pollution but do not help much to cut overall carbon emission. This is due to our high carbon emission in electricity generation and supply.

In Malaysia, electricity production efficiency is about 35 per cent. Each kiloWatthour releases 0.69 kg of CO2.

This electricity is converted to charge the battery of an electric car. If the efficiency of that electricity converter is only 60 per cent, the electric car's battery will be only 21 per cent efficient in the total use of electricity.

So, it wastes energy resources and emits more CO2 than direct combustion of fuel in an engine.

In many developed nations, energy efficiency is developed first and renewable energy (RE) is introduced after that.

Malaysia set up the Sustainable Energy Development Authority recently to govern small scale RE development. However, large-scale RE projects and research and development of RE are not governed by this agency. And there is a serious lack in energy efficiency.

There should be a clear definition, identification, standard, labelling and certification of what is green and otherwise. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a good tool to ensure this.

However, its adoption in Malaysia has been very slow due to lack of funding and database development. LCA will play a vital role in building Malaysia as a green technology hub.

* The writer is the president of Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (AWER)
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Bosch's activities in Malaysia catch eye of German solar firms
Published: 2011/10/08
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FRANKFURT: Germany's growing solar energy industry is closely watching the move by leading German technology group, Bosch, within Germany and in Malaysia.

Frankfurt-based industry sources say Bosch has also entered the photovoltaic inverter business segment and was aggressively pushing its production in a big way.

Malaysia, which has done pioneering work in the photovoltaic business, is seen as a launching pad for Bosch which already maintains a strong presence in Malaysia.

Bosch spokesperson Andreas Kempf recently told journalists that Bosch had established a subsidiary in January called Bosch Powertec specialising in inverters.

It has been active in the photovoltaic market since 2008. It has also acquired, completely or partially, Ersol Solar Energy, Aleo Solar and Johanna Solar.

Two months ago, Bosch opened its new photovoltaic centre in the German city of Arnstadt.

Bosch, which has manufacturing operations in France and Malaysia, will "close the last gap in the value chain" with the production of inverters, according to Kempf.

Germany's solar energy industry is also closely watching developments taking place in Malaysia's solar-technology industry.

"The tropical climate of Malaysia, blessed with a daily average of seven hours of sunshine, is ideal for producing solar-based electricity," says an official of the Hamburg-based German-Asia Pacific Business Council which promotes trade and business with the Asia Pacific region.

The German energy sector is eyeing the recent legislation that aims to push renewable energy industry and was closely watching the move by EQ Solar Technology International Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of China's Hangzhou Energy Solar Co Ltd, which planned to manufacture solar modules, cells and wafers at the Senai Hi-Tech Park in Johor.

"It is an interesting move, but we have to see where this will further lead to," Martin Peschachek, a German analyst for energy and commodities, said on the Malaysian situation, implicitly suggesting that EQ might be planning further projects as well.

EQ is said to be planning to invest some RM1.6 billion for the Senai project. - Bernama
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Masers Energy to invest RM30 bln to set up low carbon project in Malaysia
Posted on September 29, 2011, Thursday
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KUALA LUMPUR: Masers Energy Malaysia Sdn Bhd, wholly-owned by Masers Energy Inc, plans to set up a ‘Smart Grid’ low carbon project in Malaysia, with a US$30 billion investment over the next 10 years.

Its president Datuk Seri Suhaimi Abdul Rahman said that for a start, the company would set aside US$20 billion to build a 10 megawatt (MW) ‘smart grid city, carbon free city’ in Melaka as a pilot project.

“The city is poised to be one of the world’s most sustainable cities.

“The masterplan envisions a development that is zero-waste, carbon-free and carbon neutral, with solar power being the primary energy resource for powering Melaka,” he told reporters after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between Masers Energy Malaysia, Trina Solar Pte Ltd and Seagate Global Group.

Under the MoU, Masers would partner with Trina Solar and Seagate to deliver the low carbon project to Melaka and Malaysia.

Suhaimi said the 10MW solar farm in Melaka was expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 15,000 tonnes a year and is set to be the first cost-efficient solar farm in Malaysia.

“The new sustainable carbon-free city, which will cover nine square kilometres, will be primarily powered by solar energy and employ a broad range of innovative energy efficient technologies to be used for the smart grid city, ship to shore connections for carbon-free ports, and waste and water recycling.

“Customers will have options to choose the amount and type of power they use, how and when to use those energy resources efficiently,” he said.

Masers had also submitted a proposal to the government for the US$10 billion national smart grid initiative, namely ‘1Malaysia Carbon Free Nation, Smart Grid City 2030’.

“I’ve been made to understand this proposal has been taken up to the Unit Kerjasama Awam Swasta (UKAS) (Public Private Partnership Unit) in the Prime Minister’s Department,” Suhaimi said, adding that the proposal was to be finalised by year-end. — Bernama
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AWC plans solar power project
By Bilqis Bahari Published: 2011/09/14
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KUALA LUMPUR: AWC Bhd, an asset management company, is coming up with a one-megawatt solar power project in Malaysia.

Group chief executive cum managing director Azmir Merican Azmi Merican said the project will start by the end of this year.

He declined to elaborate on the project. "I can't really go into the details because it is still being worked out," he said.

Apart from facilities management, AWC designs and supplies automated pneumatic waste collection system (AWCS). It is also involved in renewable energy and green building services.

Meanwhile, AWC yesterday signed two agreements with Resource Data Management Asia Sdn Bhd (RDM Asia) and Resource Data Management Ltd (RDM Ltd) to enhance its capabilities as a pro-environment services provider.

The first agreement was to buy 70 per cent of RDM Asia. The second was a collaboration agreement, through RDM Asia, with a green technology company based in Glasgow, Resource Data Management Ltd (RDM Ltd) to develop, market, and distribute RDM Ltd's products in Malaysia and Asia.

RDM Ltd designs and manufactures electronic systems help to control building temperature, among others.

Azmir said the market for RDM products in Malaysia is estimated at RM100 million but the potential market in Asia is substantially higher.

"The growth here should be as good as how it has been in Europe where RDM products are used extensively in the supermarket sector and in other industries as well," he added.

RDM Asias potential customers would include the supermarkets, logistic firms, hospitals, food and beverages manufacturers, pharmacies, medical equipment manufacturers, and other buildings that require automated controls and monitoring.
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40pc KNM orders are renewable energy jobs
Published: 2011/10/12
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The award of a RM638 million engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of waste to energy plant in Sri Lanka, has lifted KNM Group's renewable energy jobs to more than 40 per cent of its order book.

OSK Research said the process equipment portion followed as the second biggest contributor to the total order book, at slightly below 40 per cent, while the balance comprised plant and technology as well as industrial services.

"We understand that the higher end process equipment portion still contributes about 60 per cent of the KNM order book, which should shield the company from competition coming from Korea in the mid-end category, and China in the lower end range," it added.

The research house has maintained a "buy" call and fair value of RM2.20 on KNM. -- Bernama
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Renewable energy tariff bidding to go online from Dec
By Ooi Tee Ching Published: 2011/10/18
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KUALA LUMPUR: Renewable energy (RE) producers will not automatically receive payment under the feed-in tariff (FiT) from December 2011.

Nevertheless, consumers in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, whose monthly electricity bills exceed RM77, will have to start paying an additional 1 per cent levy to subsidise RE producers from December 2011.

The FiT essentially guarantees RE producers a premium selling price over that generated from depleting and finite sources such as oil, gas and coal.

Power generated from sustainable sources that will benefit from FiT includes that of oil palm biomass, biogas, small hydro and solar.

Energy, Green Technology and Water minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said, "RE producers need to go online and bid for the RE quota and the relevant FiT rate.

"This is because the FiT rate differs for different RE technologies and installed capacities."

Chin said this is the first time a government agency is facilitating FiT bidding via the Internet.

"This is to ensure a transparent application process. The online FiT application system is available from December 2011," he told reporters after witnessing the signing of memorandum of understanding between Flexo-research Malaysia and Flexoresearch Thailand here yesterday.

RE producers have to apply for licence from Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) via http://seda.gov.my.

Chin said during the application for a FiT approval, an eligible producer will be required to submit the work plan for their RE installation/plant. Once the Feed-in-Approval is granted, Seda will closely monitor each RE installation/plant until commencement date is achieved.

This close monitoring is to prevent the applicant from monopolising the RE quota. This monitoring is important as once a FiT application has been approved, a portion of the RE fund will automatically be allocated to the approved applicant.

The minister said the RE quota is revised accordingly to take into account the reduced RE Fund availability.

To avoid any monopolisation of the RE quota, Chin said Seda's online system will track the RE installation/plant's milestones via the submitted work plan.

If any delays are detected, a notice will be sent to the applicant to request for an explanation for the delay. If the applicant fails to respond satisfactorily, then the application will be revoked.

When that happens, the fund committed to the applicant will be released, and this will return the allocated quota to the system.

"This is to prevent any abuse of the FiT system and to allow other interested parties to apply for the FiT," Chin added.

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Maybank starts US$500m clean energy fund
Published: 2011/11/15
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Maybank and Maybank MEACP Pte Ltd of Singapore have launched a US$500 million (RM1.568 billion) clean energy fund, which offers investors an opportunity to tap the growing interest in clean and renewable energy in Asia.

Maybank Investment Bank chief executive officer, Tengku Datuk Zafrul Tengku Aziz, said the ten-year private equity fund was targeted at global institutional investors with a minimum US$10 million investment.

"The fund will be invested in a diversified portfolio of clean energy projects in the Asia-Pacific focusing on China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos," he said.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony and launch of the fund here today, Zafrul said, the fund would prioritise power generation infrastructure projects using renewable sources.

He said to-date the fund has US$87.5 million, of which Maybank contributed US$50 million, Asia Development Bank US$20 million and International Finance Corp US$17.5 million.

Zafrul said the fund was dedicated for clean and energy projects in sectors such as wind, solar, geothermal, small hydro, biomass, bio fuels and energy efficiency.

"Through this fund Maybank is able to tap a sector with immense potential and attractive returns, while being a responsible corporate citizen in doing our part for the environment," he said.

The new fund will be co-managed by Maybank Ventures Sdn Bhd and Maybank MEACP Pte Ltd, a joint venture private equity fund manager set up by Maybank with private funds managers from Asia-Pacific and Middle East. - Bernama
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RM3bil power investment
First Solar’s plants in Kulim to produce 1.62GW solar panels
By LEONG HUNG YEE Wednesday November 16, 2011



Low on cost: P’ng says First Solar currentl y ran the lowest-cost plants
in the world, enabling it to produce affordable PV solar modules.


KULIM: First Solar Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which has invested RM2.9bil in its plants in Kulim expects to produce 1.62 GW of solar panels by year-end.

The wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based First Solar Inc, currently has six thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturing plants in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah.

First Solar Malaysia manging director P'ng Soo Hong said all its plants currently produced between 1.2 GW and 1.3 GW.

“Our fifth and sixth plant have commenced production in the first quarter of this year, adding eight production lines and taking the total to 24 lines now at all the plants. Each line is capable of an output delivery of 67.5 MW.

“All our plants are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he said at a briefing yesterday.

P'ng said the total production capacity in Kulim contributed some 70% to First Solar's total production capacity of 2,700 MW.

First Solar Malaysia started operation in Malaysia in 2007 with four manufacturing plants in Kulim.

“Kulim was selected because of the available qualified workforce, existing infrastructure and support from the local, state and federal government,” P'ng said.

He explained that the company invested an additional RM1.1bil to put up its fifth and sixth plants. (This is part of RM2.9bil).

As of September 2011, First Solar Malaysia has 3,400 associates working with the company.

“We will continue to focus on expanding our operations, specifically on our manufacturing operations, as the major production hub for First Solar and the benchmark model for our manufacturing operations globally,” P'ng said.

He pointed out that First Solar currently ran the lowest-cost plants in the world, enabling it to produce affordable PV solar modules.

The company's thin-film solar module manufacturing technology also allowed it to produce each module in just 2.5 hours, enabling First Solar to scale up production within a short time.

Meanwhile, First Solar Malaysia senior director of public affairs for Asia Pacific Ahmad Hadri Haris said, First Solar was committed to support the Government's efforts to develop the green energy industry.

“There is a lot of development potential in Malaysia with regard to the solar industry. For instance, the Renewable Energy Act 2011 and the proposed Feed-in-Tariff system provide incentives for the nation to invest in solar energy with satisfactory return on investments within a reasonable amount of time.”

To ensure that solar energy becomes even more affordable, Hadri said First Solar had implemented a cost reduction roadmap.

The roadmap includes improving on solar module efficiency, from the current 11.7% to 14.5%, which would ultimately result in a lower production cost, from 75 US cents currently to 52 US cents per watt by 2014.

P'ng said First Solar Malaysia had engaged more than 22 suppliers and directly contributed approximately RM3.45bil to the local economy.
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