Green energy research

It is high time that we look into  renewable sources of energy. It is one way to cut carbon emission and also a way to conserve our environment. It will do our economy wonders too.

Green industries will be the future engine for economic growth, like what IT has done  the last 2 decades.

For Malaysia to move up to become a higher income country, perhaps we should give incentives for the research and setting up of green industries.

Among the most important of all green industries is perhaps harnessing renewable energy sources and store them as electricity for use.

In other words, we need to look into the production of electricity using renewable sources such as wind, solar energy and water. We need to develop technology to store these energy for use too.

One source of renewable energy that is gaining importance is the wind energy.

In May last year, when I drove around South Australia near Cape Jarvis, I saw so many wind turbines along the country road that I drove. In UK, off shores wind turbines are being installed to harness wind energy to produce electricity.

This is in Wikipedia:

At the end of 2008, worldwide nameplate capacity of wind-powered generators was 121.2 gigawatts(GW).[1], which is about 1.5% of worldwide electricity usage;[1][2] and is growing rapidly, having doubled in the three years between 2005 and 2008. Several countries have achieved relatively high levels of wind power penetration, such as 19% of stationary electricity production in Denmark, 11% in Spain and Portugal, and 7% in Germany and the Republic of Ireland in 2008. As of May 2009, eighty countries around the world are using wind power on a commercial basis.

Malaysia has plenty of sunshine and winds. Wind power is plentiful during the monsoon. We should channel our resources, following the examples of small nations such as Denmark , to develop alternative energy sources usnig wind turbines and developing better Solar panels for solar energy.

We should give incentives to companies to develop this alternative energy production. Maybe it is a good idea to let smaller companies spearhead this research and production. In any case, these companies should be allowed to sell their energy directly to consumers..

One disadvantage of wind energy is that the electricity generated is non-dispatchable, meaning that the energy cannot be turned on and off on demand.

This brings us to the subject of energy storage. This is one area which has vast potential , how to store energy and convert non dispatchable energy to dispatchable..

In hindsight, we should have used part of our petrol dollar to finance all these energy research, set up energy research centres, like how SIngapore set up their biotech research, and if necessary, use the petrol money to employ world class researchers to come and perhaps lure back some of our migrated fellow Malaysians to man these research centres.

Alas, we have missed the boat. But it is still not too late to use the petrol (or natural gas ) dollar to set up these centres..


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. klm
    Dec 21, 2009 @ 14:35:37

    Dr Hsu. Seemed survey was done on feasibility of using wind turbine in Malaysia. I was told the average wind speed here is to low to be feasible. Better bet is solar power.

    But on the other hand, with IPP licensing rules, this may be a problem.


  2. Adrian Yeo
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 06:33:01

    i read your posting with much interest. I would like to learn more from your research and can I suggest a meeting with you to discuss further on this?


    +6012-358xxxx (hp no blanko by editor to protect commentator)


  3. A true Malaysian
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 09:22:16

    For a start, we should encourage ourselves to cycling (not motor biking) again, to school, to market, or to work and so on.

    Town planners can play their part in looking into how to have bicycle lanes and bicycle stations which connect from major housing estates to KL and PJ.

    Cycling is a good exercise as well, good for our health and at the same time, help to reduce poison gases.

    In this way, we actually use solar energy, i.e. from the food that we consume.


  4. Dr Hsu
    Dec 22, 2009 @ 14:26:56

    Adrian Yeo
    I am game to meet up with you. I have noted your hand phone no, and thus I have deleted the hp no from your comment to protect you …

    I can meet you after Christmas maybe sometime next week?u can send me an email at my blog : ( .


  5. Mary
    Dec 23, 2009 @ 02:30:56

    As the most stable country to do business within Latin America, Chile is proving to be a launching ground for renewable energy. We look at the progress and requirements of investing in wind farms within the country.


  6. sosong
    Dec 24, 2009 @ 22:31:08

    Many new street lights in China, Japan, Taiwan are powered by sun.
    Many parts of China also had wind powered electricity generators.
    Presently, on a per KWh basis, wind power or solar power electricity is still more expensive, but things will change in about 3 to 5 years time, as more countries are doing research to reduce the cost.


  7. moses
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 18:48:13

    Hello Dr Hsu

    A Happy New Year to you and your family. Came across the following article, and thought I share with you and your reader. Who knows what good may come out of it.



    Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke


  8. Altsaver
    Jan 16, 2010 @ 00:04:33

    Great Blog. I presonally think that alternative energy should be used in domestic and industrial enviroment. Because most of the resources we use can be used as alternative energy for example here is site that explains how to use waste oil


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