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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Solar Energy ~ How come Malaysia doesn't utilize it?

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I just returned from the East Coast states of Pahang and Terengganu. The sun was shining mercilessly to such an extent that there were brush fires everywhere along the East Coast Highway starting from the exit to Jalan Gambang, Kuantan and all along the way to Pekan, Pahang.

I even saw similar brush fires on my way to Pantai Kemasik, Kemaman, Terengganu. My brother in law who is a firefighter told me that all fire engines were busy fighting such fires and are on constant call all over Kuantan and the neighbouring areas.

We are so blessed to be getting all these solar energy to the stage where such intense heat coming from the sun has scorched the earth of the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia until brush fires break out on their own and all such solar energy is being wasted untapped!

Our federal government is infamous for staging all kinds of concerts and extravagant fireworks where hundreds of thousands if not millions of precious ringgits go up in smoke in split seconds just to entertain the masses during New Year celebrations etc.

Why can't we do away with such unnecessary expenses for once and use the money saved to install solar panels all over our nation's tall buildings or along the East Coast states to tap into the much needed energy that the sun provides courtesy of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala?

The video above shows that if there's a will to achieve such a thing, there definitely is a way to tap into the solar energy!

Instead of installing fanciful gadgets here and there to provide visual entertainment for the passing motorists along our roads, the government and its local city councils would do better to install solar panels to collect energy and channel it to run our government buildings electrical equipments, light up roads and highways, tunnels, etc.

It's environmentally friendly, doesn't pollute the air, contaminate the water, can be used to cool down our public facility buildings, etcetera.

Let's harness the power of the Sun! We can save quite a bundle in energy bills.

Its potential is endless.

Would TNB look into this?

10 comments:

HR said...

TNB will look into tapping solar energy when one day solar energy found to be able to replace current gas and coal burning energy source and at the same time brings profit to the company. No matter how much solar energy can benefit the public,if it is neither feasible nor profitable, solar energy will never be an option.

MAHAGURU58 said...

What happens when fossil fuels such as gas and petroleum run out?

Where do you think energy companies are going to turn to for their supply?

Solar power, wind power and the surges of the ocean waves are already being tapped by developed nations as ecologically and environmentally friendly alternative energy sources.

The initial start up and maintenance costs would seem to be quite formidable for developing countries such as ours but the benefits for us in the long run are really worth considering.

Just sharing my points.

Thank you.

Rahman Hariri said...

I had chatted over with some engineers from the solar energy division of sirim some years back and was told cost was the biggest issue. I am made to understand it would cost us more than Rm100K to 'solar energized' our home.

Not sure if the cost element is due to technology or taxes.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Phew! That would be pretty inhibitive I must say.

Yet I still hold some hopes for our R&D specialists to come up with a more cost effective system of harnessing the endless source of energy in the form of the Solar power.

Let's see what comes up in the near future?

Thanks for the feedback Brother Rahman Hariri. :)

Zuhrizad said...

Salam Tn Hj,

I do know that TNB have used solar power to generate electrity for rural electrification such as in 'gugusan kepulauan mersing'(Pulau Sibu, Pulau Pemanggil) and some of the remote villages in Pahang, Perak, Kelantan. And I believed that TNB is still doing research on renewable energy on bigger capacity. Doesn't have to be solar alone. It can be also wind, biomass plus hydro.
Currently a lot of studies done around the world on integration of those type of power generation into the network/grid plus the stability of the electricity networks. In UK there are also on-going project called SmartGrid with the capability of integrating with alternatives source of electricity.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Wa'alaikumsalam Zuhrizad.

Yes, I have learned about such efforts by TNB in my lookup on the subject matter.

I still think that if our nation's engineers and scientists were to collaborate and do a joint study with government grants, there might be some heartening results.

Thanks for the info bro.

HR said...

yes, one day fossil fuels will either run out or no longer economical to be extracted. but current technology on alternative energies still does not make them viable to replace current 'cheap and dirty'(sometimes bloody too) fuel-burning source.

next in-line would be nuclear-source energy, if we have the gut to face the wrath of the ever-envious westerners.

MAHAGURU58 said...

Correct observations there HR.

You and I know for sure that Malaysia would not dare face up to the Western Imperialists under the current rulers and its Sultans.

I foresee an immediate capitulation if events such as what took place in 1511 and 1940's were to repeat itself?

raj raman said...

Malaysia - is a weird country.
Got almost everything but don't know how to use it well - even their citizen brain.

Seen a solar power Ford Ranger in Indonesia recently.Clean,efficient and silent.
rajraman666.Malaysia - corrupted and dirty.
We can be racial but can't be racist.
Thank u.

MAHAGURU58 said...

May peace be with you Brother Rajraman.

I like your recent way of leaving comments.

You stick to the topic and end it with your current slogan.

We can be racial but not racists!

How correct you are.

Congratulations raj. You can still be a true Malaysian citizen worth your name.

Steady lah bro! :)

I'm starting to be a fan. :P