Briefings & Updates…..IIUM Rector (in light blue scarf) being briefed byDr. Hj. Mohd Zahid Ismail (2nd from left), Chief Executive Officer of IIUM Advanced Technologies Sdn Bhd at the solar energy panel site near KICT.
In line with the national policy to advocate sustainable and alternative energy, the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) has recently sanctioned an energy efficiency policy to cultivate the culture of energy efficiency within all its campuses nationwide.
In conjunction with this policy, IIUM Advanced Technologies Sdn Bhd (IAT), a subsidiary company of IIUM Holdings Sdn Bhd together with New Enertech Pte Ltd Korea and Hepahope Pte Ltd Korea has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in March 2012 to jointly develop Alternative or Green Energies, and Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency project initiatives on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. Both New Enertech Pte Ltd and Hepahope Lte Ptd from Korea will invest on the sustainable and renewable energy infrastructure based on a private fund initiative model to allow IIUM Advanced Technologies to implement renewable energy in the IIUM campus.
According to Dr. Hj. Mohd Zahid Ismail, the Chief Executive Officer of IIUM Advanced Technologies Sdn Bhd, this collaboration is one of the few projects that involve foreign direct investment (FDI) in the university which is aimed to cultivate the culture of conservation, creativity and innovation by reducing the energy efficiency index up to 10% or an equivalent savings of millions of kWh for the university within the IIUM Gombak campus. This collaboration involves conducting studies of the cost and energy savings in the IIUM Gombak campus as well as future integration of IIUM’s Alternative or Green Energies supply to the Utility’s electrical grid under the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) scheme introduced by the Malaysian Government. This collaboration also establishes a joint-venture between IIUM and the collaborating party to manage the long term supply of IIUM’s Alternative or Green Energies supply to the Utility’s electrical grid.
This project includes developing a long-term sustainable energy plan which includes the deployment of both policies and technologies including energy saving components into all buildings and university facilities within the campus. The commissioning of a dual-purpose solar farm which can house up to a capacity of 10MW of alternative power is being planned as part of renewable energy projects and the total project cost of both energy savings and renewable energy can reach up to RM 100 million over a period of 3-5 years.
This initiative will also address the concern by the Malaysian government over the burgeoning electricity bills in all government offices nationwide whereby the project should be able to reduce the monthly bill up to 10% savings which translates in millions of ringgit saved in power consumption.
To date, a solar pilot project of 6KW-capacity estimated around RM 1 million has been commissioned at the Kuliyyah of ICT Building in the IIUM Campus in Gombak for the purpose of conducting research and study of the solar energy reliability and efficiency. Later this year it will be deployed on a larger-scale 5MW renewable solar energy production complex within the International Islamic University Gombak campus.
Dr. Hj. Mohd Zahid Ismail (centre), CEO of IIUM Advanced Technologies Sdn Bhd, appearing in an on-line publicity about the IIUM Solar Energy Iniatives on the South Korean joint-venture partner web sites