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4 May, 2012

Commercial wind energy generation may be possible after all

WIND ENERGY GENERATION – The model shows a 5-blade turbine

When talking about commercially producing energy from renewable sources in Malaysia, wind would come last, or even none at all. This is due to the fact that the country has low wind speed.

Malaysia’s mean annual wind speed is not more than 2 metre per second, when minimum 6 metre per second is needed to spin a wind turbine. Plus, wind speed varies according to month and region, making it an unreliable source for energy generation.

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11 February, 2012

Tapping biomass to the max

SOME 10 years ago, the oil palm biomass is widely considered as a bane to many oil palm industry players, from plantations right down to the mills and refineries.

Operators are constantly facing rising costs just to dispose and transport the biomass such as the empty fruit bunches (EFB), shells, mesocarp fibre, felled tree fronds and trunk as well as palm oil mill effluent (Pome) after the process of crushing and extraction of palm oil and palm kernel oil from the fresh fruit bunches.

Now, the situation has changed dramatically. What was previously perceived as oil palm waste, is turning into a lucrative income generator for the industry players.

This has resulted in many local industry players, particularly big oil palm plantation groups to actively venture into renewable energy (RE) projects using oil palm biomass as feedstock for electricity power generation, biogas and industrial steam projects.

20 January, 2012

Cycling to Work –

by Samo | Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2012

HELLO people! This week, we examine the practicality of cycling to work.

For starters, the Malaysian weather isn’t exactly ideal for long commutes on the small vehicle lane (motorcyles and bicycles) in the Klang Valley. If you think that the roads aren’t friendly to bicycles, well, there are some pros and cons.

The Federal Highway connects motorists and small vehicles like motorcyles and bicycles from Klang to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa.

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13 January, 2012

Funds raised for court action against Lynas

Writer: Alvin Yap Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

(Left to right): Fuziah, Wong, Kepong MP Dr Tan Seng Giaw, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Nik Abdul Aziz and Gombak MP and Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyperson Azmin Ali at the Lynas fundraising dinner on Saturday.

SHAH ALAM: The RM160,000 raised by the Stop Lynas Coalition from a charity dinner here will be used to file an injunction against the project.

“We have enough funds to start proceedings,” said Coalition chairperson Andansura Rabu after the dinner at the Shah Alam Convention Centre (SACC) last Saturday.

The coalition, which includes concerned Kuantan residents, has been mounting a campaign to block the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) refinery in Pahang from going operational.

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3 January, 2012

Solar-powered lights at bus stops malfunction soon after being fixed

By OH ING YEEN Photos by Ricky Lai

MORE than 80 solar-powered lights at bus stops in Kajang, Cheras and Semenyih malfunctioned within three months after being installed.

Kajang municipal councillor Eddie Ng said only eight out of the 96 lights were functioning and the rest were not in working condition.

Ng said the lights were installed at the end of 2010 and in less than three months many had malfunctioned.

Last year, 40 bus stops were refurbished, including 26 that were demolished and rebuilt.

A must: One of the requirements is to have the Malaysian flag at the upgraded bus stops.

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3 January, 2012

Green homeowners rewarded

Writer: Brenda Ch’ng Published: Fri, 30 Dec 2011

PETALING JAYA: Forty-nine “green” homeowners here were awarded with tax rebates by the council recently for incorporating energy-efficient and environmentally friendly practices in their homes.

Residents were awarded up to RM500 rebate in their annual assessment by Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) mayor Datuk Roslan Sakiman for practising a green lifestyle.

“I”m glad to get a rebate of RM500. I pay RM600 every year, and this year I only have to pay a small sum,” said resident Liu Paye Wah.

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3 January, 2012

Proposal for solar-powered lights not taken up

Writer: Brenda Ch’ng Published: Fri, 30 Dec 2011
SUBANG JAYA: The municipality’s reluctance to even consider using cost-saving solar-powered lights at fields under its jurisdiction left councillors frustrated during the full board meeting.

Subang Jaya Municipal Councillor (MPSJ) Edward Ling submitted a proposal to install solar-powered lights at the PJS7 and PJS9 fields at a cost of RM6,000 on Oct 29.

“I’m really disappointed for not getting a response for the project.

“I’m also upset because the council rejected the project without firstly taking extra initiatives to study and see how the project can work,” said Ling during the meeting.

The proposed pilot project was meant to save energy and cut electricity costs for the council.

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23 December, 2011

Human Powered X’mas Tree – Selangorku Celebration 2011 [vid]

Full story on the list of environment conscious efforts by the organising team during the Christmas Celebration here

22 December, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Credit: kevindooley via Flickr

Credit: kevindooley via Flickr

Wishing you a ‘green’ festive season – from all of us in “Environment EXCO Office, Selangor State Government”.  Here’s a list of some eco-friendly, energy saving tips that will put you at the top of Santa’s nice list this holiday season.

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16 December, 2011

Dreaming of a green Christmas

Members of the public lighting up the tree with pedal power.

PETALING JAYA: A Christmas tree lit by pedal power was the highlight of the state’s festive celebrations at 1 Utama Shopping Centre last Saturday.

Young and old alike took turns to cycle on four stationary bikes, wired up to light up the energy-efficient Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) on the tree.

“This is amazing,” said 10-year-old R Muniandy from Damansara Utama, after witnessing the tree light up from his labour.

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