Students learn importance of renewable energy technologies

James Kon

The Ministry of Energy and Green Brunei in collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation organised an Environmental Education Tour programme at Tenaga Suria Brunei (TSB) in Seria to promote the use of renewable energy technologies for decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Since its inception in September, 480 students from various secondary and tertiary institutions have participated in the tour programme.

Participants were briefed on the operations and maintenance of the solar power plant to help instil awareness on the adaptation of clean energy resources.

An electric vehicle and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle were also demonstrated by Mitsubishi Corporation to explain the benefits of using electric vehicles for the environment. Art and video competitions were also held in October, which saw the participation of over 890 students from 34 schools.

The next tour programme will be held from today until November 30 for 590 students from secondary schools and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE).

Students take a closer look at an electric vehicle. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Students briefed on the solar panel at the plant

The tour is part of a multi-sectoral educational awareness programme to support the national climate change mitigation plans under the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). It aims to integrate education as an important tool to raise awareness on climate change, renewable energy and electric vehicle under BNCCP Strategies.

It is also supported by the Brunei Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Development; Department of Electrical Services, Ministry of Energy; and Department of Co-Curriculum Education and Science, Technology and Environment Partnership (STEP) Centre, Ministry of Education.

The on-grid 1.2 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant was commissioned in 2010 as a part of a joint project between the Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan.

The plant contributes about 0.14 per cent of the country’s total power generation capacity and is operated by the Department of Electrical Services, Ministry of Energy.