Latest renewable energy tech on display

Izah Azahari

An exhibition for the Energy Theme Week was launched yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC), with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition (MYCE) 2021 entering its fourth and final week.

Headlined ‘Energy Transition: Towards a Sustainable Future’, the week-long event includes several key educational activities on the latest renewable energy technologies which can be used by the public, as well as the commercial and industrial sectors.

The exhibition also seeks to share technological innovation of energy-saving measures in supporting the national energy efficiency agenda.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein launched the event.

The event began with a keynote address delivered by the Minister of Energy, followed by the official launch of the exhibition.

In keeping with the theme, the exhibition showcases the latest technological innovation on renewable energy, energy efficient products and advisory services.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong and Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein at Brunei LNG and Hengyi booths during the exhibition. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The ministers in a group photo at Brunei Shell Petroleum booth

The Ministry of Energy (ME) has taken the lead in advancing the integration of the energy efficiency concept through several initiatives. One of the initiatives currently under way is the energy auditing programme on government and commercial premises with the objective of providing recommendations to improve the premises’ energy consumption.

The exhibition is also raising awareness on the Energy Efficiency (Standard and Labelling) Order 2021, which aims to promote the use of energy-efficient electrical appliances and products in the country to reduce national energy intensity by 45 per cent in 2035, against the base year of 2005.

It amplifies a commitment towards energy efficiency improvements as one of the vital strategies to support energy transition. The use of high-efficiency home appliances and products will also enable less energy consumption by consumers which helps not only to reduce electricity bills but also reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

On renewable energy, the exhibition also features the net-metering programme installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, with the active participation of solar PV vendors and contractors registered under the ME.

The final week of Brunei MYCE 2021 is also bringing together several forums and symposiums attended by the energy sector’s industry players and academia, in an in-depth discussion on renewable energy policy and development, net-metering and small-scale solar as well as decommissioning and restoration (D&R).

In ensuring the oil and gas (O&G) sector’s responsibility towards the environment, a D&R Forum will be held on June 28, as a platform to share D&R knowledge, best practices and business opportunities in a safe and sustainable manner as an increasing number of wells, pipelines and facilities have reached the end of their technical and economic life.

The forum will be co-organised by the ME and the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam. The conference on energy will also feature a forum on renewable energy policy and development on June 29. Co-organised by the ME and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the forum aims to facilitate discussion and on-going debates on renewable energy policy and development road map.

In line with this, the ME has set its sights on a medium-term renewable energy roadmap, identifying several Solar PV projects to be implemented by 2025 and targetting at least 10 per cent of renewable energy-installed capacity.

Efforts to scale-up the national renewable energy contributions were evident with several Solar PV projects, namely the 1.2MW Tenaga Suria Brunei (TSB), the 3.3MW Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP) Solar Plant, the 200KW Berakas Power Company’s Rooftop Solar PV and the 100KW Solar Rooftop at the Temburong District Office.

In conjunction with the forum, visits to TSB, Seria Energy Lab and BSP Solar Plant will be held, in partnership with Brunei Shell Petroleum, Mitsubishi Corporation and Green Brunei. A webinar will also be held on June 30, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), titled ‘Integrating Solar and Storage in the Brunei Energy Transition’.