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Research collaboration to catalyse green tech

The Centre for Transport Research (CfTR) at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Kia cars in the country, will establish a research collaboration on the development of a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles (EV) on the UTB campus following a memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing yesterday.

Held at UTB’s Main Conference Room, the MoA was signed by UTB Vice Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman and Grand Motors Executive Director Pengiran Haji Abdul Qahar bin Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Ibnu Basit.

Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah said, “This MoA will strengthen the strategic research partnership between academia and industry while emphasising UTB’s commitment to supporting sustainability and innovation.

“The Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy has outlined two strategies for EV and renewable energy. This collaborative project is aligned with these strategies to promote the adoption of EVs and contribute to our nation’s sustainable and green initiatives.”

On the collaboration with Grand Motors, she said, “Their support will facilitate innovative research, raise public awareness, and inspire our students, faculty, and the wider community to embrace clean energy and sustainable transportation solutions.

“This collaboration catalyses promoting EVs, integrating renewable energy, and supporting Brunei’s journey towards a greener future.”

The signatories and attendees also visited the EV charging station in front of the UTB administration building. – James Kon

Universiti Teknologi Brunei Vice Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman and Grand Motors Executive Director Pengiran Haji Abdul Qahar bin Pengiran Sanggamara Diraja Major General (Rtd) Pengiran Haji Ibnu Basit in a group photo with officials from UTB and Grand Motors. PHOTO: JAMES KON
ABOVE & BELOW: Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah charges the electric vehicle; the UTB Vice-Chancellor takes a closer look at the car; and the solar panels on top of the charging station. PHOTO: JAMES KON
PHOTO: JAMES KON
PHOTO: JAMES KON

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