Ingenieur Vol. 75 ingenieur July 2018-FA - Page 6

INGENIEUR Future Energy W hen the UN Secretary-General launched the International Year for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in 2012, the target of doubling the share of renewable energy (RE) in the global energy mix was highlighted as one of the three global linked energy policy objectives by 2030. The BP Energy Outlook 2018 predicted that RE is the fastest-growing energy source, accounting for 40% of the increase in primary energy. The energy mix by 2040 will be the most diversified that the world has ever seen. Meanwhile, MIDF reported that the new Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology, Environment and Climate Change aims to reduce the reliance on imported fuel by aggressively increasing the RE contribution to the generation mix from just 2% currently to 20% in the future. Malaysia with the necessary solar ecosystem to obtain a market share of the growing power business regionally is ranked the world’s third largest producer of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules. Malaysian engineers will have their hands full in engaging with this expanding RE energy industry in respect of manufacturing as well as R&D. 4 6 VOL VOL 75 55 JULY-SEPTEMBER JUNE 2013 2018 With the world’s attention focusing on RE as a future energy source, SEDA’s article on ‘Sustainable Energy – The Future is Here’ provides the overview of RE programmes in Malaysia. In order for RE to be truly scaled up in Malaysia, there are several issues to be addressed such as rationalizing subsidy on electricity tariff, liberalizing electricity market and industry, and shifting paradigm from a base load electricity system to an energy balancing market. The article on ‘Distributed Generation – Shaping Future Energy’ addresses the issues in generating and distributing power from renewables such as Solar PV, Biogas Systems, Landfill Biogas System, Sludge Biogas System, Waste Food Biogas System, Agriculture Waste Biogas Systems, Municipal Solid Waste Systems and Small Hydro Systems. Following the end remarks of the above article, the future of energy is sustainable energy; and that comprises both renewable energy and energy demand management. Engineers should seize the opportunities to venture into this expanding industry. Dato’ Sri Ir. Dr Roslan bin Md Taha President BEM