Major new study to look at solar power in Malaysia



A major new study supported by Heriot-Watt University’s Energy Academy is due to look at how solar power can be used in Malaysia.

Currently, the Malaysian government has set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent by 2030.

There are also plans to become the second largest producer of solar power in the world by increasing output from 12 per cent to 20 per cent.

To achieve this, many energy experts believe that the development of Large Scale Solar (LSS) rather than other systems will be necessary. 

Now the new study, led by Dr Go Yun Ii of the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences will look at LSS in Malaysia and other countries.

The research group which includes Heriot-Watt, Institute of Sustainable Energy, University Tenaga National and CF Chong Engineering will use their findings to develop a LSS model in Malaysia.

And if successful the model could be rolled out to other countries across the world.

Dr Go Yun Ii, Assistant Professor said: “We’re very excited about taking part in this environmental study.

“We will be looking at the technical, economic, social, environmental and regulatory aspects of LSS for developing countries such as Malaysia.

“Large scale storage supply to match demand is critical to the development and growth of LSS as an energy vector.”