Brunei takes 2nd, 3rd at ASEAN Energy Awards

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BRUNEI bagged 2nd and 3rd place in two project competitions under the ASEAN Energy Awards 2016, Energy and Industry Department, Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) said in a press statement yesterday.

The annual ASEAN Energy Awards seek sustainable projects that exhibit originality, market-based solutions, environmental benefits and significant socio-economic contributions.

 Brunei gained second place under the Renewable Energy (RE) category for its ‘Off-Grid’ project and third place with its Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EEC) Project Competition under the Energy Management in Building (Small & Medium Building) category.

The second place winner project titled “10.8 kWp Solar PV System at a Private Residence in Brunei-Muara District, Brunei Darussalam” , were joint submissions between EIDPMO; Department of Electrical Services (DES), the Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI) and BIT Computer Sdn Bhd.

Director of BIT Computer Sdn Bhd, Loo Kuan Look received the award. The awards were presented during the gala dinner held in conjunction with the 34th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) on September 21 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Loo started using the Solar PV system since June 2014, at his private residence in Kg Pengkalan Gadong primarily to understand the technicalities of Solar PV system. He also aimed to reduce his electricity bills and carbon emission contribution.

The statement added that Loo dedicated the last three years to set up and perfect his Solar PV through ‘trial and error’.

Under the Energy Management in Building (Small & Medium Building) category, the project “Energy Conservation at the BRIDEX International Conference Centre: Optimisation to Chill Water Pumps and Chiller Scheduling”, was proven to be successful in improving energy efficiency.

The BRIDEX International Conference Centre is an integrated development project built in 2009 which comprises two Exhibition Halls, a VIP viewing gallery and a Banquet Hall.

The project resulted in improved indoor built comfort, preserved building furniture, prolonged equipment life, enhanced energy conservation and tremendous cost savings.

The facility is now able to operate five times the number of events and banquet functions with the same amount of energy consumed as a result of the energy conservation effort, the statement said.

 EIDPMO added that the project was successful in improving the energy efficiency of the plant’s chiller operation without incurring major spending to replace the existing chiller.

 The Ministry of Defence, which owns the project, said they plan to replicate the project’s success in other buildings within the ministry that has the same type of equipment in the near future.

The ministry will also share the success of the project with other government ministries and departments on the basis of ‘best practices’.

The project is supported and facilitated by EIDPMO.

  Brunei Ambassador to Myanmar, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Colonel (Rtd) Dato Paduka Hj Abdu'r Rahmani Dato Paduka Hj Basir received the award on behalf of the ministry.

In this year’s ASEAN Energy Awards, Brunei put forward four entries — two entries in the Renewable Energy (RE) project competition and two entries in the Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EEC) project competition.

 Brunei shared fourth position with Malaysia on its other submission under Renewable Energy (RE) project competition with a project titled “Tenaga Suria Brunei — 1.2 MW Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant, Brunei Darussalam”.

 Meanwhile, another submission from the Ministry of Defence under Energy Efficiency & Conservation (EEC) Project Competition, came in fifth position with its project title of “Energy Conservation at Officers Accommodation, Berakas Garrison: Rectification Works To Officers Accommodation”.

The Brunei Times