Under the Programme “Energy Solutions – Made in Germany”, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC) organized a Renewable Energy Symposium “Decentralised Power Generation – Hybrid-Solutions and Isolated Applications with a Focus on Solar PV and Mini-Hydro” in Renaissance Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 29 November 2016.
This event aims at presenting German technology solutions and expertise to all stakeholders from both the private and public sectors in renewable energy related fields in Malaysia, particularly those engaged in and/or looking into decentralised and off-grid power generation through renewable energy.
The event opening ceremony was graced by H.E. Holger Michael, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany and Y.Bhg. Datuk N. Rajendran, Deputy Chief Executive Officer II, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) as well as Mr. Daniel Bernbeck, Executive Director of the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A number of experts’ presentations and panel discussions on Solar PV, Hybrid Systems and Mini-Hydro followed after the opening.
In his speech, Datuk N. Rajendran said, “Malaysia has been a strong supporter of Malaysia-German platforms for partnership-based dialogues such as today’s event.Among the European Union, Germany is our largest investor. As at August 2016, we have approved a total of 562 manufacturing projects with German participation. These investments, which totalled RM41.02 billion, have created more than 66,430 employment opportunities. German companies not only continue to invest in Malaysia, but more importantly, invest in quality projects, incorporating the latest technology and in high value added activities. The very fact that these companies continue to invest in Malaysia, even during such challenging times to the global economy, is indeed even more noteworthy.”
“Malaysia is proud to host notable German companies such as Infineon, Osram, SGL Carbon, Continental, BASF, Elektrisola, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, Siemens, X-Fab, Heraeus, Jowat, Schmidt + Clemens, SEW Eurodrive and Mühlbauer which have chosen to establish their base in Malaysia. The presence of German investors is also evident in the services sector in Malaysia. Among some renowned companies that have set up their global operations hub or regional establishments in Malaysia include B.Braun, Arvato, BMW, Lufthansa and Eppendorf,” he further added.
Since 2002 the German government has been closely involved in supporting the global dissemination and transfer of technologies for renewable energies. Under the banner “Energy Solutions – Made in Germany” the responsible authority, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, is thus making an active contribution to the global fight against climate change while promoting the worldwide acceptance and use of renewable energies. By showcasing Germany’s technical expertise in the field of renewable energy and by organising business trips to and from Germany, the initiative facilitates business contacts between German companies and those from abroad.
In Malaysia, the majority of the population in Peninsular Malaysia have access to the national electricity grid. However, some of the population in Sabah and Sarawak, especially those living in deep rural regions, do not have access yet to sustained electricity and rely on diesel generators as well as other forms of alternative and renewable energy. Due to the high cost of grid extensions, the goal of a 100 percent electricity access for all, especially for those in deep rural areas, is challenging to fulfil. Therefore, the production of electricity through renewable sources, such as through decentralized hybrid- or isolated applications – so-called island solutions - , is necessary to narrow the gap between urban and rural disparities.
This Renewable Energy Symposium offers a platform for stakeholders from the Malaysian and German renewable-energy related industries to come together. This event focuses on providing electricity solutions for rural areas by means of renewable energy through hybrid solutions and isolated applications. German technology solutions in renewable energy have long proven themselves, and thanks to high-quality products and services, German solution providers rank among the top technology leaders.
Following the symposium, on 30 November – 1 December, a business matching event with pre-arranged appointments will be held between the German and Malaysian companies.
About the Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC), or AHK Malaysia as it is known in Germany, is part of the world-wide network of German chambers with 130 offices in 90 countries and another 80 regional chambers in Germany with more than 3 million member companies and businesses. Under the service brand “DEinternational” the chambers assist German companies with a wide range of services to establish themselves on foreign markets.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MGCC)
Ms. Cheryl Sim
Tel: 03-9235 1814
Fax: 03-2072 1198