Digital News Asia — MALAYSIAN Green Technology Corp (GreenTech Malaysia) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Green Data Center LLP and Computer Recovery Facility Sdn Bhd that it hopes will lead to greater energy efficiency in the data centre sector. This was one of a few MoUs that GreenTech Malaysia signed with leading specialists in the fields of electric mobility, energy efficiency and air quality at the 6th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) in Kuala Lumpur.
Korea Times — SK Telecom, the nation’s top mobile carrier, said Wednesday it will work with Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) for new growth businesses including smart energy management systems. Under the agreement, the telecom company and the state-run power operator will jointly establish the next-generation electricity infrastructure and develop the smart grid systems based on the information and communication technology and energy technologies.
PRNewswire — NEW YORK: Waterfall Security Solutions (Waterfall Security) announced today the successful deployment of Waterfall’s stronger-than-firewalls Unidirectional Security Gateways at a leading energy distributor in the Asia-Pacificregion, together with Power Automation (PA), Singapore. Waterfall Security is the leading provider of Unidirectional Security Gateways for industrial control networks and critical industrial infrastructures.
MIS Asia — Toyota, Nissan and Honda today announced they will increase efforts to produce more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and said they will work together to build more fueling stations to support them. The three Japanese automakers agreed on key details regarding a new joint support project for the development of hydrogen fueling station infrastructure in Japan. The companies pledged up to $90,000 per station to cover construction and operating costs.
Developments in M2M set to speed up smart grid deploymentsBy making the electricity grid ‘intelligent’ and adding telecoms to it, the power will eventually move away from the electricity companies and be directed towards the customers, who will be able to control their energy consumption through sensors, M2M devices, and the internet of things (IoT). Europe and North America are rated as the most advanced adopters of smart grid and smart metering technology, but the market is expected to shift increasingly towards Asia and the developing world.
Cadence Design Systems has announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an Internet of Things (IoT) IP subsystem demonstration platform for TSMC’s ultra-low power (ULP) process. Targeting wearable, home automation, always-on and industrial control applications, the IP subsystem provides the opportunity to simplify IoT designs and accelerate the time to market for customers, Cadence said.
In collaboration with the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Power (SP) has launched the Singapore Power Centre of Excellence (CoE) to “drive the innovation and commercialisation of next-generation energy network technologies, for greater reliability and efficiency of Singapore’s infrastructure”, according to a government press release. The CoE’s aims are to develop, pilot, and integrate latest technologies in Singapore’s infrastructure networks. For example, “remote sensors and intelligent drones could be deployed to perform monitoring tasks, freeing up skilled staff for higher order work”. 20 staff from Singapore Power have been assigned to a new team to work on the CoE.
US-based semiconductor chip maker Intel announced on May 28 the completion of a smart energy union laboratory jointly built with China’s Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union, reports yicai, the online portal of Shanghai’s China Business News. The Smart Energy Industry Technology Innovation Strategy Union signed the strategic cooperation agreement with Intel at the first Intel energy solution summit last year.
Singapore plans to build an innovation hub to demonstrate emerging technologies that could improve the energy efficiency of data centres. The green data centre innovation hub will allow for experiments and showcase proof of concepts for the latest energy efficiency technologies. A request for proposal for the hub will go out by the third quarter of the year, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) said. The initiative is part of a Green Data Centre Innovation Programme to assess emerging technologies that could improve data centres’ energy performance.
Apple is investing in a new Chinese solar power project as part of a larger push to use sustainable resources internationally. The Apple solar investment is for a project with capacity of 40 megawatts, or enough to power 20 corporate offices and 20 retail stores in China and Hong Kong. The plant is being built in partnership with U.S.-based SunPower as well as four Chinese firms. Apple now uses renewable energy for 87 percent of its facilities worldwide and the company’s data center energy supply is100 percent renewable, making it aGreenpeace darling.
The City of Perth is lobbying for more powers to be delegated from the state of Western Australia, including procurement powers which will affect how it contracts for digital service delivery. In a recent report calling for a City of Perth Act – which would grant legal status to an expanded city area – the City Council presses for increased procurement flexibility.
NEXTDC is examining options to use the roof space of neighbouring buildings to run solar arrays in what would be a major expansion of its renewable energy strategy. Chief operating officer Simon Cooper told iTnews the data centre operator was considering its options to bring solar power to Sydney and Perth. Although both facilities enjoy more hours of sunlight than Melbourne, the buildings have considerably less roof space than M1 in Melbourne, which hosts a 401kW array on its roof.
During our business travels to Kuala Lumpur, we have frequently heard the phrase “let’s build a better Malaysia”. Having developed a great interest and admiration for this country, we were curious about the deeper meaning of the phrase and how it relates to our work on energy issues for IBM. Through discussions with everyday Malaysians in restaurants, taxi cabs, malls, and government agencies we have found three core principles that help define what ‘a better Malaysia’ actually means to her people.
Delta Electronics International (Singapore), a Singapore-based subsidiary of Taiwan-based power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics, and Singapore-based Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) on January 14 jointly announced the official opening of a cooperative Delta-IBN Life Science and Diagnostics Lab at Biopolis, a biomedical research park in Singapore. IBN belongs to Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) established by the Singapore government.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday called on state agencies to help lower electricity costs for consumers around the country and proposed a scheme to prevent landlords from gouging workers by fitting more rented rooms with their own meters. At the inauguration of the 338-megawatt Lower Stung Russey Chrum hydroelectric dam in Koh Kong province on Monday, Mr. Hun Sen asked state power provider Electricite du Cambodge (EdC), the Mines and Energy Ministry and the Phnom Penh municipal government to work together to ensure landlords are not charging workers inflated electricity rates.
The Philippines has published government contracts in the mining, oil and gas industries on its open data portal, data.gov.ph. These industries account for US$1.2 billion (PHP 52 billion) of government revenue, the Open Data Taskforce said. The government is committed to meeting international standards of transparency in revenue from extractive industries, it added.
Another batch of internal documents from the operator of South Korea’s nuclear power plants leaked to the Internet Tuesday. The leaks are a “serious situation” and a matter of national security, President Park Geun-hye said during a cabinet meeting. In a message posted at 3 p.m. Korea Time under Twitter ID @John_kdfifj1029, the anonymous attacker warned Korean citizens to stay away from nuclear reactors, and mocked a cybersecurity drill organized Monday by Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co., the power plant operator.
South Korea’s nuclear power operator said on Sunday that cyber attacks on non-critical operations at the company’s headquarters are still continuing, a week after executives revealed that the organisation’s systems had been hit. The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co said on Monday last week that its internal systems had been hacked but only non-critical data had been stolen, and operations were not at risk.
A Ministry of Industry and Trade’s (MOIT) report showed that 50 windpower projects have been registered over the last three years with the total designed capacity of 4,876 MW. However, only three wind power plants are operational, Binh Thuan, Phu Quy and Bac Lieu. The high investment rate and the low selling price cannot persuade investors to inject money into the sector. It is estimated that a wind power plant using US or European technologies which can satisfy IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) standards would have an initial cost of $2,250 per kw and production cost of 10.68 cent per kwh.
Indonesia’s civil service management is still undergoing “radical” change to make the government more transparent and accountable, following changes that started in 2009, the National Civil Service Agency has told FutureGov. The government implemented a policy five years ago to make the whole process of government more transparent and accountable, and increase public participation, which Bima Haria Wibisana (pictured), Vice Chairman of the agency discussed in a recent interview.