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In what’s thought to be the very first of its kind ever, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and a Thai university will “steam up” energy from a tree species. UiTM rector (Pahang campus) Associate Prof Datuk Dr Hilmi Ab Rahman stated UiTM would collaborate with Kasetsart University of Thailand to explore the new renewable power source from “energy plantations”.
He stated wood from the Luceana tree can be burnt to generate steam, which could be turned into new energy to serve as an option to prominent energy sources such as oil, gas, coal and hydro.
“It is a green technology and renewable energy as the Luceana tree can be harvested in just 18 months compared with thousands of years for fossil fuel to develop.”
He said, so far, no other country had produced energy based on Luceana wood. The Luceana species is known as petai belalang in Malaysia, and ipil-ipil, in Sabah.
UiTM has at the same time engaged in a research of energy plantation, and along with Kasetsart University, the varsity aims to strengthen its analysis, specifically at the genetic engineering of Luceana tree, in ensuring the sustainable supply of the tree. Dr Hilmi said UiTM had planted the Luceana species on a 5,000ha plantation in Merchang, Dungun, as its pilot project.
In Thailand, the tree is used to prevent soil erosion and its leaves are used as animal feed.
“Energy plantation may seem like a crazy idea, but it is doable,” said Dr Wan Mohd Nazri Wan Abdul Rahman, a scientist of UiTM Pahang.
He added that the new renewable energy had been proven to produce one megawatt of electricity and generate a diesel engine in Sabah.
“We used two combustions, with 80 per cent consisting of the renewable energy and 20 per cent of diesel in generating the engine.”
Dr Nazri said more research was needed if 100 per cent of the new renewable energy were to be used for the diesel engine. He claimed that the energy plantation pilot project was supplying energy for a timber factory in Kertih. Dr Wan Mohd Nazri defended the new renewable energy as a green technology as it involved tree plantation and the burning of the wood in generating energy was done in an environment-friendly manner.