By Nareerat Wiriyapong
Bangkok, Thailand, April 12, 2016
Growing awareness of the impact of air pollution and global warming have been driving more investments in energy from renewable sources and moving green energy to the top of many government policy agendas.
In Southeast Asia, finding the right energy mix is a major challenge as countries strive to ensure that economic growth and environmental protection are compatible.
“The challenge faced by developing countries is balancing the cost of electricity and conservation of the environment,” Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water of Malaysia, said at Sustainable Energy & Technology Asia (SETA) 2016 held in Bangkok late last month.
Malaysia is studying eco-friendly technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power to address the challenge, he added.
CCS is the process of capturing waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from large sources, such as power plants, and depositing it at a storage site where it will not enter the atmosphere, normally underground. IGCC uses a high-pressure gasifier to turn coal and other carbon based fuels into pressurised gas. It then removes impurities from the gas so that it can be used to generate power, and can turn the pollutants, such as sulphur, into reusable byproducts.
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