Cypark Partners TÜV SÜD to test dump site-turned renewable energy park
Cypark Resources Berhad, Malaysia’s leading integrated green engineering and renewable energy solutions provider, has engaged global certification expert TÜV SÜD as part of its plan to transform former Pajam dumpsite into Malaysia’s first and biggest renewable energy park. With TÜV SÜD’s testing support, the site which previously had minimal economic, real estate and social value, is now certified as a performance-ready solar park with the ability to power over 17,000 households annually.
The RM150 million park includes a 13MW lightweight, non-permanent and non-invasive solar park. In 21 years, the solar park will generate RM500 million worth of electricity, which is a three-time turnover. This amount of electricity is equivalent to electricity generated by 9,300 tonnes of coal, while potentially reducing 14,335 tonnes of carbon dioxide and 684 tonnes of methane gas emissions a year.
Managing a closed dump site is a 25-year process. During this period, Cypark, through a public-private partnership with the State Government, transformed the Pajam site into an integrated renewable energy park to return the land to the community in a form that benefits the environment and people. Dumpsites are important in developing economies. However, after close to 30 years of operations, the Pajam dumpsite may affect social and environmental well-being of nearby areas. Decomposing waste contains toxic substances and over time leaches into the soil and ground water, resulting in environmental and health hazards. It also releases greenhouse gases such as methane gas, which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide in aggravating climate change. Considering the environmental, economic and social benefits from the transformation, the Pajam renewable energy park was selected as an “Entry Point Project” under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Program.
“Unlike coal or natural gas, sunlight cannot be stored in containers. Thus, it is critical that our solar park is able to capture every hour of sunlight and convert it into solar energy. Under the Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement, power producers are responsible for supplying reliable, steady flow of power. Faulty photovoltaic systems will cause costly disruptions. As such, we only use the highest quality photovoltaic modules and inverters. We commissioned TÜV SÜD to test grid safety and performance-readiness. We also depended on TÜV SÜD to test the efficacy of the power we generated,” said Mr. Daud Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer, Cypark Resources Berhad.
TÜV SÜD partners investors, manufacturers and operators with end-to-end quality and safety services from the conceptual phase through to construction, grid connection and operations. The company supports them in ensuring quality, safety and reliability of their renewable installations and delivery on energy yield expectations.
“We are honored to have supported Cypark in this green energy project. Cypark’s solar park is backed by TÜV SÜD’s 140-year experience in inspection, testing and a highly-responsive team with actual hands-on experience. We also have a local office in Malaysia to ensure maximum communications and collaboration efficiency with Cypark. Our test reports are recognized throughout the world, especially by investors and financial institutions whose priorities are to determine accurate energy yields and returns from their investments. Time and cost-wasting disputes are minimized. With our support, the reputation and credibility of the project is greatly enhanced,” said Mr. Richard Hong, CEO, TÜV SÜD PSB.
TÜV SÜD is known for its impartial, independent and interdisciplinary technical expertise and experience. The company offers services including independent feasibility and bankability assessments for investors; construction safety, quality and licensing support services in the facility construction phase, through to equipment and component testing and certification to national and international standards and periodic inspection of the installation/facility once in operation.
For more information on TÜV SÜD’s full suite of testing, commissioning, grid compatibility, power quality and safety assessment of PV plants services, please visit http://www.tuv-sud-psb.sg.