Citaglobal Genetec BESS Sdn Bhd (Citaglobal Genetec BESS), a special vehicle formed by Citaglobal Bhd and Genetec Technology Bhd, have launched Malaysia’s first locally developed and produced battery energy storage system (BESS).

The launch showcased the fully operational 1MW BESS prototype (MYBESS) that was successfully developed and piloted in December 2022, and currently supports the Genetec EPIC plant’s energy needs, the duo said in a statement on Tuesday.

Citaglobal and Genetec Technology exclusive collaboration agreement was formalized on October 6, 2022 to develop battery energy storage management systems to store and manage excess power during the generation of renewable energy.

The development of MYBESS is meant to solves two of the biggest ecosystem challenges, which are large scale and capacity energy storage as well as portability.

This could also be a key solution to rural electrification and connectivity.

“Citaglobal Genetec BESS is excited about the prospects ahead of us,

“The combined strengths, capabilities, deep and long-standing industry experience of both Citaglobal and Genetec in the infrastructure construction and engineering, as well as intelligent turnkey manufacturing automation especially for the electric vehicle and renewable energy industries, has enabled us to go-to-market with a very compelling end-to-end BESS solution,” said Mohamad Norza bin Zakaria, Chairman of Citaglobal Genetec BESS.

“This solution caters to different industry verticals – from transport, manufacturing, energy supply and distribution, telecommunications – to mention some, especially in grid integration to manage intermittent renewable energy resources which remains a challenge today,

“In addition to supporting national and international infrastructure energy needs, our readiness positions us competitively to enable faster-time-to-market deployment,” he added.

Genetec Founder and Managing Director Chin Kem Weng said the firm is excited to have achieved this milestone with Citaglobal.

“Following the successful pilot, we have been scaling our readiness to support large orders and rising demand as countries and companies across different industries fast-track their renewable energy plans,

“From the onset, we see opportunities with our neighbouring ASEAN countries, and we also expect early market adopters to continue to scale and improve infrastructure, paving the way for greater opportunities to supply this locally developed, end-to-end BESS solution,” he added.

According to the statement, the Citaglobal Genetec BESS end-to-end solution comprises the BESS structure and management and power conversion subsystem, to the communications interface, that is highly customized to support different renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro.

“In 2022, global renewable energy (RE) capacity rose by 10 percent, while investment in the green energy transition amounted to a record $1.1 trillion worldwide,

“All these reflect the world’s firm shift towards a future increasingly powered by renewable energy,” Malaysia’s International Trade and Industry Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said.

According to him, for MITI, one priority under the New Investment Policy involves strengthening Malaysia’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) adoption, in support of Malaysia’s net zero target by 2050, and a key component of this is to rethink how we generate, distribute, store, supply and consume energy.

“To this end, the development of Malaysia’s homegrown MYBESS, by Citaglobal Genetec BESS, is not only a step in the right direction in support of Malaysia’s future (renewable) energy security, but also an important opportunity to begin positioning Malaysia in high-technology industries and higher in the global value chain,

“The time to act is now, and through the New Industrial Master Plan 2030 which will be launched later in the year, MITI is taking bold steps to enhance our industrial ecosystem, underscored by key considerations such as ESG compliance and future industrial energy sufficiency,” he added.

Listed in 2008, Citaglobal is a diversified group with multiple revenue streams. It is currently involved in civil engineering and construction (CEC), oil and gas (OG), power generation, property development and manufacturing.

Its CEC segment is primarily involved in infrastructure construction contracts.

The OG segment is principally engaged in onshore oil and gas downstream activities, while the manufacturing segment consists of the manufacturing of cold-drawn bright steel products.

Its power generation division caters to the niche markets of the O&G industry, sets up and supplies mobile and stationary power generation solutions to utility companies, and supplies SEDA-approved locally assembled biogas generators in the green energy segment.

Genetec Technology is a technology firm in providing customised full turnkey smart factory automation manufacturing lines.

It is a public company listed on the ACE Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad since 2005.

Its principal business focus is in the provision of high-quality, responsive and cost-effective designs, as well as the manufacturing of automated industrial systems, equipment and value-added services for our global customers in the electric vehicle, automotive, hard disk drive, consumer goods and healthcare sectors.

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