Solarvest Borneo Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysia-based clean energy expert Solarvest Holdings Berhad, has unveiled a new green energy testbed with the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS) and Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd at CENTEXS’ Headquarters in Santubong, Kuching, Sarawak.

The trio said in a statement on Wednesday that the introduction of the new testbed serves to facilitate further exploration of sustainable energy solutions and features cutting-edge capabilities in wind turbine technology electricity generation from hydrogen, micro-hydropower, and in building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems.

This aligns with the Sarawak government’s efforts to advance the development of a new green energy agenda, following and building upon the successful introduction of the smart solar PV and green hydrogen testbed in June 2023.

According to the statement, the Solarvest Borneo, CENTEXS and Huawei Malaysia collaboration aims to drive innovative breakthroughs in the clean energy industry and nurture local talent within the region.

The launch event, which included the opening of the Green Energy Gallery, showcased a comprehensive green energy ecosystem which aims to raise public awareness and foster a sustainable tomorrow.

“Malaysia’s proactive approach of exploring the potential of hydrogen, as outlined in the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR) directly aligns with Sarawak’s Hydrogen Economy Roadmap,

“It sets the stage to propelling Sarawak as a key regional green hydrogen hub and serves as a strategic lever to drive Sarawak into a developed state by 2030,” Solarvest Borneo Director Leon Liew Chee Ing said.

“Propelling future advancements in clean energy that will empower Sarawak to spearhead a sustainable future will hinge on local talent,

“Together with CENTEXS and Huawei, we champion this vision by leveraging on Solarvest’s industry expertise to nurture a skilled workforce through education and skill development,” he added.

Meanwhile, CENTEXS Chief Executive Officer Haji Syeed Mohd Hussien Wan Abdul Rahman said the addition of the new Testbed at CENTEXS provides hands-on training opportunities that will enrich the learning experiences of students and ease their transition into the renewable energy sector workforce.

“We are delighted to partner with Solarvest Borneo and Huawei Malaysia on a valuable platform for skills enhancement and practical training across the energy applications of solar, hydrogen, and wind,

“For instance, the hydrogen production testbed coupled with the solar PV testbed and wind turbine have enabled us to efficiently power up our green energy gallery. This practical demonstration not only showcases real-world applications but also instils in our students a profound understanding of green energy technologies,” he added.

Huawei Malaysia Digital Power Business Vice President Chong Chern Peng said technological advancements play a critical role in driving clean energy adoption.

He said that Huawei Malaysia is committed to making meaningful contributions to energy supply reliability and efficiency with innovative technologies.

“We are confident in helping build a better tomorrow for Sarawak with sustainable green technology solutions,

“We are also committed to ensuring that this is an ongoing venture with our priority being the supply of local talent in the green industry who will be trained with Huawei’s latest green energy technology and empowered to develop as well as continue the green agenda for the nation,” he added.

According to the statement, this collaboration is a part of Solarvest’s five-Year Strategic Roadmap to transform into a regenerative clean energy expert with ventures into new sustainable solutions.

Listed in Malaysia, Solarvest is a clean energy expert with a multi-national presence across Asia-Pacific in seven countries.

The firm started as a one-stop solar photovoltaic system solution provider for residential, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale solar farms.

Today, it has accumulated a renewable energy portfolio of over 1,000MW (on-going and completed).

The company is currently venturing into other clean energy solutions including, among others, hydrogen, battery storage, data center, energy efficiency, low-carbon mobility, and renewable energy certificates.

CENTEXS was established by the State Government through Yayasan Sarawak in October 2014.

The unit is given the responsibilities to train and upskill the young generation and organization workforce to meet the technology needs and requirements of the State industries focusing on the industry of energy, lifestyle and heritage; environmental sustainability, construction, hospitality and tourism; digital and agriculture.

It also assists the graduates in their careers upon completion of the training.

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices.

The firm has 207,000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries and regions.

Malaysia’s Solarvest partners Centexs, Huawei, Greenbay to launch hyperscale green data center testbed and training program