Photo - UTM team represented Malaysia in the Solar Decathlon Competition in China to build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective and energy-efficient.
Energy management specialist Schneider Electric sent Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) students to the inaugural Solar Decathlon China 2013, which is an international competition to build zero-energy, solar-powered houses.
Schneider Electric Malaysia country president Peter Cave said the Malaysian UTM team competed against teams from United States, Australia, China, Sweden and others.
"Schneider Electric is passionate in educating future generations on the importance of energy conservation," said Cave. "We want to nurture more young talents, leaders and engineers to drive a better future of energy management in the country."
"As the sustaining sponsor of the Solar Decathlon Competition, we are proud to promote energy efficient solutions to curb energy wastes, promote clean energy and encourage environmentally responsible energy use to the younger generation," he said.
UTM-Team's leader Mohd Affendi Bin Ismail said: "We are honoured to participate in the Solar Decathlon Competition this year. It was an exciting and challenging competition and we have gained invaluable experience from initial planning, thorough design details to building an energy efficient solar powered house. Schneider Electric has been very supportive and we are happy that we have been given the opportunity to work closely with the energy management specialists in building a zero-energy home."
Photo - UTM Team has successfully built a zero-energy, solar-powered house in China, Datong.
Malaysia's 2020 Copenhagen promise
Schneider's Cave said: "[The move] to support the University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) students in the Solar Decathlon China Competition 2013 is in line with the government's effort to help Malaysia meet its Copenhagen promise to reduce 40 percent carbon emissions by 2020."
He said the company supported UTM by sharing the knowledge and resources on energy efficiency and innovative energy management solutions to meet today's energy challenges.
"This is in line with Schneider Electric's commitment in helping individuals and organisations make the most of their energy," said Cave. "In support of the UTM's team in the Solar Decathlon Competition, Schneider Electric also provided mentoring, design and engineering services, as well as the electrical distribution equipment required to safely and reliably connect the UTM team's proposed solar village to utility services, in a measurable and energy-efficient manner.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is an award-winning programme that challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.
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