MCMC grants for eco-friendly projects

Matthew (left) says his data centres are built to be dependable. Koh (right) says his project would help reduce carbon emission. — Picture courtesy of MCMC
Matthew (left) says his data centres are built to be dependable. Koh (right) says his project would help reduce carbon emission. — Picture courtesy of MCMC

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CYBERJAYA, Oct 27 — The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has kick-started various eco-friendly projects with MCMC Industrial Development and Promotion Grant.

Among them are projects run by the Green Data Centre LLP and the Solar NRJ Sdn Bhd.

Green Data Centre chief executive officer Matthew Rajendra said the organisation was founded to provide energy rational, low cost and dependable data centre technology.

“We found a way to provide consumers with data centres which are eco-friendly and will not cause harm to someone’s health,” he said.

He said the data centres were extremely dependable as it was structured to be sustainable and efficient.

“They are built with low ownership cost and can be bought under an instalment plan. The dependability is much higher as there is only a 30 per cent chance of server failures.

“If the data centre fails in a cool environment, we have manufactured it to continue to respond for another eight hours in comparison to other data centres which is only eight minutes,” he said.

He said the idea for Eco2 Powered Data Centres started in 2010 and was sent to MCMC two years later for testing and approval.

“We decided to propose our idea to the commission since they fund eco-friendly concepts that will help improve the environment,” he said.

“Even the coolant for the data centre is not toxic and has no corrosive elements.”

Solar NRJ Sdn Bhd technical director Joseph Koh said their hydrogen fuel cell and solar photovoltaic hybrid power solution would reduce carbon emission in the country.

“The proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells are developed for power generation and works at a low temperature.”

He said PEM fuel cell converts hydrogen gas to electricity when combined oxygen in air. Water is formed and discharged as waste.

“Each individual cell contains an anode, a cathode and a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) layer which houses the PEM. When the hydrogen gas is in contact with the catalyst at the anode, the electrons are discharged to the load. The hydrogen ions then make their way through the PEM. At the cathode side, oxygen is combined with hydrogen ions to form water.”

Koh said one of the advantages of the project developed under the grant is not having to handle fuel logistics to the BTS sites thus reducing the OPEX for the operators.

“There would not be a need to refuel. This will reduce the worry of tower operators regarding the uncertainty in fuel prices or diesel theft,” he said, adding it was a zero-emission power solution.

The target areas for the power solution include off-grid communications towers, Orang Asli villages, rural areas, military bases and locations where the power is critical.

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