Brunei Darussalam took the center stage by winning the ASEAN Energy Awards 2019 under the Renewable Energy (RE) project competition with an innovative project which tackles both climate change and food security issues. Brunei Darussalam won ‘the special submission’ category with a project titled “Solar PV Aquaponic System, Brunei Darussalam”.
The prestigious ASEAN Energy Awards seek sustainable projects that exhibit originality, market-based solutions, environmental benefits and significant socio-economic contributions.
The award was presented to the project owner, Mr Loo Kuan Look from BIT Computer Sdn Bhd, by Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, the Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry and Yang Berhormat Yeo Bee Yin, the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change of Malaysia, during the Gala Dinner held in conjunction with the 37th ASEAN Ministers of Energy Meeting (AMEM) on the 4th September 2019 in Thailand.
The aquaponic system is powered by a 200W Solar PV module which can produce about 262 kWh of electricity per year and avoids about 210 kgCO2 per year. The carbon-free energy provides necessary electricity to pump water up and keeps the water wellaerated in the system.
As food-related health issues and sustainable food production are also interweaved with issues on climate change, this solar aquaponic system can be considered as one of the solutions to achieve food security as well as cleaner energy production. Mr Loo added, “Everyone can now have their own clean and healthy food production under their control while not compromising environmental sustainability. This is a sustainable living system where renewable energy is being used to produce all natural fish, vegetable and farm products at a lower cost. Healthy food are being produce without any chemicals or pesticides’’.
Launched in 2000 by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE), the ASEAN Energy Awards is the region’s highest recognition of efforts in energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy management