In this short communication, we discuss the energy consumption trends in the Malaysian road transport sector, with a special emphasis on the energy losses due to vehicle aerodynamic drag on highways. The recent trends of energy consumption in the Malaysian road transport sector are reviewed. It is evidently shown that the aerodynamic losses represented exceed 1.2 MTOE annually since 2002. A novel concept of vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) farms for harvesting aerodynamic energy losses on Malaysian highways is preliminarily proposed. The novel concept aims at providing a sustainable and green energy source for the lighting of the highway network in the country.
- 1.Saqr KM, Musa MdN. A perspective of the Malaysian highway energy consumption and future power supply. Energy Policy [Internet]. 2011 Jun;3873–7. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2011.03.034