Teknologi Inovasi Solar Sdn Bhd is a Malaysian company based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (with a factory and showroom branch in Kajang). The company focuses on research and development and owns all intellectual property and trademark name rights for the energy efficient cooling products branded as ‘Sonneaire’ and ‘Sonneaire Hybrid Air Conditioning Systems’ as well as ‘Sonneaire Solar Air Conditioning Systems’.
All the products are Made in Malaysia, based on the company’s own research and development.
The founder is Mrs. Azrina M. Yusof – Ong, a software engineer by background who founded the company following the life long research conducted by her father (retired) Professor Dr. M. Yusof Sulaiman at the Solar Energy Research Institute in the National University of Malaysia, also known as UKM.
The company is driven by a sole mandate to be an earth friendly company with the mission to create and innovate cooling systems which are:
- Energy efficient – to reduce as much carbon footprint as possible
- Health and environment gentle
- Cost efficient
- Using renewable sources, wherever possible
In 2012, the company received its first angel investor via family support through Alam Dingin Air Conditioning Engineering Sdn Bhd (also owned by Datuk Ishak Sulaiman and M. Azan Sulaiman who are both, brothers of Azrina’s father).
In 2013, the company won its first grant amounting to RM500,000 and opened its first factory branch in Bandar Baru Bangi. With the grant, the company successfully developed the first commercial solar hybrid air conditioning systems and installed about 50 units in Kuala Lumpur.
In 2016, the company developed its new patent for its new product; the thermal heat hybrid air conditioning systems and is now the best selling product for the company.
The company won the Best Pivot Innovation Award under Cradle CGP program in 2016.
Subsequently to that, also in 2016, the company won another grant of RM455,000 to commercialise the thermal heat hybrid system by Platcom Ventures Sdn Bhd under Agensi Inovasi Malaysia which is the Malaysian high technology start up funder.
Today the company is moving forward and installing its SonneAire Coolbox Save at many sites including prestigious companies such as at Gerbang Alaf Sdn Bhd restaurants – the master franchisor of McDonalds Restaurants in Malaysia and Singapore.
Currently, the company is also being supported by an enthusiastic team from Germany on the board as its advisory panel.