/Industrial_Talk.jpgPower System Planning and Operations Research Group (PoSPO) organized an industrial talk program with Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, a state-owned developer of Malaysia’s biggest hydropower project, Bakun Hydroelectric Project in Central Sarawak on 17th November 2016. Final year students from the Electrical Power Engineering under selected topic subject and PoSPO representatives participated in the program.

The main objective for this program is to give exposure to the final year students about the operation of Bakun Hydroelectric.

PoSPO would like to express our gratitude towards Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd representatives for sharing very useful technical information on hydroelectric generation including its operations, maintenance and excitation. The given presentation by the speakers is superb and fun. We appreciated very much the speakers who provided such meaningful content. We hoped that this program will encouraged students to relate their theoretical knowledge to practical aspects of the studied courses.

Again, thanks to all participants who were involved in this program.

/Dr_Nofri_NSTGlobal recognition for Malaysian universities' research news from New Straits Times, NST has reported Dr Nofri Yenita Dahlan, from Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) is a fervent advocate of solar thermal energy and its applications in industry, business and households in the country as well as the region. She has been working on several research projects in the area of energy such as power generation investment in liberalised market, Malaysia’s power generation mix, economic evaluation of solar energy, energy management and efficiency and Measurement and Verification in energy savings. Read full report on New Straits Times, NST by O. C Yeoh - 13 November 2016.

Dr. Nofri Yenita Dahlan was one of 14 early- and mid-career scientists from eight ASEAN countries who was awarded the 2015/2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship, which was managed by the ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program implemented by DAI. The fellowship placed her in MOSTI’s Renewable Energy Research Centre (RERC), SIRIM Malaysia. She drafted a policy brief and plan of action for solar thermal in Malaysia and helped in advancing solar thermal research and development into MOSTI’s revised long-range Renewable Energy Technology Roadmap. As winner of the 2015 ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellow Video Contest, she traveled to Washington, D.C., as the fellowship program’s first ambassador and presented her research to several U.S. bodies, including the State Department, USAID and DAI.

Find out more about her inspiring story:
DAI Online Publications | USAID-Backed Fellow Inspires Malaysian Renewable Energy Policy

Dr. Nofri Yenita  is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Shah Alam.  Her video was selected by an evaluation panel, consisting of representatives from USAID, USASEAN, AAAS, and PROGRESS.  

As the winner of the contest, she will be the fellowship representative to visit Washington D.C. this coming May.

Congratulations to Dr. Nofri Yenita Dahlan for winning the ASEAN U.S. Science and Technology Fellowship Video Contest!

Watch her video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oktY-BfMEA&feature=youtu.be

 

OBJECTIVE

To conduct a research about the relationship between energy consumption by the domestic consumers with the energy efficiency.

VENUE

i)  Energy Commission, Malaysia (October 2015 - March 2016)

ii) Sussex University, United Kingdom (April 2016 - September 2016)

METHOD

Questionnaires, interviews and statistical analysis

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Malaysia’s energy consumption has increased in line with its economy growth. Currently, the bulk of the country’s energy production comes from natural gas and imported coal. Both sources are depleting and subjected to foreign exchange fluctuations. Therefore, it is vital to find more efficient ways of using electricity which is generally termed as energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency implies using less energy for the same service.  It requires monitoring energy use and making simple behavioral changes to conserve energy, which will translate to monetary savings. Home electrical appliances are among the biggest consumers of electricity. If kept running, even on standby, the amount of electricity consumed adds to the amount of squandered energy. Therefore, consumers are encouraged to use energy efficiently which will eventually lead to a reduction in peak demand, less environmental impact and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The focus of this research is to investigate the relationship of residential consumer with energy demand. The aim of this research is to identify the main factors underlying the consumers’ behavior towards their energy consumption and how this can be influenced. This work will also provide potential saving in terms of energy reduction due to the behavioral changes.

The study begins with a comprehensive review of literature on energy efficiency options, as well as behavioral and policy measures. A field survey to related stakeholders which includes power utility, energy commission and residential consumers will be carried out. The response from the survey will be analyzed to establish linkages between consumers’ behavior and energy demand and to identify potential intervention measures that can change the behavior. Simulation will be performed to determine potential energy reduction from these changes. The outcome of the research will be a new knowledge which will be beneficial to power utilities and energy regulator in understanding consumer’s energy consumption.