Engineering Research Seminar 9, 2012: An Innovative Building Integrated Wind, Solar and Rain Water Harvester for Future Cities

Dr Chong Wen Tong, senior lecturer from Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Malaya

Date: 2012-05-24
Time: 18:00 to 19:00
Venue: Auditorium 1, Building 5, Level 1, room #14


Wind energy generation in the urban environment has received increasing attention over recent years due to the proximity with the point of use. There are plans to place wind turbines closer to populated areas. Building integrated wind turbine is an option for consideration in the attempt to design sustainable buildings for future cities. Wind conditions in urban areas are generally weak and turbulent due to the presence of high rise buildings. Factors which must be considered are visual impact, acoustic pollution, structural issues, public safety, shadow flicker and electromagnetic interference. An innovative 3-in-1 wind-solar hybrid renewable energy and rain water harvester is designed for urban high rise application. The system was designed to provide optimum surface area and orientation for solar power generation. On the top surface of the PAGV, rain water can be collected, thereby reducing the electrical power required to pump water to the upper levels of the high rise building. The system is designed to eliminate the bird-strike problem and the concern on safety, and reduce the vibration.

About the Speaker

Engr. Dr. Chong Wen Tong graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia with a major in Aeronautics and MEng and PhD from the same university. Dr. Chong worked with Sony Malaysia and Dyson Malaysia before joining University of Malaya in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer. His main focus is Renewable Energy and Green Technology. He won the Best Award and Gold Medal in Malaysia Technology Expo 2010 for his 3-in-1 wind, solar and rain water harvester. He has published more than 20 technical papers on renewable energy research. He is a Member of IET and the Treasurer of the Energy Institute Malaysia Branch. He is currently the National Industrial Expert (Pakar Industri Negara) in the sector of machinery & manufacturing.