Engineering Seminar Series 31, 2013: Renewable-powered Intelligent LED Lighting Network for Rural Areas

Mr Ivan Chew Ken Yoong, ECSE postgraduate student

Date: 2013-06-21
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Engineering Meeting Room 1, 5-4-22


Many rural areas still lack access to electricity, especially regular and sustained electricity. Roughly 1.6 billion people or 26% of the world’s population are living out their lives without the convenience of electricity. 99% of these people who do not have access to electricity live in developing countries, and four out of five live in rural areas. Many rural areas are using primitive methods such as kerosene-based lamps and pressurized kerosene lanterns to light up their villages]. There is a pressing need to provide electricity and cheap, efficient lighting to these areas.By a combination of lighting up rural areas with LEDs and generating clean energy using renewable energy methods, individual villages will be able to generate and consume their own power without being connected to the power distribution grid. The use of LEDs will significantly reduce the power consumption, since they are very efficient compared to traditional electrical lamps. This research aims to design an economically-viable self-sufficient micro power system for remote villages, by designing an intelligent LED lighting network and planning an optimal mix of renewable energy technologies for power generation for a remote village.

About the Speaker

Mr Ivan Chew Ken Yoong graduated with Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) in the field of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from Monash University, 2012. He is currently pursuing Postgraduate studies under the supervision of Dr. Naing Win Oo and Dr. Vineetha Kalavally  in Monash. His research focus is on Renewable technologies, LED lighting in Malaysia, LED driver design.