Engineering Seminar Series 17/1_2010: Wind Energy

Dr Chong Wen Tong

Date: 2010-10-13
Time: 17:00 to 18:00
Venue: LT 5-0-01


This talk will cover two topics, namely, wind energy and rain water harvesting. The wind energy session will overview the wind energy development, wind turbine types, aerodynamics of wind turbines, wind resource estimation and site study, wind turbine design and performance, and the environmental impacts of wind turbines. The potential of urban wind energy and feasibility of building integrated wind turbine will also be reviewed. The rain water harvesting session will discuss on the advantages and disadvantages of rain water harvesting, roof catchment system, first flush device and storage system. The talk will wrap-up with a review on the patented design of the 3-in-1 wind, solar and rain water harvester for urban high rise applications. This new concept of building integrated green energy is able to minimize the safety issues and visual impact to site wind turbine in populated areas.

About the Speaker

Engr. Dr. Chong Wen Tong graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University Technology Malaysia with a major in Aeronautics in 1995. He was awarded the Best Student Award for his academic achievement. He received the Fellowship Award for further studies, and obtained his M.Eng. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the same university.

Dr. Chong started his career with Sony Malaysia where he worked on the design and development of audio-video products. He also spent another 4 years in product design and precision machining industries. In 2002, Dr. Chong joined Dyson Malaysia. He was Team Leader of the Technology and Mechanical Team, and was responsible for research, design and development works on vacuum cleaner and hand dryer. He participated in several projects, in which some were award-winning products.  During his tenure, some patents were registered and he was also responsible for the creation of Dyson new technology. He also conducted several product design lectures and workshops in Malaysia and Singapore.

Dr. Chong joined the University of Malaya in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His main focus is Renewable Energy and Green Technology. He is the inventor of the 3-in-1 wind, solar and rain water harvester. For this invention, he won the Best Award and Gold Medal in the Malaysia Technology Expo 2010. Dr. Chong has published more than 12 technical papers on wind energy research, and one of his technical papers received the Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering 2009. He is also involved in several professional bodies, and is currently the Honorary Treasurer of the Energy Institute (EI) Malaysia.