Engineering Seminar Series 12/1_2010: Solar Energy Utilisation – Photovoltaics Aspects

Prof. Kamaruzzaman Bin Sopian, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Date: 2010-09-01
Time: 17:00 to 18:00
Venue: Plenary Theatre 2-1-01


The world depends on the availability of cheap and abundant energy for survival. The growth of modern industry and increase in world population have made additional and extensive demands on the energy supply chain. We have been facing this since the 1970’s. With the advent of 2010 we now face the added problem of global warming and climate change. Once again Solar Energy is propelled into the forefront of Green Energy and Technology for sustainability. There are two basic aspects of solar energy utilisation. One is the generation of electricity using solar energy and the other is the more direct thermal utilisation. The talk is being presented by two of the country’s foremost authority on solar energy studies. Together they have more than 70 years of solar R & D. The talk would focus on the basic methods in which solar energy could be harvested, stored and utilised. It would be of interest to academics, researchers, engineers, scientists, technologists industrialists, policy makers, entrepreneurs as well as members of the general public who are interested to know more about how solar energy could be utilised especially in the Malaysian context.

About the Speaker

Kamaruzzaman Bin Sopian obtained his BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, MSc in Energy Resources from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from the Dorgan Solar Laboratory, University of Miami in 1997. He is presently the Professor in Renewable Energy at the Department of Mechanical and Material Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Currently, he is the Director of the Solar Energy Research Institute, a center of excellence for the research and development in solar energy technology. He has been involved in the field of solar energy for more than twenty years. His main contributions are in solar radiation modeling, alternative material for solar absorber, solar water heating system with integrated storage system, solar desalination, solar cooling, day lighting using solar light pipes, solar assisted drying systems, grid-connected photovoltaic system, thin film silicon solar cells, combined photovoltaic thermal or hybrid collector and solar hydrogen production system. He has published over 400 research papers in journals and conferences. He has delivered keynotes speeches at national and international conferences on renewable energy. He is the founding member of the Malaysian Institute of Energy, member of the World Renewable Energy Network based in the United Kingdom and is an associate editor of the Renewable Energy published by Elsevier Ltd. He heads several national subcommittees on renewable energy by the Malaysian government to promote awareness, market enhancement, policy studies and the applications renewable energy.