Engineering Seminar Series 12/2_2010: Solar Energy Utilisation – Solar Thermal Aspects

Assoc. Prof. K. S. Ong, Monash University Sunway Campus

Date: 2010-09-01
Time: 18:00 to 19:00
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

K S Ong is Associate Professor at Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia. He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD from the Imperial College of Science and Technology of London University in 1965, 1966 and 1971. He retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering from University of Malaya in 1997 and joined Monash University after his retirement. Dr. Ong is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, UK and the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council, UK and the Board of Engineers, Malaysia. He has authored and co-authored more than 100 papers in International Journals and Conferences. His current research interests are in Heat Pipes, Solar Energy, Heat Pumps, Drying and Thermoelectric.