Date: 15 September 2013
A project by UTAR academic staff and postgraduate students exhibited in the Engineering Invention & Innovation Exhibition (EINIX), held by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) at a shopping complex in Petaling Jaya on 14 and 15 September 2013, won a consolation prize.
EINIX 2013, held in conjunction with the IEM Engineering Week 2013, was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Dr Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah and closed by the Selangor Chief Minister Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim.
EINIX is an annual competition. This year's competition challenges participants from ASEAN countries to propose inventions or innovations which creatively involve inter-disciplines of engineering to enhance their potential for commercialisation in not only the ASEAN region but also globally.
The UTAR team at EINIX 2013 was from the Faculty of Engineering and Science. It was led by Assoc Prof Ir Dr Lim Yun Seng and lecturer Chua Kein Huat. The two postgraduates involved were Wong Jianhui and Yong Wui Kian. Their prized entry titled 'A Novel Fuzzy Controlled Energy Storage for Low-Voltage Distribution Network with Renewable Energy Sources' aims to maintain the network voltage within the required levels despite the additional amount of energy from renewable sources exceeds the limit imposed for the network.
"The owners of the renewable energy sources can receive the financial benefits by selling their solar electricity at the feed-in tariffs and the government can effectively achieve its mission of reducing the greenhouse gas emission," said Dr Lim, adding that the effectiveness of their energy storage system in regulating voltage had been verified experimentally.