Date: 7 October 2013
A team comprising seven UTAR academics and students received the merit award in the category of Sustainability and Green IT of the MSC Malaysia Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) at an award presentation ceremony held in Kuala Lumpur on 7 October 2013.
The annual MSC Malaysia APICTA programme aims to provide recognition to outstanding achievements of individuals, students, entrepreneurs, SMEs and organisations in Malaysia who have contributed to the development of the MSC Malaysia initiatives or in building applications and services for the benefit of Malaysia. It is part of the international APICTA programme that recognises creativity, innovation and excellence in ICT.
The winning team from UTAR comprised three academics, Assoc Prof Dr Lim Yun Seng, Asst Prof Dr Stella Morris and lecturer Chua Kein Huat, and four students, Alvey Hau, Nicoline Saw, Chok Eu-Tjin and Ng Soon Hee, from the Faculty of Engineering and Science at UTAR Kuala Lumpur Campus.
The team's winning entry, UTAR-BESS (for battery energy storage system), is a user-friendly multifunctional energy usage management system designed for the future electric power grid that is connected renewable energy sources and smart communication systems. It provides consumers with solutions such as peak demand shaving to reduce the amount billed, voltage regulation to improve power reliability and serving as an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) during power outage.
"Our project can have such an achievement today because we build on the accumulated efforts and experiences of each other, and that's the power of accumulation!" said Chua.
"I thank the lecturers for their guidance and support throughout the competition; it has greatly motivated us," said Hau.
The UTAR team will be among the teams that represent Malaysia to compete in the International APICTA in Hong Kong from 24 to 27 November 2013.