Research Activities in SRI
The Solar Research Institute (SRI) and Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia had pursued a research collaboration with the Public Works Department or Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR), Malaysia on energy efficiency technology for large-scale buildings. Through a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), the collaborative research team lead by Assoc. Prof. Dr Muhammad Murtadha Othman a Director of Solar Research Institute (SRI), had embarked on a four-year research journey comprising two innovative research projects, which were conducted between 2012 to 2021.
The research project has great commercialization potentials and contributes towards the advancement in electrical engineering technology particularly in energy efficiency. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology provides an added value for the invention as well as in line with Malaysia policy on Industrial Revolution 4 (IR4.0). It is a low-cost investment with short duration for the return of investment (ROI) and cost-effective due to low service and maintenance cost. It is also a safe, reliable and energy efficiency electrical system operation that not only provides energy saving by 20% but most importantly providing benefits to the society and the environment.
The first research project was funded by the Malaysia Electricity Supply Industries Trust Account (MESITA) under the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water (KeTTHA). The main objectives were to enhance the energy efficiency of buildings and create awareness among consumers on the importance of saving energy. The research utilized artificial intelligence (AI) in the proposed enhanced energy efficiency technology installed at a large-scale building and the findings have shown a reduction in electrical energy consumption as well as enhanced the energy efficiency. It won a national-level JKR Innovation Award in 2011 and the research was documented in a published book entitled ‘Kecekapan Tenaga: Kajian dan Penyelidikan di Bangunan Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Berkonsepkan Artificial Intelligence’. The research project also received certification from the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP), which confirmed its energy saving potentials. In addition, the invention had been registered with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO)