LEADER OF UNIT 1

Associate Professor Dr. Ramlan Zailani

This unit is included in the hierarchical level I (Hierarchical Level I/HLI) basically focused on the generation section in power system terminology. It involves research in renewable energy, grid inverter, anti-reflective (AR) coating on solar panels, energy storage systems, and more.

EXPERTISE

Large Scale Solar
Energy System Integration

Research with industry and/or universities to find the best method to increase the total connectivity of large -scale solar energy systems into the main grid to maintain the reliability and economics of main grid operations. This research study includes integration with other renewable systems including hydropower systems, solar thermal, energy storage systems (ESS/batteries) and many more. This research study is very important to overcome the problems of reliability of the operation of major grids that constrain the development and installation of large-scale solar energy systems in Malaysia and Southeast Asia (S.E.Asia). In addition, energy storage systems (ESS) play an important role in enabling the widespread use of large-scale solar energy systems

Grid Inverter

Research with industry and/or universities to introduce new technologies in inverter grids to connect between solar energy systems and the main grid. Grid inverter has its own special feature where it is able to produce maximum power from solar energy.

 

Anti-Reflective (AR) Coating
on Solar Panels

Research with industry and/or universities to introduce new technologies in anti-reflective (AR) coatings mounted on the surface of solar panels aims to absorb more solar energy so that the performance of solar energy systems can be improved to produce higher energy.

Solar Power Forecasting & Protection

Research with industry and/or universities to find the latest methods in the prediction of electric power generation, electric current, and irradiation for solar energy systems that is  essential for the determination of uncertainty margins in providing more accurate and effective operating cost calculations. In addition, this information is much needed by the transmission system operators, energy traders, energy service providers and independent power producers to assist planning in economic scheduling, energy trading, and safety assessments. In addition, the safety assessment includes forecasting the amount and level of lightning hazards for solar energy system protection planning.

Solar Energy System Performance
Monitoring

Research with industry and/or universities to find the latest methods or approaches to monitor and analyze the performance and reliability of large-scale solar energy systems connected to the main grid. The outcome of this research study will be used as recommendation for the purpose of best practice in maintenance and repair resulting from the monitoring and evaluation on the performance of solar energy systems that operates in main grid for a long period of time.