Chief Operating Officer, SEDA Malaysia
Ir. Dr Ali Askar Sher Mohamad graduated with a BSc (Electrical Engineering) from Purdue University, West Lafayette, and a Masters in Power Engineering from UNSW, Sydney. He completed his PhD at Uniten on the technical impact of connecting large scale solar PV plants to the medium voltage network. He has served TNB in various capacities, including Planning Engineer, Project Manager, District Manager and HRD Manager. He taught at Uniten from 2009 to 2011, teaching renewable energy and power systems subjects where he also acted as a consultant for Power System Studies and Feasibility Studies for various renewable energy plants, including hydro, solar PV and biomass. He acted as the Technical Advisor to MBIPV team and later the Interim SEDA team on RE generation grid connection issues and related legislation. In November 2011, he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of the newly set up Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia. Ir. Dr Ali is the Chairman of the SIRIM Technical Committee on RE, member of the Publication committee of the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), as well as being a panel member of the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC).
RE development started formally with the introduction of SREP in 2001, and got a kick start with the introduction of FiT in 2011. After almost 2 years, more than 120 MW of RE is now grid-connected, with a total of 500 MW expected by 2015, almost 50 % short of the target set by the National RE Master Plan.
The shortfall is due to the limit of the small RE Fund to pay for the premium tariffs. A new policy and direction is needed if Malaysia is to achieve the 2020 target of 2000 MW of grid-connected RE.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PLENARY:Solar PV Development: Looking Beyond FiTs Towards a Brighter Future
Siddharta Sen Gupta
Vice President, Emergent Venture, India
Siddhartha Sen Gupta heads the Solar PV team at EVI. Siddhartha has more than 18 years of experience in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy in India, Middle East and Europe. Siddhartha’s work experience includes grid connected PV projects in Europe, industrial off-grid PV projects in Middle East and rural electrification PV projects in India. Siddhartha has worked in all possible applications of Solar PV and the roles included business development, design & engineering, technology assessment, vendor development, project management, QA etc. He underwent several trainings on Solar PV Systems which includes training on ‘Grid connected Solar PV System Design and Engineering’ in California, USA. Siddhartha holds B.E degree in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Durgapur (India) and is a Member of Engineers Ireland (MIEI).
Mr Siddharta will take a session on the Solar PV development in India based on Non-FiT mechanism. In India, there are other mechanisms for Solar PV project development, which are not based on FiT, like REC (Renewable Energy Certificate), Private PPA (third party sale), RPO (Renewable Power Obligation), Capital incentive, Net-metering, Captive consumption etc. Mr Sihhharta will discuss on this. It is very relevant for Malaysia to look beyond FiT, mechanism, as fund available for FiT is limited. More over Malaysia needs to think for more market driven mechanism.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PLENARY: Transformation of Pajam Landfill into Integrated Renewable Energy Park: An Environmental and Economic Success Story
Achmat Nadhrain Bin Ibrahim
General Manager, Cypark Resources Berhad
Mr Achmat Nadhrain Ibrahim, is general manager of Cypark Resources Berhad (Cypark), a Malaysian public listed company specializing in renewable energy and environmental remediation.
Nadhrain started his career as an engineer in the areas of design, procurement and fabrication before venturing into property development, construction and facilities management with Malaysian global based companies. He was responsible for both local and international projects including involvement in localization, technology transfer and vendor development activities.
Nadhrain’s portfolio at Cypark includes overseeing the company’s daily operations, from engineering and research to business development and marketing. His accomplishments include the award-winning Taman Beringin Safely Engineered Landfill Restoration Project in Kuala Lumpur, 16 Safely Engineered Landfill Closure Projects in Peninsular Malaysia, an Integrated Renewable Energy Park (8MW Solar Park and 2MW Biogas) in Pajam, Malaysia and a CDM Project in Taman Beringin Landfill Kuala Lumpur and Jabor-Jerangau Landfill, Johor, Malaysia.
The installation of solar panels on safely engineered closed landfill in Pajam, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia illustrates how innovative sustainable energy projects can breathe new life into otherwise unusable sites. The project, started in July 2011 and completed in December 2011 by Cypark Resources Berhad, a public listed company specializing in renewable energy (RE) development and environmental remediation, opens a new chapter in Malaysia’s energy lore.
The 8MW solar farm – the first phase of a 13MW solar and 2MW biogas integrated RE park – illustrates how 21st century technology could unlock the economic potential of even the most unusable space. The facility, a fully private funded initiative by Cypark, adheres to international standards and best practices.
Besides being Malaysia’s first and largest grid-connected solar park on a safely closed landfill, an accolade accorded by the Malaysia Book of Records, it is also the first solar project completed under Malaysia’s ambitious national Economic Transformation Program. Energy generated by the park is sold to the national grid.
The presentation will share and focus on new opportunities in sustainability, green energy generation and environmental management.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PLENARY: Solar PV Energy System in Thailand – Policy, Implementation, Grid Integration and Technical Challenge
Dr. Wuthipong Suponthana
Managing Director, Leonics Co., Ltd. Thailand
Dr Wuthipong hold a PhD in Renewable Energy. He is presently the Managing Director of Leonics Co., Ltd., Thailand and also sits in the Management Board, National Electronics and Computer Technologies (NECTEC), Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand. Dr Wuthipong also serves as the Deputy Secretary, Electrical, Electronics and Allied Club, Federation of Thai Industries, Thailand. He is an expert in Thai Technical Committee, TC890/1 Electromagnetic compatibility low frequency and TC1016, Solar Energy System under the Ministry of Industries, Thailand.
Dr Wuthipong also represents Thailand in IEA PVPS Taskforce 14 (High Penetration of PV System in Electrical Grid) and Taskforce 11 (PV Hybrids in Mini Grids). He also lectures at Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon, Thailand.
Thailand experiences of using Solar PV for more than 35 years. Since then we have 3 major events and policies that boost the accumulate installation of Solar PV energy systems which are 240,000 Solar Home Project in 2004, Adder scheme incentive in 2006 and the FIT scheme in 2013.
The installation of Solar PV has jump up from few MWp since first era of 25 years to more than 28 MWp in 2005. Now Thailand has planned to have total Solar PV installed for more than 3,000MWp in 2021. With the Adder scheme there are 2,000MWp register to sell electricity to grid line. The latest policies is to implement 34 MWp installed on roofs of government building nationwide, 200MWp on residential and commercial roofs and 800MWp under Solar PV power plant for local communities project.
The policies create different impact in term of industry expansion, economical & investment and technical challenge on both generation & distribution in Thailand electrical network.
The presentation will share events, situation and how our utility companies plan to handle the grid integration initiated from the national policies.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PLENARY: Smart Integration of Renewable Sources: Technologies to Technical Challenges
Dr Mithulan Nadarajah
University of Queensland, Australia
Dr. Mithulan Nadarajah has 20 years of combined teaching, research and industry experience. He has a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. His B.Sc. (Eng.) and M. Eng. degrees are from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, in May 1993 and August 1997, respectively. Prior to joining the University of Queensland from 2009, Mithulan was attached to Energy Field of Study at AIT as an Associate Professor. His previous professional positions include: Planning Engineer at Generation Planning division for 2 years at Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka and Project Leader, at the Centre of Excellence in Electric Power Technology (CEEPT) for one year at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
So far he supervised 50 research Masters, 6 doctoral students and several thesis project students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has involved in 30 projects with a total budget over 3 million US$, as a principal or co-principal investigator. The projects were funded by European Union (EU) and other international donor agencies such as Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), NORAD, Australian Research Council (ARC), CSIRO and Australian Power Institute (API). His research network includes most of the member nations in ASEAN, other Asian countries such as India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and a number of European countries (France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands). He also served as the Coordinator of Energy Field of Study and Director of Regional Energy Resource Information Centre (RERIC), during September 2005 to December 2007.
His main areas of research interests are analytical studies on electric power grids, power system interconnections, application of FACTS devices in power system, integration of renewable energy and Electric Vehicle. Based on his research, he published over 150 articles, including technical reports, book chapters, refereed journal and conference papers. He is a senior member of IEEE.
Integration of renewable energy resource based generation has been increasing significantly around the world during the last decade. While the integration brought interesting opportunities for power sector to address environmental issues, address energy security concerns and enjoy economic benefits the challenges due to high penetration should not be overlooked. The challenges, more specifically technical challenges could be a threat to secure operation of the grid. Technical challenges that could range from reverse power flow and congestion leading to higher losses to more unstable operation due to the variability and technology used in harnessing renewable energy resource to electrical energy. This talk covers the technologies used in renewable based DG integration to technical challenges. The talk covers potential solutions to those technical issues and a number of case studies on what is known as smart integration of generating sources based on renewable.