In order to assist the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 (i.e: Clean Energy for All), the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) collaborated with the United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), organised the 9th Asian School on Renewable Energy in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor. The annual school was held from 23 to 27 May 2016, consisting of lectures and site visits. The site visit destinations were Energy Commission Diamond Building, Advanced Solar Cell Fabrication Laboratory, and Fuel Cell Research Laboratory.
This year’s school was attended by more than 30 (thirty) participants from 7 (seven) countries; Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam. During the 5-day school, the participants—a mix of researchers, consultants, policy makers and ministries officials—learned about the differences between solar thermal and solar photovoltaics, about biomass resources and technology, about fuel cell and hydrogen energy system, as well as low carbon building and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) among others. The School was officially opened on Monday, 23 May 2016 by the the representative of the Minister of Education, Malaysia, and Dr. Osman Benchikh, Focal Point for UN Energy and UNESCO.
In this opportunity, the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) sent a participant to represent ASEAN’s perspective. During a session of countries presentations, Mr. Aloysius Damar Pranadi from ACE presented an ‘Overview of Renewable Energy and its Policies in ASEAN’.
One of the highlights of the lectures given during the School was on Energy Policy and Sustainable Development delivered by Prof. Dato’ Baharudin Yatim (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) and Dr. Chan Hoy Yen (SERI). Chief of SERI and Founder of Asian School on Renewable Energy, Prof. Dato’ Dr. Kamaruzzaman Sopian, was also present and shared his time to talk about pico hydro.
The School was closed with a remark from the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Professor Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan. After a series of lectures for 4 (days), the last day was filled with site visit to Advanced Solar Cell Fabrication Laboratory and Fuel Cell Research Laboratory. (ADM)