UTM PROSPECT Energy Efficiency and Waste to Wealth inventions bag gold awards at Malaysia Technology Exhibition (MTE) 2021

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March 28, 2021

UTM PROSPECT Energy Efficiency and Waste to Wealth inventions bag gold awards at Malaysia Technology Exhibition (MTE) 2021

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About the Gold Award Winners Of SEDAR And W2W

UTM-Process Systems Engineering Centre (UTM-PROSPECT) software products SEDAR (Smart Energy Demand Analysis and Reduction) and W2W (Waste-to-Wealth Trading Platform) were announced as gold award winners at the Malaysia Technology Exhibition (MTE) today.

The rigorous MTE screening and judging processes are testimonies of SEDAR and W2W as best-in-class and globally unique 4IR-driven software inventions that promote sustainable consumption and production and contribute toward circular economy.  Developed under UTM-PROSPECT R&D and commercialisation programs, SEDAR and W2W have been  licensed to UTM-registered spinoff company Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE).

Head of the SEDAR Project, Professor Ir Ts Dr Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi, who was recently named as one of eight Asia’s leading women scientists said that, SEDAR is the first humanised IoT-based  smart system that integrates building management, with autonomous end users’ actions enabled by sensors and controllers of building electrical appliances. Behaviour-influencing energy saving features in SEDAR such as competition and gamification, notification, rewards, incentives and penalty are vital in driving users to conserve energy. SEDAR also provides data analytics on user consumption patterns for organisations to analyse and design effective energy management and improvement programs.

Ir Dr Lim Jeng Shiun who is the W2W co-inventor and a young prolific UTM researcher,  professional engineer and educator said that, Waste 2 Wealth (W2W) website is Malaysia’s first digital advertising platform to allow industrial players, researchers, government organisations and authorities to promote and trade waste, resources, services, and green innovations online. W2W targets to help industries in finding suitable buyers and potential suppliers for reusable waste as a cheaper material substitute through the convenient online advertising agent to facilitate waste exchange practice.  Ir Dr Lim envisioned for W2W to be an essential platform to catalyse regional and global transition toward circular economy.

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Prospective Thermal Energy Recovery Technologists (TERT) progress to the Advanced Level of TERT Certification Program

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March 14, 2021

Prospective Thermal Energy Recovery Technologists (TERT) progress to the Advanced Level of TERT Certification Program

About the Prospective TERT Progress to the Advanced Level

Malaysia’s first online Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) certification program enters the Advance Level (Level 2) today with the first batch of 25 selected trainees from among the future as well as experienced energy auditors, energy managers, consultants, industrial practitioners, technologists and researchers out of nearly 100 TERT workshop applicants. 

Fully sponsored by PENJANA HRDF Gig fund, the workshop is part of OPTIMISE’s and UTM-PROSPECT’s initiative to build capacity and expertise for the current and future Thermal Energy Auditors and Experts, in support of the government’s aspiration to build resilience and create a sustainable and efficient industrial eco-system through initiatives such as the National Energy Award (NEA), Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG) and the anticipated enactment of Malaysia’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA).

TERT participants who completed the “Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist User Level training from 28th Feb to 2nd March expressed their desire to master practical implementation of the techniques, and secure certification by completing all 4 TERT modules.

The Advance TERT (Level 2) is aimed at upskilling participants on the Advanced Process Integration based on Pinch Analysis techniques to maximise industrial energy savings. Level 2 modules include advanced techniques to maximise industrial thermal energy efficiency including integration of combined heat and power systems, implementing process changes, large scale site-wide heat integration and analysis and retrofit of existing heat recovery networks. Participants of TERT Level 2 shall be assigned practical industrial projects to simulate real-life industrial thermal energy audit.

Participants who completed this week’s Advanced TERT Level 2 module will have the chance to be a Certified TERT Expert by completing TERT Level 3. Participants shall need to complete their sets of project team assignment, and pass a qualifying exam for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 3: Expert’ certification.

Finally, participants will have the chance to promote themselves to the level of an industrial practitioner by completing a real life industrial process integration project. Upon successful completion of the project, participants are required to submit the project report to be verified by the company manager. Participants will finally undergo a competency-based interview to communicate their experiences as a proof the acquired competency. Successful completion of this level will earn them ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist –TERT Level 4: Industrial Practitioner’ Certification.

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This article is published on March 14, 2021 by Optimal Systems Engineering

Maximising Energy and Resource Cost Savings in Industrial Energy Audit

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March 8, 2021

Maximising Energy and Resource Cost Savings in Industrial Energy Audit

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Up to 50% of the industry’s thermal energy input is finally lost as waste heat in exhaust gases, cooling water, and on heated surfaces and products [Ref: Thermal Energy: Sources, Recovery and Applications. Yatish T. Shah, 2018].  Recovery of thermal energy from waste heat presents the biggest cost-saving opportunity through energy efficiency improvement in the industrial sector.  

Find out how you can systematically maximise energy efficiency and cost savings by attending the online webinar titled “Minimise Industrial Thermal and Electrical Energy, waste, resources and cost using Pinch Analysis”.  The webinar is organised by the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) on 13 March, 2021 from 9 am – 11 am.

Featuring Professor Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi,  a leading expert on maximising industrial thermal energy efficiency using Pinch Analysis, the talk is expected to benefit engineers, technologists, researchers and academicians dealing with energy and resource conservation.

A key highlight of the talk is how practical implementation of Pinch Analysis can help industrial facilities maximise thermal and electrical energy efficiency and support the Malaysian government initiatives such as the Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG), and the anticipated enactment of Malaysia’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA).

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Energy Audit Conditional Grant Now Open for Application!

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March 5, 2021

Energy Audit Conditional Grant Now Open for Application!

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Good news to all industrial and commercial facilities!

The Malaysia government has approved for the Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG) to be continued for the 12th Malaysia Plan. The EACG is now open for application for both commercial and industry buildings in Malaysia for year 2021 until 2025.

What is Energy Audit Conditional Grant (EACG)?

The Energy Audit Conditional Grant is a grant provided by the government for companies based in Malaysia to conduct energy audit within their premises by appointing an Energy Service Company (ESCO).  This phase of EACG covers both electrical and thermal energy audits.  The grant limit, according to sector is in the range of:

    • Commercial: RM 50,000.00 – RM 55,000.00
    • Industrial: RM 85,000.00 – RM 90,000.00

EACG recipients will need to invest on implementing the recommended energy saving measures (ESM) equivalent or higher than the amount of grant received within 3 years. For the year 2021, only 25 commercial buildings and 46 industries premises is allocated. Funding is typically limited. So, do apply soon before the grant is fully allocated.

What is an Energy Audit?

An energy audit is a systematic assessment of the baseline energy consumption efficiency within a facility, followed by identification of energy efficiency improvement opportunities and cost-saving measures.  Read more

Who can apply for the grant?

Any industrial or commercial buildings which consumes or generate electrical energy amounting to equal or more than 3,000,000 kWh at one metering point for 6 consecutive months.  These are also the “designated companies” that fall under the Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations (EMEER) 2008 (excluding Sarawak).  These companies are required to appoint a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) in their company (this again excludes Sarawak).  Companies based in Sarawak can apply for EACG by providing their energy bills as the proof of consumption/generation.

Where can I apply for the grant?

Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA Malaysia) is the implementing agency for both commercial and industrial building for the RMK12 EACG, and Suruhanjaya Tenaga is the coordinator. 

The grant can be applied from the following website: EACG Application

What are the conditions to apply for the grant?

Below are some key conditions for the grants:

    1. Company must fall under EMEER and has a REEM (exclude Sarawak).
    2. Company must appoint an Energy Service Company (ESCO) registered under Suruhanjaya Tenaga website or Electrical Inspectorate Unit (for Sarawak only).
    3. The Energy Audit must be completed within two months starting from the date of contract signing.
    4. Companies can commit to implement the energy saving measures (ESMs) within 3 years by using their own internal budget, or by applying for external funding from loan or through Energy Performance Contracting (EPC). The amount of investment for implementing the energy conservation measures must be equal or more than the amount of grant funding.
    5. There is a minimum energy saving percentage that needs to be achieved yearly for commercial and industrial buildings. The total minimum energy saving is 20% for commercial and 10% for industries.
    6. Companies that have achieved energy cost savings that are equal to or exceed the allocated grant amount are also considered to have fulfilled the requirement.
    7. No-cost ESMs must be implemented immediately. Read more about different types of Energy Saving Measures (ESMs): Click Here
    8. All progress of ESMs must be reported to SEDA and Energy Management Information System (EMIS) provided by the Energy Commission every 6 months.
    9. Each company can only apply for one EACG.
    10. The installation must install a sub-metering for energy consumption monitoring purpose within the contract period (3 years) after the energy audit is completely done.

Where can I find ESCO company?

The list of Energy Service Companies (ESCO) registered under Suruhanjaya Tenaga can be obtained from the following website: ESCO List

Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd is one of the Energy Service Companies (ESCO) registered under Suruhanjaya Tenaga. For more information on how to apply and benefit from EACG, please contact us at: Contact Us

During the previous batch of EACG implementation, members of OPTIMISE have been appointed by SEDA to share our experience in driving the successful implementation of sustainable energy management program at the premises of University Teknologi Malaysia in Skudai Johor. During the time, we had managed to outreach more than 500 companies through several sharing sessions organsied by SEDA throughout Malaysia.

Contact Us here to further discuss on how we can help your business to utilise this EACG grant today.

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This article is published on March 5, 2021 by Optimal Systems Engineering

5 Major Pitfalls of Piecemeal Energy Management Initiative

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January 12, 2021

5 Major Pitfalls of Piecemeal Energy Management Initiative

For over three decades, we have advanced the mission to create sustainable societies through UTM-PROSPECT and OPTIMISE in our roles as developer of innovative solutions, products and programs; professional practitioners and coaches, champions of education and social activists spreading public awareness on energy and resource conservation. Our lifelong and life-wide pursuit of sustainable development enabled us to engage world leading organisations, scientists, scholars, professionals and distinguished experts from across disciplines and nationalities worldwide.

We have been particularly committed in advocating a Holistic Approach for Energy Management and have always encouraged organisations to look at the Big Picture of Energy Audit (See Article: Consider the Big Picture).  

In this space, we feel compelled to share our practical implementation experiences that are backed by our rigorous, internationally validated  and referenced research on key elements that constitute a comprehensive and holistic approach toward achieving impactful outcomes of energy management initiatives.  

We begin by highlighting 5 Major Pitfalls of a Piecemeal Energy Management Initiative. Please click the links provided to find out more on how each pitfall could be addressed.

The 5 major pitfalls of a piecemeal energy management initiative:

    1. Energy audit and energy managers covering only electrical energy may miss thermal energy conservation measures as the number one industrial energy saving opportunity.  
    2. Industrial energy audits that are confined to only a facility supply side, i.e. boilers and steam systems may only address symptoms of energy loss and have limited impact. Pinch Analysis would be a critical enabler for auditors to address both the energy supply and demand sides and to maximise energy savings.
    3. Energy feasibility studies are merely useful for estimating the amount and value of energy savings.  The effectiveness of implemented schemes should be verified by employing a rigorous Measurement & Verification procedure.
    4. Energy conservation initiative cannot be sustained without implementing a comprehensive Energy Management System (EMS). A resilient and future-ready EMS must include innovative, smart and tech-driven elements.
    5. Organisations exceeding a threshold energy usage shall need to manage not only electrical, but also thermal energy consumption.  Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia are among ASEAN countries that have long joined developed countries in regulating both thermal and electrical energy. In line with Malaysia’s anticipated enactment of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA) by this year (2021), the Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) is expected to assume the role of Registered Energy Manager (REM).
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About Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) in Malaysia

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January 10, 2021

About Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) in Malaysia

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What is Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation (3)?

Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation was enacted on 15 December 2008 by the Malaysia Energy Commission (EC) with the primary goal to improve energy management practices among large energy consumers.  The EMEER 2008 Regulation 3 applies to:

    • Any installation which receives electrical energy from a licensee or supply authority with a total electricity consumption equal to or exceeding 3,000,000 kWh as measured at one metering point or more, over any period of six consecutive months; or
    • Any installation that is used or operated by a private installation licensee with a total net electrical energy generation equal to or exceeding 3,000,000 kWh over any period of six consecutive months.
“I got a written notice from the Malaysia Energy Commission (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) stating that our company would need to comply with Efficient Management of Electrical Energy Regulations 2008 (EMEER 2008) Regulation (3). What do I do now?”
 

What do I need to do if I receive the EMEER 2008 notice?

Upon receiving the EMEER 2008 notice, as the energy manager or the person in charge of managing energy/sustainability initiatives for your (organisation/company) installation, the first thing you need to do is to appoint a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) for your company.  Within the first three months of the notice, you need to inform the  Energy Commission of the REEM appointment, and provide data on your company’s energy policy, energy objectives and energy management planning.  Thereafter, every six months, your company would need to submit a report to the Energy Commission’s Energy Management Information System (EMIS) portal, on the measures taken by your company to manage and reduce electrical energy consumption at your installation. The REEM you have appointed should be the one to guide you through this process.

What is the Energy Management Information System (EMIS) system?

Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is an EMEER 2008 online reporting platform under The Energy Commission.  EMIS was developed in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).  Installations under EMEER 2008 shall need to fill up their report every six months using this platform. The report must be verified and approved by the designated REEM before its final submission.  EMIS website address is https://emis.st.gov.my.

EMIS covers two main sectors, i.e. ‘Commercial and Government Sector’ and ‘Industry Sector’. It is crucial for you to choose the correct ‘Subsectors and Product Types’ and ‘Unit of Measure – UOM’ according to your installation. In EMIS, the Installation User first has to fill in ‘Installation Data’ that consists of ‘Installation’s Details’, ‘Installation’s Electricity Account Number’, ‘Installation’s Variables’, ‘Installation’s Fuels’ and ‘Installation’s Products (For Industry Sector only)’.

Next, every six months, the Installation User has to report its six months electricity and fuel consumption (covering the reporting period), production information (for Industrial Sector only) and Energy Saving Measures (ESM) information. The report is then submitted to the company REEM for the report to be approved and verified. Once this is completed, Form A and Form B shall be generated by EMIS. Form A is to be signed by the installation and form B, by the REEM. These forms need to be submitted to the Energy Commission within the specified report submission deadline. In EMIS, the installation can also analyse its electricity and fuel consumption trends, Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) trend, compare its electricity consumption to the selected baseline, perform regression analysis, and analyse energy savings using the Cumulative Sum (CUSUM) chart.

An experienced REEM can guide the installation to fill up the information required by EMIS. The REEM’s tasks include providing advice on drafting an energy policy, setting up an energy management committee, formulating energy objectives and ESM direction and action plan, and interpreting the energy data generated from EMIS.

What is a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)?

A Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) is a person certified under the Energy Commission as having the competency in managing electrical energy usage for an EMEER-designated installation, and has knowledge of the Acts and Regulations that govern a designated company. Not all REEM can serve another company, and this needs to be checked based on the certification they have obtained.   

You can appoint an external REEM or train your personnel to be a REEM by sending them to courses certified by the Energy Commission such as the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC). The EMTC is a 5-day intensive training program that includes examination and assignments that a participant needs to complete and passed before he/she can apply for conversion to REEM. Training an in-house REEM would benefit a company in the long run as it helps sustain a company’s energy management program.  However, this may take time. As an alternative, working with an experienced external REEM would help.

What is the primary job scope of a Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM)?

A Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) has five primary key responsibilities, as specified by the Energy Commission. These include

    • To audit and analyse an installation’s electrical energy consumption.  To do this, a REEM would have to conduct an energy audit and energy analysis for the designated installation.  
    • To advise in developing and implementing measures to ensure efficient electrical energy management at the installation. The advice is based on the preliminary energy audit analysis or a detailed technical energy audit report from an energy auditor.
    • To monitor the effective implementation of the measures.  
    • To supervise the keeping of records on efficient management of electrical energy at the installation, and to verify the document’s accuracy.  
    • To ensure timely submission of information and reports under regulations for your company.

What is the range of Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) service I should look?

Depending on your budget, an external REEM provides a range of services from those who merely approve and sign the submission reports to the Energy Commission, to those who cover the five key REEM responsibilities.  Some REEMs also provide advice on proper energy management system implementation that includes thermal energy management on top of covering the five job scope specified by EC.   In the upcoming Energy Efficiency Conservation Act (EECA) that is anticipated to be enacted by the end of 2021, thermal energy which offers the most energy saving potential in industry will be part of the regulation.  Under EECA, energy managers will have to manage and reduce both electrical and thermal energy in their facilities.  

We are among the very few REEMs that provide advice on how to conserve thermal energy.  In the context of Malaysia, thermal energy conservation measures can help companies achieve more cost savings and prepare them toward the enactment of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act (EECA) that is expected to require for a company to appoint a registered in house energy manager (Registered Energy Manager, REM) to manage both electrical and thermal energy consumption and utilisation.   Companies would be able to sustain energy cost savings and reap all the benefits of holistic and proper energy management systems (EMS) implementation by working with a REEM who can provide all the required services specified under the REEM job scope, and also cover thermal energy management.

A REEM with experiences on actual EMS implementation within their own organisations would add tremendous value to the company hiring them. The REEM would be in the best position to advise companies on how to set up EMS such as ISO50001 and AEMAS Energy Management Gold Standard.  Such REEM could offer the best value for money service because, not only can they help ensure a company’s compliance with EMEER 2008 regulation, but also assist the company sustain energy cost saving, improve profitability, project a positive image and ultimately gain a competitive edge.  

For companies intending to periodically conduct a detailed energy audit, appointing a REEM that includes such audit services would be worthwhile considering, as it would be beneficial and cost effective for the company in the long run.

My company needs an external Registered Electrical Energy Manager (REEM) urgently, where do I find one?

Good news! We provide a range of REEM service packages from the essential, to premium services at very affordable prices! Optimal Systems Engineering has a team of experienced REEMs certified under the Energy Commission with extensive experience and expertise in developing and implementing EMS under AEMAS (EMGS) and ISO50001.  

Our team has assisted Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in winning the ASEAN Energy Award and becoming the first EMGS 3 Star-certified organisation in ASEAN.  As a result of the AEMAS EMGS implementation, UTM has achieved energy savings of more than USD6 Million.  We are also the certified Energy Managers Training Centre for the Southern Region of Malaysia.  We regularly conduct the Energy Manager Training Course (EMTC) as part of the CEM certification requirement, as well as ISO50001 (See More Training).  We are also available to conduct an in-house EMTC and help your company develop and implement an EMS under AEMAS or ISO50001.

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This article is published on January 10, 2021 by Optimal Systems Engineering