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

Inaugural Thermal Energy Technologist (TERT) Certification Training Programme

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Inaugural Thermal Energy Technologist (TERT) Certification Training Programme

Organised by UTM Spinoff company, Optimal Systems Engineering Sdn Bhd (OPTIMISE).

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TERT training is now offered by OPTIMISE Academy

Malaysia’s first online Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) workshop series kicked off yesterday with the first batch of 25 selected trainees from among future and experienced energy auditors, energy managers, consultants, industrial practitioners, technologists and researchers out of nearly 100 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).

The current batch of TERT trainees is expected to complete User (Level 1) and Advanced (Level 2) of the TERT workshop program by the end of March 2021. There are four levels of the Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist (TERT) Certification program. TERT Level 1 is a three-day workshop session aimed at providing participants with the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist “User Level” recognition upon successful completion of the module.  TERT Level 1 began on 28th February and will end on 2nd March 2021.

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A group photo of Trainers & Trainees of TERT level 1

Next, TERT Level 2 is aimed at upskilling participants on the advanced Process Integration based on Pinch Analysis techniques to maximise energy savings. Level 2 modules include integration of combined heat and power systems, implementing process changes, manufacturing site-wide analysis and retrofit of existing heat exchanger networks. Passing this module will qualify participants for the ‘Thermal Energy Recovery Technologist – Level 2: Advanced’ expertise.

Participants who completed the Advanced TERT module will have the chance to be a Certified TERT Expert by completing TERT Level 3.  Participants shall need to complete a set of 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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Dr Lim Jeng Shiun covering his topic with fellow trainees on the second day of TERT training.
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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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This article is published on January 12, 2021 by Optimal Systems Engineering