At UNITEN, pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility is our joyful obsession, and we celebrate fundamental discoveries and practical applications alike.
As educators, we also value research as a potent form of learning by doing.
Research flourishes in our six institutes, five colleges, as well as in UNITEN R&D Sdn Bhd that convene experts across disciplines to explore new intellectual frontiers and attack important societal problems. Our aim is to bring diverse talent to be together tackling on big problems. For instance, the Institute of Sustainable Energy (ISE) promotes participation of a range of faculty and students in its pursuit of sustainable energy at scale. This is fuelled by active research relationships with industry, authority, academia and a wide range of global collaborations.
UNITEN is committed to become a globally competitive and energy-focused university. Energy focused projects such as solar and biodiesel powered vehicles are currently being developed in order to achieve our goal. The Research Roadmap has clearly identified worthy research areas that will give impact to the world.
We are keen to identify opportunities, research and programmes that correspond to the long term needs of our stakeholders. More than RM100 million research grants and consultancy projects have been secured by UNITEN’s researchers so far. UNITEN continually develops partnerships that foster interdisciplinary work. Listed here are the platforms where groundbreaking research is happening every day.
UNITEN R&D Sdn Bhd (URND)
UNITEN R&D Sdn Bhd (URND) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universiti Tenaga Nasional. The company provides a platform for research and development, technology transfer and IP commercialisation activities involving academics, government agencies and industries to harness the next generation technologies in order to catalyse dynamic, relevant, excellent and productive research in the country.
UNITEN R&D Sdn Bhd (URND)
AAIBE Chair of Renewable Energy
AAIBE Chair of Renewable Energy and Institute of Sustainable Energy at UNITEN are supported by PenjanaBebas, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC).
Chair in Energy Economics of Energy Commission at Universiti Tenaga Nasional
The Institute of Energy Policy and Research (IEPRe) was established in July 2008 as part of UNITEN’s strategic transformation to spearhead research and consultancy activities in energy research. To lend further strength to IEPRe research, the Chair in Energy Economics of Energy Commission at UNITEN has been established in 2010. The establishment of the Chair in Energy Economics of Energy Commission at UNITEN is supported by the Energy Commission and Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics at Universiti Tenaga Nasional
Institute of Informatics and Computing in Energy, UNITEN
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) is an energy focus university committed to attaining research excellence in the energy domain. The commitment is manifested through the establishment of five research institutes with respective niche areas related to the energy domain. One of them is the Institute of Informatics and Computing in Energy (IICE), which research area covers all aspects pertaining to the intersections between the information and communication technology (ICT) and the energy domain. Known as energy informatics (EI), the ultimate aim of research in this area is to improve the efficiency of the energy supply industry (ESI) through the advances of the ICT.
Excellence in research entails more than just qualified, dedicated, passionate and competent researchers. It requires adequate resources to execute the research activities under the tutelage of experienced and outstanding scholar. The establishment of an endowed chair will therefore be able to realise the setting up of a sustainable, long-term mechanisms and infrastructure to fulfill the need to fund the research activities.
For this reason, the Tan Sri Leo Moggie Distinguished Chair in Energy Informatics has recently been established at UNITEN, which is fully endowed by TNB to provide esteemed academic leadership and standing, and to catalyse and spearhead the research and development activities in EI. It is also to recognise the outstanding and long lasting service rendered by Tan Sri Leo Moggie as TNB Chairman, and his earlier contribution to TNB through his position as ministers in the relevant ministries.
Listed below are the objectives of the Chair.
- To provide research leadership in the area of Energy Informatics, as well as related areas in ICT, and to contribute in promoting the application of advanced ICT infrastructure in the energy domain.
- To provide support to the Government and the ESI in Malaysia through innovative research and development work in Energy Informatics.
- To produce highly intellectual and skillful talents and experts in the area of Energy Informatics that can contribute to the advancement of ESI in line with the aspiration of Industry 4.0.
- To develop a national blueprint for the digital transformation of the ESI landscape in Malaysia that will serve to guide the industry players in realising the future-proof energy industry.
IICE is proud to become the secretariat of this Chair. With adequate and sustained resources to fund its research activities, IICE would be able to contribute further to the automation and digitalisation of the ESI and to have future-proof and robust energy systems, which are in line with the key pillars of Reimagining TNB and the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). The research outcomes would directly and indirectly contribute to the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 of the country.
The establishment of the Chair is hoped to be able to bring a lot of benefits to the country, particularly to the energy industry including:
- Providing expert services to TNB and other ESI industry players pertaining to the Energy Informatics, including the development of advanced ICT infrastructure for future-proof energy systems and extensive digitalisation of ESI operations.
- Spearheading research, development and innovation in Energy Informatics, and exploring the means to address the four key pillars of Reimagining TNB, future generation sources, grid of the future, winning over customers and future-proof regulations, from the perspective of the ICT.
- Supporting TNB and the Malaysia ESI in developing critical mass of human capital, at both professional and skilled levels, for the greater expansion of the Energy Informatics area.
- Attracting international and national scholars alike to pursue research and development in Energy Informatics at IICE, UNITEN in particular and Malaysia in general, in an effort to establish UNITEN as The Energy University renowned globally.
UNITEN Press was incepted on 30th April 2020 and aspires to become a conduit in presenting UNITEN’s research and academic knowledge repository to the public.
UNITEN Press objectives are to provide an avenue for UNITEN staff to publish research books and other relevant academic publications by streamlining the concerted efforts of publications among academic researchers.
It is also a platform to disseminate research findings and new knowledge mainly in the field of engineering, information technology and business through a centralized hub that is widely accessible to researchers and public around the globe.
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UNITEN researchers collaborate with many leading local, national, and international organisations to further drive exploration and innovation.
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
UNITEN Smart UniverCity
UNITEN is gearing up to turn its Putrajaya campus into a smart “city” in an effort to create a “smart society”. Dubbed the UNITEN Smart UniverCity, the entire project provides a unique campus experience by enriching staff, students and visitors experience through the usage of technology.
UNITEN has developed a strategy for Smart UniverCity project through a consolidated effort by various entities in TNB to translate the Smart City concept within UNITEN’s community.
The main focus of UNITEN Smart UniverCity is to improve campus community life through smart technologies towards creating solutions that will enable integration between various applications and the students’ lifestyle.
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